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An Open Access Journal

Ranked Q1 in the Infectious Diseases and Microbiology JCR Categories 

Virulence is an international peer-reviewed journal with a specific focus on microbial pathogenicity, the infection process, and host-pathogen interactions, including the interaction between host and environment.

To address new infectious challenges, emerging infectious agents and antimicrobial resistance, there is a clear need for interdisciplinary research. As a multidisciplinary journal, Virulence brings together scientists and clinical researchers working on the ‘pathogen,’ the ‘host’ or the ‘antimicrobial agents.’ It is particularly interested in infection models and actual infections, in the mechanisms, severity and attenuation of infection.

As a fully open access journal all articles are available for anyone to read anywhere, at any time, immediately on publication.

Submission Guidelines

Read the full Instructions for Authors to help you prepare your article for submission.

Virulence is particularly interested in receiving manuscripts on:

  • Microbial pathogenicity–viruses (including HIV), bacteria, fungi, and parasites

  • Molecular and biological function of established and novel virulence factors

  • Identification, development and study of antimicrobial agents


  • Host-pathogen and pathogen-pathogen interactions

  • Host response to infection and immune responses to inhibitors, toxins, and other virulence factors

  • Mammalian, other vertebrate as well as invertebrate model organisms and hosts

  • Clinical trials evaluating all aspects of the infection process

  • Microbiome

  • Research on bio-terrorism agents

  • Vaccine development and evaluation

  • Diagnosis of infectious diseases

  • Infections in resource-limited settings


2020 Impact Factor 5.882Five-Year Impact Factor 6.849


2020 CiteScore 9.0

487k Annual Article Downloads

Meet the Editor-in-Chief: Kevin Tyler

Dr. Kevin Tyler runs a cosmopolitan, multidisciplinary group taking a genomics led approach to tackling problems associated with a variety of (water borne and vector borne) microbial diseases supported by grants from the Wellcome Trust, the European Commission (Framework VI, VII, Horizon 2020 and Interreg) and the British Council for networks of research and collaboration across Europe, South America and Africa. He has served as an NTD expert to the European Commission and is an advocate for solutions to these diseases through his current role as the general secretary of the British Society for Parasitology.

His interest is focused at achieving an understanding of pathogen virulence – how and why new virulent lineages emerge and why some are profoundly affected by an infection which can be asymptomatic in others. His approach has been to utilize discoveries of specific pathogen biology and genetics from his laboratory to inform innovation and validation of novel diagnostics and therapeutics and public health approaches to tackling the diseases.

He has also been a proponent and pioneer of Open Access Publication and is a modernizer of effective communication and publication for research in communicable disease to enable access of the key scientific literature by scientists and clinicians in the more impoverished countries most affected by infectious disease. 

We recently conducted an interview with Kevin on Twitter to ask his views on the challenges facing the research community and the benefits of publishing open access.

Kevin Tyler, Editor-in-Chief of Virulence

Follow Kevin on Twitter @KevinMTyler

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An affiliated journal of the ASV

Virulence is officially affiliated with the American Society for Virology.

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Data Sharing policy

Virulence applies an open data policy. Read our data policy guide to find out what steps you’ll need to take to comply.

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Latest Special Issues

Virulence publishes frequent Special Issues on a range of topics. Explore the latest Special Issues from the journal.

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