About Microbiota and Host


Microbiota and Host is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research and reviews that advance our understanding of the impact of commensal microbiota both on their human and non-human hosts.

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Publication model
Publication metrics
Peer review
Article types
Submitting an article
Publication charges
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Research data


Publication model


Microbiota and Host is a fully gold open-access journal. Articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. Articles are freely available to everyone to read and reuse immediately upon publication, provided the terms of the licence are met.

For more information, please see our Open Access page.


Publication metrics

  • Time to first decision: Microbiota and Host aims to return a decision on a peer-reviewed article within two weeks
  • Time to online publication: Accepted manuscripts are published online and are fully citable within 24 hours of acceptance


Peer review


Articles published in Microbiota and Host undergo peer review before acceptance. Key facts about the peer-review process are given below:

  • identity transparency: single anonymized
  • reviewer interacts with: editor
  • review information published: none

If an article is not accepted for publication, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals published by Bioscientifica.

More information about the peer-review process can be found on our Peer-review process page.


Article types


Microbiota and Host publishes the following types of article:

  • Research Articles
  • Reviews
  • Brief Communications
  • Commentaries
  • Editorials
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses


Submitting an article to Microbiota and Host


Authors can find all the information needed to prepare articles for submission to Microbiota and Host on our Author Guidelines page.

Once an article is ready to submit, authors are advised to visit our How to Submit page.

Submissions are managed though the Microbiota and Host ScholarOne Manuscripts site.


Publication charges


Microbiota and Host has the following publication charges:

  • Article Publication Charge: Bioscientifica is currently sponsoring the Article Publication Charge; as such authors can publish completely free of charge*.
  • Colour charges: There are no colour charges when publishing in Microbiota and Host.
*Bioscientifica reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time




Microbiota and Host maintains the highest standards of publication and research ethics and is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE).

Authors, Reviewers and Editors are expected to comply with Bioscientifica’s Ethical Policy.



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Microbiota and Host recognises that there are biases and inequalities in the publishing system. We are committed to scrutinising our own processes and policies to prevent bias, reduce inequality and better represent and serve our diverse community of authors, reviewers, editors and readers.



Research data


Microbiota and Host supports open data and strongly encourages authors to publicly release all data supporting the analysis and conclusions of primary research articles, on or before publication of the article.

All primary research articles published in Microbiota and Host should include a Data Availability Statement.

More information is on our Research data page.




Applications will be made for Microbiota and Host to be indexed in the following once enough articles have been published, and/or the minimum acceptance criteria have been met:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI; Web of Science)
  • Google Scholar
  • PubMed and PubMed Central


Digital preservation


Articles published in Microbiota and Host are archived in LOCKSS and Portico to ensure that these articles are preserved in the long term.