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As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Call For Papers

20th Anniversary Special Issue

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Journal Virology, we invite authors from some highly cited research articles in Virology Journal to contribute short commentaries about their own studies. 

Currently open for submissions

Broadly protective anti-viral vaccines

This thematic series welcomes articles exploring recent developments and promising new research avenues for the development of broadly protective anti-viral vaccines, as well as hurdles and limitations. Studies considering aspects of health economics and health services are also in scope in this series, including research funding, international cooperation, and global investment for better pandemic preparedness. Currently open for submissions - Submit Here

Coronaviruses: emerging and re-emerging pathogens in humans and animals

This thematic series emphasizes advances and key discoveries in the animal origin, viral evolution, epidemiology, diagnostics and pathogenesis of different emerging and re-emerging coronaviruses. Currently open for submissions - Submit Here 

Edited by Susanna K. P. Lau, Hayes Luk, Siddharth Sridhar, and Linfa Wang

Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases

This cross-journal collection brings together in one place articles outlining those diseases (and their vectors) that are likely to spread or are already spreading across borders due to the effects of climate change. Currently open for submissions - Submit Here


  1. Authors: Chutikarn Chaimayo, Bualan Kaewnaphan, Nattaya Tanlieng, Niracha Athipanyasilp, Rujipas Sirijatuphat, Methee Chayakulkeeree, Nasikarn Angkasekwinai, Ruengpung Sutthent, Nattawut Puangpunngam, Theerawoot Tharmviboonsri, Orawan Pongraweewan, Suebwong Chuthapisith, Yongyut Sirivatanauksorn, Wannee Kantakamalakul and Navin Horthongkham

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Aims and scope

Virology Journal is an open access, peer reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of virology, including research on the viruses of animals, plants and microbes. The journal welcomes basic research as well as pre-clinical and clinical studies of novel diagnostic tools, vaccines and anti-viral therapies.

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Why publish your article in Virology Journal?

  • Edited by leading virologists, our journal brings together all areas of virology research.
  • With more than 100,000 monthly accesses, we ensure exceptional visibility and community attention for your work.
  • We welcome basic research, as well as pre-clinical and clinical studies, and research on vaccines and anti-viral therapies.
  • We deliver high levels of author satisfaction, with 93% of our published authors reporting that they would definitely or probably publish with us again.

Journal Sections

Clinical Virology: Fred Kibenge, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada 
Emerging viruses: Tom Geisbert, University of Texas Medical Branch, USA
Hepatitis viruses: Alan McLachlan, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Herpes viruses: Tony Cunningham, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research, Australia
Influenza viruses: Hualan Chen, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Negative-strand RNA viruses: Bert Rima, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Other viruses: Erna Geessien Kroon, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Plant viruses: Chikara Masuta, Hokkaido University, Japan
Positive-strand RNA viruses: Jason Mackenzie, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Retroviruses: Linda Chelico, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Veterinary DNA viruses: Gerlinde Van de Walle, Cornell University, USA
Viruses of microbes: Joana Azeredo, University of Minho, Portugal

Announcing the launch of In Review

Virology Journal, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

Alan McLachlan, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Alan McLachlan is a molecular geneticist and hepadnavirologist. He currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Illinois Chicago, USA. His interests are focused on hepatitis viruses, primarily on hepatitis B virus (HBV) and its relationships to liver physiology.  His research is currently directed toward understanding the relationships between HBV transcription and viral biosynthesis using both cell culture and animal models.  His long-term goals include the identification of cellular gene products as targets for the development of small molecular weight antiviral compounds which, in combination with current nuceot(s)ide analog therapeutics, will resolve chronic HBV infections.

Leo Poon, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Leo Poon is a molecular virologist. He currently serves as a Professor in the School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong and as a co-director of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole. He has strong interests in emerging viruses, including coronavirus and influenza virus. He researches on different aspects of these viruses, ranging from basic virology to clinical diagnosis. His ultimate goal is to use scientific findings to inform public health policy. Over the years, he has published about 290 peer-reviewed articles. Thus far, his work has been cited over 41,000 times and he has an H-index of 95 (Web of Science).

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