We have moved home!

This site has merged with the Nature Microbiology Community

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Many of you will know that we have not one, but two, microbiology-related online communities. Our sister site, the Nature Microbiology Community, has been running since January 2016, led by Chief Editor, Andy Jermy. Rather than continue to run two distinct, but overlapping sites, we have taken the decision to merge these two communities under a newly branded Nature Research Microbiology Community.

This new community will benefit from a broader reach and a larger membership. The community is still free to access and welcomes contributions from editors, authors and readers of all Nature Research journals, including Nature, Nature Microbiology, Nature Reviews Microbiology, Nature Communications, Nature Medicine - and npj Biofilms and Microbiomes. Indeed, all microbiologists are welcome to contribute, even if they don't publish in our journals!

We want you to take part in this new community, so please go to the link below and sign up for an account. Signing up is really quick and easy – simply register with the same email address that you use for the npj Biofilms and Microbiomes Community, and your profile will be automatically transferred.


Any questions, just let me know, by emailing me at communities@nature.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new Nature Research Microbiology Community!

Ben Johnson

Magazine Editor, Nature Medicine, Springer Nature

I trained as a virologist, starting with an undergraduate degree in virology from the University of Warwick, UK. My PhD, in influenza virus genetics and immunoevasion, was from Public Health England and the University of Reading, UK, with Maria Zambon and Wendy Barclay. My research interests then moved to smallpox vaccines, viral ion channels and cell adhesion, while a postdoc at Imperial College London with Geoffrey Smith, FRS. I then joined open-access publisher BioMed Central in 2011 as an editor and then associate publisher and was Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature from 2016, running the Nature Research Communities and other online engagement activities for researchers. I joined Nature Medicine in 2021, with responsibility for news and opinion content, and am based in the London office.