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Aims and scope

Animal Microbiome is a community-focused journal welcoming all animal microbiome studies relating to domestic and non-domestic animals. The journal welcomes submissions which go beyond measurements of diversity and move towards a functional understanding of animal-associated microbiomes. Animal Microbiome is a sister journal to Microbiome.


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Open article collections

AI Innovations in Animal Microbiome Research

This Collection presents the latest AI-driven innovations that are transforming our understanding of the complex interactions between animals and their microbiomes.

Advancements in Probiotics: Harnessing Microbial Communities for Sustainable food production

This Collection compiles cutting-edge research on using probiotics in farming and aquaculture to enhance animal health, boost productivity, and promote sustainability.

Food security and sustainability from a microbiology perspective

New Content Item (1)A cross-journal collection exploring various aspects of maintaining or enhancing food production, sustainability and security from a microbiology perspective.

Engineering optimal livestock microbiomes

Cows eating hay © Image by skeeze from PixabayAnimal Microbiome invites submissions focused on progress in engineering optimal livestock microbiomes so that feed conversion is maximised.

In Review: preprint service on Animal Microbiome

Animal Microbiome, in partnership with Research Square, is offering In Review - a preprint service to all authors.

At the time of submission, authors can choose this free optional service whereby their submitted manuscript will be hosted specifically on Animal Microbiome's In Review preprint platform. Authors will then be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received

See what the Animal Microbiome In Review platform looks like.

Animal Microbiome is a PCI Animal Science Friendly Journal

Animal Microbiome is a PCI Animal Science friendly journal. While the journal retains the right to further review manuscripts, they are happy to consider the existing reviews when papers are submitted from PCI Animal Science.

Editor-in-Chief: Professor Sharon Huws

New Content ItemProfessor Huws’ research is focused on understanding microbiomes, especially in the context of understanding the role that livestock gastrointestinal tract microbiomes play in food security, environmental impact (Greenhouse gas emissions) and spread of antimicrobial resistance. She is also interested in understanding the evolutionary drivers of antimicrobial resistance and exploiting microbiomes for industrial biotechnology purposes, with a focus on novel antimicrobial discovery. She has over 20 years of experience working on livestock gastrointestinal microbiomes with more than 100 publications and numerous book chapters. 

Professor Huws also won the Sir John Hammond award for contributions to Animal Science research in 2023.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 4.9
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 5.0
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.037
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.126

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 27
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 169

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 411,302
    Altmetric mentions: 672