ASM Announces Founding Editor in Chief for New Journal, ASM Case Reports

June 15, 2024

Carey-Ann Burnham, Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Carey-Ann Burnham, Ph.D., D(ABMM).
Source: American Society for Microbiology.
Atlanta, Ga. – June 15, 2024 – The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has appointed Carey-Ann Burnham as the founding editor in chief of its new open-access journal, ASM Case Reports, during its annual meeting, ASM Microbe, in Atlanta, Ga.  

ASM Case Reports will be a dedicated platform for the prompt publication of high-quality case reports in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, an extensive and rapidly growing body of research. The journal will begin publishing case reports in 2025 and accepting submissions starting mid-2024. 

Carey-Ann Burnham is the Chief Clinical Officer at Pattern Bioscience and professor of pathology and immunology, pediatrics, molecular microbiology and medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Burnham has held several editorial roles, including serving as an editor for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Co-Editor in Chief of the Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook and leadership roles in professional societies, including at ASM, the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute and the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists. 

"At a high level, I see my role as creating a strategic vision for ASM Case Reports. My long-term objectives include growing ASM Case Reports into a widely known and respected name, attracting manuscripts from authors around the world and becoming the go-to destination for the most impactful case reports in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases,” said Burnham. “I look forward to working with ASM Journals to define the journal sections and structure, select senior editors and create an editorial board.” 

ASM Case Reports will explore new diseases, elaborate disease progressions, the detailed actions and effects of pharmaceuticals and novel diagnostics at the emerging frontiers of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. 

"I am excited that Carey-Ann has agreed to be the inaugural editor in chief of ASM Case Reports. Throughout her involvement with the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and ASM, she has become known for her innovative ideas and leadership in the field of clinical microbiology. I am confident that, under her leadership, ASM Case Reports will continue ASM's efforts to provide an author-friendly venue to publish the best microbiology research,” said Patrick Schloss, ASM Journals Committee Chair and head of the ASM Case Reports Editor in Chief Search Committee. 

Burnham will begin her tenure as founding editor in chief on July 1, 2024. ASM Case Reports will begin accepting manuscripts after July 15, 2024. 


The American Society for Microbiology is one of the largest professional societies dedicated to the life sciences and is composed of 36,000 scientists and health practitioners. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences. 
ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications, educational opportunities and advocacy efforts. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences. 

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