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Submission guidelines

To facilitate the submission process, we are flexible with regard to the format, style and length of initial submissions.

For the purpose of peer review, please provide one editable document (such as .doc .docx or .RTF), with figures and tables placed in the body of the text at the point where they are referenced. 

Only LaTeX manuscripts should be submitted as a .pdf. You will be asked to provide .tex files at a later date.

Supplemental information and cover letters should be uploaded separately. Please refer to the submissions criteria regarding our policy on data.

Journal-specific formatting is required only once manuscripts have completed peer review.

Reviews - by invitation only

Reviews published in the journal are specially invited by the Editors of Microbiome

  • The key aims of reviews are to provide systematic and substantial coverage of mature subjects, evaluations of progress in specified areas, and/or critical assessments of emerging technologies.
  • Reviews must be within the scope of Microbiome.
  • They must be authored by leading experts in the field with a track record of publication in that specific field.

Unsolicited reviews and reviews submitted as research will not be considered in the journal.

Submit by section

During the submission process for Microbiome, we ask that authors submit their manuscript to a specified section as outlined below. This is to facilitate assessment and review of submitted manuscripts. The sections are headed by an Editor-in-Chief or Senior Editor, specializing in that subject.

Human microbiomes

Animal and Environmental

Human, animal and environmental

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.


Our 3-step submission process

  1. Before you submit

    Now you’ve identified a journal to submit to, there are a few things you should be familiar with before you submit.

  2. Ready to submit

    To give your manuscript the best chance of publication, follow these policies and formatting guidelines.

  3. Submit and promote

    After acceptance, we provide support so your article gains maximum impact in the scientific community and beyond.

    Please note that manuscript can only be submitted by an author of the manuscript and may not be submitted by a third party. 

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