October 20, 2021
Invitation to contribute to the Special Issue: Existence Battle: Viruses vs. Creatures
GMPC Editorial office

German Journal of Microbiology
ISSN: 2749-0149
Invitation to contribute to the Special Issue: Existence Battle: Viruses vs. Creatures

The emergence and re-emergence of diseases pose serious challenges to the global community, giving a wake-up call for the entire scientific community to collaborate to understand the nature of microorganisms and control pathogens that threaten humans, animals, and the ecosystem. Although efforts have been made to fight dreaded pandemics, it is a long-lasting battle between viruses and creatures. Some viruses, such as influenza and coronaviruses, undergo continuous evolution to evade host responses and proliferate more effectively. The recently emerged pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is an excellent example for virus evolution by acquiring new mutations as a part of natural evolution, leading to the emergence of new SARS-CoV-2 variants. Some mutations increased the transmissibility by increasing receptor binding or the ability to evade the host immune response by altering surface structures recognized by antibodies.

Additionally, the concept of One-Health has become more critical in recent years because the number of interactions between humans, animals, plants, and our environment has steadily increased in the last decades. In this context, the editors of the German Journal of Microbiology have set up a special issue entitled "Existence Battle: Viruses vs. Creatures". Therefore, the pioneers in the field and researchers are invited to participate in this Special Issue by submitting a review, original article, short communication, case study, or letter to the editor on various aspects of this topic. The scope of this special issue is covering viruses of humans, animals, plants. and other living creatures.
Guest Editors

Prof. Ahmed S. Abdel-Moneim 

Founding President of the World Society of Virology

Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Taif University, Al-Taif 21944, Saudi Arabia

Prof. Yashpal Singh Malik

ICAR National Fellow, Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), India

Dr. John M. Ngunjiri

Food Animal Health Research Center, the Ohio State University, Ohio, USA

Main Topics/Keywords
•    Viruses vs. Creatures
•    Viral quasispecies
•    Viral evolution
•    Epidemiology
•    Influenza viruses
•    Coronaviruses
•    Virulence Mechanisms
•    Viral pathogenesis
•    Phylodynamics
•    Viral phylogeny
•    Virus-Host Interactions
•    Viral Immunity
•    One-Health

Manuscript Submission Information: 
Manuscripts should not have been published previously nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should be submitted online to the Journal Editorial System by registering and logging in to this website. Please check the Author Guidelines for submitting manuscripts on the journal website. All papers will be peer-reviewed through a single-blind peer-review process. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the Journal as soon as accepted.

The payment capability will not be a barrier for publication in the German Journal of Microbiology; if authors or their institutions cannot cover the costs, you may apply for a complete or partial waiver at the time of submission. Please download the APC waiver request from the author resources to explain the reasons for your request and send it to waiver@gmpc-akademie.de.


Note: Members of the World Society of Virology will be able to receive full waivers of APC by indicating their membership number in their manuscript cover letters and based on confirmation by the WSV [info@ws-virology.org]

The Journal Editor-in-Chief would appreciate sending this invitation to colleagues interested in participating in this Special Issue. We are looking forward to your valuable contributions. For further questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at editor-gjm@gmpc-akademie.de  

Deadline for submission: April 2022