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Celebrating 20 years of Microbial Cell Factories

Read our special anniversary collection here


  1. Authors: Nabih A Baeshen, Mohammed N Baeshen, Abdullah Sheikh, Roop S Bora, Mohamed Morsi M Ahmed, Hassan A I Ramadan, Kulvinder Singh Saini and Elrashdy M Redwan


Thematic series
Engineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies
Edited by Vijai Kumar Gupta, Jack A. Gilbert and Meisam Tabatabaei

Greening the Plastics Industry: Advances and Challenges in Bioplastics Research
Edited by Shashi Kant Bhatia, Vinod Kumar and Amulya Kotamraju

Characterizing biosynthesis for bioproduction: Systems biology and production processes
Edited by Qihe Chen, XL Chen and Ying Shi

Microbial synthesis of natural products originating from medicinal plants and fungi
Edited by Prof Mingfeng Cao, Prof Zheyong Xue, Prof. Jifeng Yuan


Thematic series
Recombinant production of new antimicrobials in microbial cell factories
Edited by ​​​​​​Dr Elena Garcia and Dr Anna Aris


Thematic series
Microbial glycobiotechnology
Edited by Professor Vijai Kumar Gupta and Professor Ashok Pandey

Microbial co-cultures
Edited by Mingfeng Cao, Ning He and Yuanpeng Wang


Cross journal collection
Applications of Oleaginous Fungi
Edited by Dr Pat Slininger and Dr. Alex Idnurm

Thematic series
Microbiome in human physiological function
Edited by Dr Santanu Banerjee


Thematic series
Constructing 'intelligent' microbial cell factories
Edited by Prof Long Liu
Collection published: 1st May 2019


Thematic series
Recombinant antibody technology: from phage display panning to complex combined approaches
Edited by Ario de Marco
Collection published: 22nd January 2018


Thematic series
Engineering cell factories for production of bulk and fine chemicals: from designing principles to industrial-scale production
Edited by Yin Li
Collection published: 24 June 2017


Thematic series
CRISPR/Cas9 and the microbial cell factory
Edited by George Guo-Qiang Chen
Collection published: 16 February 2017


Thematic series
Microbial food biotechnology
Edited by: Prof Maria Papagianni
Collection published: 3 May 2016


Thematic series
Systems biotechnology and metabolic engineering
Edited by: Prof Sang Yup Lee
Collection published: 19 June 2014

Thematic series
Added value chemicals and biofuels
Edited by: Prof Akihiko Kondo
Collection published: 9 June 2014

Thematic series
Yeast biotechnology
Edited by: Prof Diethard Mattanovich
Collection published: 6 May 2014

Thematic series
Recombinant protein quality: approaches for the quantitative evaluation of functional and structural features of purified proteins and antibodies
Edited by: Prof Ario de Marco
Collection published: 11 April 2014

Cross journal collection
Reviewer acknowledgements 2013
Collection published: 26 February 2014

Announcing the launch of In Review

Microbial Cell Factories, 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

Aims and scope

Microbial Cell Factories is an open access peer-reviewed journal that covers any topic related to the development, use and investigation of microbial cells as producers of recombinant proteins and natural products, or as catalyzers of biological transformations of industrial interest. Microbial Cell Factories is the world leading, primary research journal fully focusing on Applied Microbiology.

The journal is divided into the following editorial sections:

  • Metabolic engineering
  • Synthetic biology
  • Whole-cell biocatalysis
  • Microbial regulations
  • Recombinant protein production/bioprocessing
  • Production of natural compounds
  • Systems biology of cell factories
  • Microbial production processes
  • Cell-free systems

Article collections

Call for Papers

New Content ItemEngineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies

Research towards microbiome engineering-based innovations in biomanufacturing. 

Submission Opens: 1st June 2023   
Submission Deadline: 31st January 2024

Greening the Plastics Industry: Advances and Challenges in Bioplastics Research

Submission Status: Open  
Submission Deadline: 31st January 2024

Characterising biosynthesis for bioproduction: Systems biology and production processes

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 December 2023

Featured article collections

Microbial synthesis of natural products originating from medicinal plants and fungi

Microbial synthetic biology approaches to produce bioactive compounds, derived from nature.

Production of new antimicrobials

Research towards antimicrobial molecules as alternatives to antibiotics using microbial cell factories as expression systems.

Microbial co-cultures

 A focus topic on engineering microbial co-cultures (consortia) and their metabolic capabilities.      

Microbial glycobiotechnology

Sustainable bioprocesses for the bioconversion of carbohydrates through microbial enzymes and microbial technologies.

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