American Society for Microbiology and mBio® are excited to present a new opportunity for early career scientists. The Early Career Researcher Reviewer (ECRR) program is dedicated to training a globally diverse group of early career researchers in order to aid them in gaining valuable skills as reviewers for scientific manuscripts. The program will provide early career scientist with training, hands-on experience, mentorship from current editors and the opportunity to mentor other early career scientists. Accepted applicants will become the first members of the mBio® Junior Editorial Board. Researchers from groups underrepresented in the sciences and around the world are encouraged to apply.

The Junior Editorial Board Member position is a 2-year term and will be listed on the mBio® Masthead.  This allows members to establish a peer review track record that can be used in employment applications and grant funding.

What You Will Learn

Junior Editorial Board members are provided an in-depth look at scholarly publishing. Comprehensive live webinars hosted by ASM editors and staff focus on the fundamentals of learning the review process:

  • Understanding Scholarly Publishing.
  • Overview of ASM Journals Policies and Procedures.
  • Peer Review Best Practices.

In addition to live webinars, Junior Editorial Board members will have access to a library of on-demand educational webinars and scholarly publishing sessions from the ASM Microbe annual meeting.

What You Will Do

Upon completion of training, Junior Editorial Board members begin the hands-on experience right away. The mBio® Junior Editorial Board members will be invited to review a manuscript. At any time during the process, members have access to editors and mBio® staff for questions. Members will receive feedback on their reviews.

Expectations of Participants

Each member of the Junior Editorial Board must complete the training program with overviews of peer review, mBio® policies and procedures and ASM ethical best practices. Upon completion of the training program, each member will be expected to adhere to the same review policies as all other ASM reviewers. They will be expected to maintain confidentiality, respond to requests promptly and submit their reviews in a timely manner. Members are expected to review 1 manuscript each month.

How to Join the Early Career Researcher Reviewer Program

Applicants for the ECRR program must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Early career researcher with a completed Ph.D./doctorate degree.
  • Within 10 years of receiving a doctorate degree and in the early stage of career in roles such as assistant professor, research assistant professor, associate research scientist, senior postdoctoral fellow or equivalent roles.
  • First author on 2 or more published, peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  • Conduct research in areas of microbiology typically covered by mBio®.


The application process is now closed. Board members will be announced in early September. For questions, contact Maisha Miles, Managing Editor, mBio.