The Editorial Board of UJMR is glad to have published the Fourteenth edition (Volume 8 Number 1, June 2023). The Journal covers areas of general and applied Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Medical, Public Health and Environmental sciences.

This year, the UMYU Journal of Microbiology Research (UJMR) has reached its 7th year of publication which started in 2016. Over the years, many changes have been made to the typeface and general formats of the manuscripts, both the print version and online copies, to make the Journal meet the international standard and more visually appealing. All peer-reviewed papers accepted for publication in UJMR are published online monthly (immediately after all copyediting procedures are done) while the print versions (hard copies) are made available in June and December. In addition, both authors and co-authors are issued e-certificates of publication for their respective published manuscripts.

We are glad that UJMR is gaining wider acceptance within Nigeria and in some foreign countries, and the number of submissions to the Journal is increasing. Despite the increase in manuscripts, UJMR maintained its quality as reflected by the rigorous peer-reviewing process. All articles submitted are accepted for publication based on a fair, objective, and anonymous assessment by our editors backed by the cogent decision of the editorial board. UJMR has thus increased the number of her associate editors by bringing in more people from academia who are experts in various fields within the scope of the Journal to enhance/maintain the speedy review of manuscripts received from various authors. The UJMR website has been upgraded so that UJMR readers and authors can get vital services such as online submission of manuscripts, downloading UJMR archives, author guidelines, etc.

UJMR’s vision is to be an internationally recognised premier Journal of Microbiology, to contribute towards high-quality research and dissemination of UJMR to reach a larger audience worldwide. The journal is now indexed by reputable indexing organizations such as Crossref, Index Copernicus International, International Institute of Organized Research (I2OR), Google Scholar, and CiteSeerX among others. In addition, the Journal has scored a publication impact factor of 2.525 for the year 2020 and Index Copernicus value, ICV 2021 = 100. Indexing by other reputable indexing organizations is still in progress. Moreover, all our published articles are assigned DOI. We hope that anyone with the expertise would join us and collaborate with our effort to obtain a much higher Impact Factor. We are delighted that UJMR is the first University-based Microbiology Journal in Nigeria. Therefore, we urge our academic colleagues to join hands with us towards projecting scientific research.

We appreciate the tireless efforts of the editorial board members, our editorial advisers, associate editors, and authors who contributed towards making UJMR a high-quality research journal. The support extended to the Journal by the Vice Chancellor and Umaru Musa Yar’adua University management is highly appreciated.

Dr. Bashir Abdulkadir