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World Microbiome Day 2020

© EUFIC, APC Microbiome Ireland, Microbiome supportMicrobiome research impacts many facets of life on Earth (and beyond).
In a dedicated page for World Microbiome Day 2020, Microbiome, Animal Microbiome and Environmental Microbiome have highlighted some of the many ways microbiome research has benefited us.



The microbiota-gut-brain axis - open to submissions

Antimicrobial resistance and the microbiome - open to submissions

Life at the extreme - open to submissions

Aeronautics and space microbiomes - open to submissions
Edited by: Lynn Schriml

JPL's Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group: Special Collection
Edited by: Lynn Schriml


Host-microbiota interactions: from holobiont theory to analysis
Edited by: Julian Marchesi, Christophe Mougel, Marc-André Selosse, Jean-Christophe Simon


Microbiome of the Built Environment (MoBE) 2017: Research to Application
Edited by: Lynn Schriml and Christopher Mason


Microbiology of the built environment
Edited by: Jack A Gilbert and Brent Stephens

Going ‘Behind the Paper’

New Content ItemWhat does it truly take to get to the stage where you are ready to publish the results of your research?

Here we share the real story behind researchers' papers, from conception to publication, the highs and the lows. Join recent Microbiome authors Ashley RossMichael Gänzlec, ​​​​​​ Frédéric Raymond, Enoch Narh Kudjordjie​​​​​​​Remco Kort and Hongwei Zhou as they take us behind their papers.

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The microbiome family

Microbiome's journal family grew in 2019 with the launch of Animal Microbiome and Environmental Microbiome. These journals work closely together with Microbiome to offer the microbiome community a variety of publishing platforms. Read more about the missions of the new members of the family.

Introducing video bytes to Microbiome

At Microbiome, we are always looking to help authors promote their research. We are pleased to announce that all authors submitting to the journal from 11th July 2019 shall receive a video byte of their manuscript, should it go on to be accepted for publication in Microbiome.

Created by our partners, Research Square, a video byte is a 1-2 minute video summary of a paper that will be incorporated into the abstract of the paper and published on the journal website. Authors will also receive a shareable version of their video byte.

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Microbiome, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received

Open article collections

Antimicrobial resistance and the microbiome

© Image by Arek Socha from PixabayA cross-journal series examining at the spread of antimicrobial resistance genes in the environment.

Life at the extreme

New Content ItemA cross-journal series looking at the mechanistic adaptation of any species which thrive in extreme environments.

The microbiota-gut-brain axis

New Content ItemThis cross-journal collection brings together both human and animal studies covering all aspects of the microbiota-gut-brain axis’ role in health and disease, as well as its therapeutic potential.

Aeronautics and space microbiomes

International Space Station © Public domainIn this special series in Microbiome and 
Environmental Microbiome, we highlight articles that explore the microbiome of aeronautics and space. 

Aims and scope

Topics broadly addressing the study of microbial communities, such as, microbial surveys, bioinformatics, meta-omics approaches and community/host interaction modeling will be considered for publication. Through this collection of literature Microbiome hopes to integrate researchers with common scientific objectives across a broad cross-section of sub-disciplines within microbial ecology.

When submitting a manuscript to Microbiome, we ask that authors select a specified section to submit to as outlined below. This is to facilitate the manuscript assessment and review process.

1. Gut microbiomes and Immunology
2. Genital, skin, oral microbiomes
3. Respiratory microbiomes
4. Other human microbiomes
5. Novel Methodological approaches (including meta-omics)
6. Bioinformatics: algorithms and software
7. Animal microbiomes
8. Plant microbiomes
9. Environmental microbiomes
10. Built-environment microbiomes

Editor Profiles

Jacques Ravel is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Associate Director for Genomics at the Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. His research program is focused on applying modern genomics technologies and ecological principles to characterize the role and dynamics of the microbial communities inhabiting the human body in health and disease and better define the interactions between the host, the microbes and the environment that drive these ecological systems.

Dr Ravel received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland College Park in Environmental Molecular Microbiology and Ecology and performed his postdoctoral work at the Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Chemistry. Before accepting his current position, Dr. Ravel was an Assistant Investigator at the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, MD.

Elizabeth Wellington is director of Warwick Environmental Systems Interdisciplinary Centre (WESIC) at the University Of Warwick, UK. She is a Professor in the School of Life Sciences and, with her research group, is involved in the study of bacteria in soil, water and survival of pathogenic bacteria in the environment. The focus is on understanding activity of bacterial communities in situ, interactions with plants and the survival, activity and interaction of human, animal and plant pathogens with indigenous bacteria and the respective microbiomes. The past decade has involved the development of metagenomic approaches for the study of soil and water microbial diversity. Advances in the extraction of proteins from soil has resulted in the extraction of both the metaproteome and extracellular proteins in the metaexoproteome. Current work is focused on studying bacterial activity in situ using metaomic approaches and understanding the environmental dimension of antimicrobial resistance.

Professor Wellington received her PhD from the University of Liverpool and worked in the University of Liverpool as a postdoctoral fellow and temporary lecturer and also as lecturer in John Moores University in Liverpool. She joined the School of Life Sciences at Warwick University in 1987.

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