Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease is the official journal of the Society of Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease (SOMED) and is also recognized by the Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group (OMIG) of the British Society for Dental Research (BSDR).

The aim of this international journal is to draw together research on different human microbial eco-systems, and to increase our understanding of their role in health and disease. This research has received new impetus in recent years as it has become clearer what part is played by the normal, stable, microbial flora in preventing infection, especially opportunist infection, and related to this, the potentially deleterious effects of the use of antibiotics.

The journal will consider manuscripts primarily on the human microbial flora, but also that of animals, and its development and interactions. Topics covered include: the microbial populations of the mouth and skin, and in the respiratory, gastro-intestinal and genito-urinary tracts, the effect of antibiotics or diet on the commensal flora or its development, alterations in the host environment (e.g. the effect of foreign bodies or change in organs and tissues), the role of immunological and other mechanisms that help maintain a stable flora, the clinical application of commensal flora in treatment and prevention of disease. Manuscripts based on gnotobiotic research are particularly welcome.

The material published includes Original Papers, Short Communications, Review Articles, Case Reports, and Letters to the Editor.

 

Section Policies

Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Case Report

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Correspondence

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Supplement 1, 2013

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Although the peer review process is accelerated by the use of electronic communication, traditional, high-quality peer-review standards are applied to all manuscripts submitted to the journal.

When submitting an article, authors are invited to suggest two or three possible reviewers who should be experts in their field of study and the subject matter of the article. Authors should not suggest anyone who has published with any of the co-authors within the last five years or anyone who works at the co-authors' institutions. Minimum information to be given for the suggested reviewers is first name, last name and email address. The Editors may or may not make use of the authors' suggested reviewers

Papers are sent to at least two independent referees.

Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity. Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

  1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
  2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
  3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
  4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
  5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
  6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)
In addition, papers may be rejected directly by the Chief Editor if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically or formally sub-standard.

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or style is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 months for revision. After 2 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles to Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication. No issues are collated for regular publication. All articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citeable without delay.

 

Open Access Policy

Open access Open Access under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 Unported Licence. Authors retain the full copyright to their work. For more information see the copyright section.

Articles are published immediately upon the final corrections of the master proof having been made. All articles are assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier). 

Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease is accessible via the journal’s website at http://www.MicrobEcolHealthDis.net as well as via international search engines such as Google Scholar.

OAI metadata harvesting for this journal can be reached via the following link:

www.microbecolhealthdis.net/index.php/mehd/oai

 

Archiving

Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease is part of the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

The entire archive dating back to 1988 is now for the first time freely availble, constituting a treasure trove of research on human microbial ecology.

In addition, all papers published in Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease are archived for posterity with CLOCKSS and Portico.

 

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).