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Food security and sustainability from a microbiology perspective

New Content ItemA cross journal collection that will cover various aspects of maintaining or enhancing food production, sustainability and security from a microbiology perspective.

Engineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies

New Content ItemA cross journal collection that will cover recent advancements in the understanding of evolution of microbiome consortia, the latest signature microbiome-based development, and biotechnological solutions for sustainable environmental management and bioproduction systems in the wake of emerging challenges, including climate change.

Retroviruses & the Microbiome 

A cross journal collection to bring together new original research  and cutting-edge reviews of new insights into the mechanistic basis for interactions between microbial components of the microbiome across species, retroviruses and microbial niches.    

Life at the extreme

Yellowstone Park - Credit: "Jurvetson" via Flickr, under a CC-BY license.A 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.


Aims and scope

Microbiome: The scope of the journal encompasses studies of microbiomes colonizing humans, animals, plants or the environment, both built and natural or manipulated, as in agriculture. Studies on the development and application of meta-omics approaches or novel bioinformatics tools, on community/host interaction with emphasis on structure-function relationship that would lead to substantial advances in the field will be considered for publication. Microbiome is especially interested in studies that go beyond descriptive omics surveys and include experimental or theoretical approaches that mechanistically support proposed microbiome functions, and establish, if possible, cause and effect relationships. Studies of individual microbial isolates/species in vivo or in laboratory cultures without exploring the mechanisms by which they affect the host or the complex microbiome structures and functions will not be considered.

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.

Microbiome works closely with its sister journals Environmental Microbiome and Animal Microbiome, and with BMC Microbiology. If a submission is more appropriate for one of these journals, the opportunity to transfer the manuscript files to these journal will be offered.

Video Bytes are here

At Microbiome, we are passionate about the dissemination of research.

We are pleased to announce that as of the 12th August 2019, all authors whose papers are accepted will receive a complimentary Video Byte.

Created by our partners, Research Square, the fastest growing preprint platform in the world, 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.

Integration into the article page makes your research more accessible to a wide variety of audiences and disciplines. Telling the story of your work in easy-to-understand terms means greater understanding and impact of your research.

Additionally, Video Bytes are also posted on the Research Square preprint platform and OER commons; the team at Research Square is pursuing additional ways to share and disseminate your work. Articles on Microbiome with an associated video saw an increase of 168% in article views, 143% increase in citations, and 161% increase in Altmetric scores compared to articles without videos.

If you’d like to learn more, check out Video Bytes here.

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.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 13.8
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 17.9
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 2.725
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 3.802

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 21
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 196

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 3,219,809
    Altmetric mentions: 7,051