For Authors & Referees
This section will help you when preparing your manuscript for initial submission and resubmission to npj Biofilms and Microbiomes. Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with our editorial policies as outlined in our Guide for Authors before submitting your work. An overview of key information on submitting primary research is also available in our brief guide to manuscript submission in PDF format.
All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through our online submission system, from which you can upload the cover letter and manuscript files (text, figures and supplementary information, including video) and check on the status of your manuscripts during the review process.
Revised manuscripts should be uploaded through the link provided in the editor's decision letter. Please do not submit revisions as new manuscripts.
The authors must include copies of all related manuscripts with any overlap in authorship that are under consideration or in press elsewhere.
Guide for Authors
View our guide for authors for detailed information on editorial criteria, and how manuscripts are handled by our editors between submission and acceptance for publication.
Manuscripts submitted to npj Biofilms and Microbiomes do not need to adhere to our formatting requirements at the point of initial submission; formatting requirements only apply at the time of acceptance.
Guide for Reviewers
View our guide for reviewers for detailed information on policies, workflows and criteria.
Even though no paper will be rejected for poor language, non–native English speakers occasionally receive feedback from editors and reviewers regarding language and grammar usage in their manuscripts. You may wish to consider asking a colleague whose native language is English to read your manuscript and/or to use a professional editing service such as those provided by our affiliates Nature Research Editing Service or American Journal Experts. Please note that the use of a language editing service is not a requirement for publication in npj Biofilms and Microbiomes.