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Society for General Microbiology

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The Society for General Microbiology has launched a publishing platform that brings together all of the scholarly content published by the Society’s six peer-reviewed journals.

The society says the platform features a completely responsive design, providing readers with 'a fast, personalised experience that they can read on whichever device they use'.

Users can register to be alerted whenever content in their field is published, and can share research articles across a range of social networks. The society has partnered with the article-level metrics company Altmetric to help users track how content is being discussed online.

As part of the new platform launch, the society will be introducing cross-journal article collections that will be curated by subject experts. This will allow easy grouping of journal articles on hot topics, such as Ebola or antimicrobial resistance, and make them easily discoverable to researchers across the world.

Leighton Chipperfield, director of publishing and income diversification at the society, explained the reasoning behind the change: 'Through the new platform, readers will find it easier to discover, use and share content. Authors will see their work enriched and will be able to constantly measure its impact among their peers.'

The society has partnered with Publishing Technology in the development of the new platform. Michael Cairns, CEO of Publishing Technology, added: 'The Society for General Microbiology is a forward-thinking publisher with a clear digital strategy. The new site integrates our most powerful platform features and we are confident that it will deliver a highly interactive, feature-rich experience befitting the society’s reputation for high-quality research.'