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The content of The Bulletin of BISMiS is restricted to mini-review articles, opinion articles, reports, biographies, autobiographies (by invitation), educational articles, obituaries and letters to the editor that pertain to the subject of microbial systematics and items of interest to members of BISMiS. The Bulletin of BISMiS does not publish original research articles.
• Editorial Board
  • Editor-in-Chief: Paul A. Lawson; paul.lawson at ou.edu
  • Associate Editors: Amanda L. Jones and Jang-Cheon Cho
  • Editorial Board Members: William B. Whitman, Hans-Jürgen Busse, Jongsik Chun, Paul De Vos, Michael Goodfellow, Brian P. Hedlund, Peter Kämpfer, Wen-Jun Li, Wolfgang Ludwig, Bruce J. Paster, Fred A. Rainey, James T. Staley, Ken-ichiro Suzuki, Martha E. Tujillo, William G. Wade, Naomi L. Ward and William B. Whitman
  • Managing Editor: Nisha B. Patel
• Issues
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• Instructions for Authors
The format of articles and style of references to be submitted to the The Bulletin of BISMiS is the same as that for Bergey's Manual publications - see the Instructions for Authors. All articles must include a list of key words or phrases. Specific information for each of the types of articles is provided below. Articles should be submitted by email to Editor-in-Chief Paul A. Lawson; paul.lawson at ou.edu or Associate Editors Amanda L. Jones and Jang-Cheon Cho.

Figures, which may be in color, and tables are welcome and should follow guidelines for Bergey's Manual Instructions for Authors.

Mini-reviews Mini-reviews may be submitted on any subject that pertains to microbial systematics. They are limited to 5000 words including references. Figures and tables are welcome and should follow guidelines for Bergey's Manual Instructions for Authors.

Opinion articles Opinion articles will be considered on any topic that is of relevance to microbial systematics. These are limited to 5000 words including references. Figures and tables are welcome and should follow guidelines for Bergey's Manual Instructions for Authors.

Reports Reports of microbial taxonomic committees and subcommittees can be published. These should be limited to no more than 5000 words plus references.

Resources for Microbial Systematics This section provides information on culture collections, databases and other non-commercial resources that are of interest to the field. Before submitting an article for this section, please contact the Editor. Figures and tables are welcome and should follow guidelines for the instructions for Bergey's Manual. Length should be less than 5,000 words.

Biographies Biographies may be submitted that describe the life of a scientist who has made significant contributions to the systematics of Bacteria and Archaea or to someone for whom a species or other taxon has been named. Biographies are limited to 3000 words or less and ideally should include at least one photograph of the individual.

Autobiographies (by invitation only) Autobiographies of noted microbial taxonomists or of scientists who have made major contributions in an allied field such as a curator of a culture collection or a contributor to microbial bioinformatics will be invited. These articles should include a summary of the scientist's personal background (birth date, location, nationality, etc), motivation for becoming a scientist, education, positions of employment and contributions to the field of microbial systematics. These articles should be accompanied by at least two photographs of the individual and are limited to 15,000 words plus references. One photograph may be an informal pose perhaps showing the subject while involved in a scientific activity. Another could be a more recent or more formal photograph of the individual. Other photographs showing colleagues, mentors, students or family members are also welcome.

Obituaries Obituaries are welcome for those who have made significant contributions to microbial systematics or an allied field that has a direct impact on microbial systematics. At least one photograph of the scientist should be included. Articles are limited to 3000 words or less.

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• Contents of The Bulletin of BISMiS
Abstracts, where published, are given below. Full content will be freely available to non-members of BISMiS 6 months after publication.
Volume 1, issue 1 - December 2010 - download here


Comprehending microbial diversity: the fourth goal of microbial taxonomy
James T. Staley


The importance of phenotype for bacterial systematics
Peter Kampfer


Description of new yeast species - is one strain enough?
Cletus P. Kurtzman


Nomenclature of the Cyanobacteria/Cyanophyta - current problems and proposed solutions
Aharon Oren and Jiri Komarek


Reminiscences and reflections
Don J. Brenner

Bergey's and me
John G. Holt

A life with some strange twists (mostly helical)
Noel R. Krieg

Reflections on microbial systematics
Peter H.A. Sneath

Volume 2, issue 1 - July 2011 - download here


Recommendations for a new bacterial species description based on analyses of the unrelated genera Aeromonas and Arcobacter
María José Figueras, Roxana Beaz-Hidalgo, Luis Collado and Antonio Martínez-Murcia

What is a bacterial species? I will know it when I see it
Micah I. Krichevsky


Report of the Inaugural Meeting of Bergey's International Society for Microbial
Systematics in Beijing, China, 19-23 May 2011


Microbial systematics, “weaving threads into cloth”
Kazuo Komagata

My career as a curator of microbial cultures
Tian-shen Tao

Volume 2, issue 2 - December 2011 - download here


A century of systematics of the genus Bacteroides: from a single genus up to the 1980s to an explosion of assemblages and the dawn of MALDI-TOF-Mass Spectrometry
Haroun N. Shah and Saheer E. Gharbia


Functional gene sequence studies of pure cultures are the basis of systematic studies of environmental communities of phototrophic bacteria and their species-specific analyses
Johannes F. Imhoff

The importance of cultured representatives of the human intestinal microbiota in the metagenomic era
Harry J. Flint and Sylvia H. Duncan

Working towards a Molecular Systematics Library for Prokaryotes: a perspective
Xiao-Yang Zhi, Wei Zhao, Wen-Jun Li and Guo-Ping Zhao

Intent of the nomenclatural Code and recommendations about naming new species based on genomic sequences
William B. Whitman


Professor Dr Dr h.c. mult. Otto Kandler: distinguished botanist and microbiologist
Karl-Heinz Schleifer


My life as a microbiologist and naturalist
Richard W. Castenholz

A little kid from Far Rockaway grows up
Sydney M. Finegold

Papers from the Inaugural Meeting of BISMiS, Beijing, May 2011

Isolation of novel natural products from un- or underexplored marine actinomycetes
Na Yang, Biao Ren, Jian Wang and Li-Xin Zhang

CVTrees support the Bergey's Systematics and provide high resolution at species levels and below
Bailin Hao

Volume 3, issue 1 - July 2012 - download here


Evolution and diversification of oxygen metabolisms of aerotolerant anaerobes in the order Bacillales and other bacterial taxonomic groups
Daichi Mochizuki, Naoto Tanaka, Morio Ishikawa, Akihito Endo, Yuh Shiwa, Nobuyuki Fujita, Junichi Sato and Youichi Niimura


The topsy-turvy world of a microbial systematist
Kazuo Komagata

Sailing through the scientific ocean – my research on the systematics of actinomycetes
Ji-Sheng Ruan

Volume 4, issue 1 - May 2013 - download here


Carl Woese Remembered
Barny Whitman


What Is a Bacterial Strain? I Will Know It When I See It 7
Micah I. Krichevsky, Paul De Vos, Lenie Dijkshoorn, Stephen J. Giovannoni, Jorge Lalucat, Kevin McCluskey and Mark Segal

Embrace the Genome! 15
Vartul Sangal and Paul A. Hoskisson


The Amazing World of Microbes and Microbiologists 19
Lina V. Vasilyeva

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