The microbiome encompasses the genetic material of all microorganisms within a specific environmental niche, ranging from animal guts to plant root systems. Investigation has important implications for the study of disease and behaviour. To highlight recent advances in the mechanistic understanding of microbiome function, eLife is pleased to invite submissions to a Special Issue on this topic.
The issue will be overseen by eLife Senior Editor Wendy Garrett, Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the following Guest Editors:
- Lora Hooper, Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre;
- Rob Knight, Professor at the University of California, San Diego;
- Ruth Ley, Director of the Department of Microbiome Science at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen;
- Peter Turnbaugh, Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, San Francisco;
- Rachel Dutton, Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego;
- Xochitl Morgan, Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago.
We welcome highly-influential research relating to metagenomics, microbiota, and computational tools, and we particularly encourage submissions that provide mechanistic insight into microbiome function.
At eLife, working scientists handle all editorial decisions. We do not artificially limit the number of articles we publish or have a set acceptance rate. Rather, we rely on the judgment of the working scientists who serve as our editors to select papers for peer review and publication. Following peer review, the editor and referees consult with one another in order to provide clear guidance to authors and limit the round of revisions.
Authors interested in being part of the Special Issue can submit their manuscripts via eLife’s submission system, highlighting in the cover letter that the paper is for consideration in this collection.
Papers will be published online when they’re ready and will continue to be considered for the Special Issue until April 1, 2018.
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