The Journal of Dental Research is excited to announce the publication of a special issue in the Spring 2020 highlighting the latest developments relating to the structure, function and diversity of the oral microbiome and its consequences for human health, including the relationship with host genetic and environmental factors, the roles of the oral microbiome in the pathogenesis of oral or systemic disease and novel approaches to maintain health by targeting the oral microbiome. The issue will be of interest to researchers in fields such as microbiology, virology, immunology, and pathology, as well as physicians and dental practitioners. 

Basic, translational and clinical investigations that are focused on taxonomic and functional analysis of the oral microbiome, longitudinal changes in the microbiome, host responses to microbiome components, identification of novel microbial biomarkers and approaches to engineer the microbiome are encouraged. New methods and technologies for characterizing and manipulating the microbiome will also be considered. 

All manuscripts submitted for consideration will be subject to the peer review process in a manner identical to the manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Dental Research. The research manuscript should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • A limit of 3,200 words (including introduction, materials, methods, results, and discussion; excluding abstract, acknowledgments, figure legends and references)
  • Five total figures or tables
  • 40 references
  • 300 word abstract

The supplement will also accept selected reviews according to the instructions to authors for manuscripts with the following guidelines:
  • 4,000 words
  • Six figures or tables
  • 90 references
  • 300 word abstract

Additional information regarding requirements and formatting of manuscripts can be found at http://www.iadr.org/Portals/69/docs/Publications/JDRInstructionstoAuthors.pdf. Papers should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jdr, no later than October 31, 2019 to be given full consideration. 

Authors are required to include in their cover letter that their paper is being submitted for consideration for inclusion in the special issue. Papers after this date will be considered for publication in the regular issue of the Journal. Guest Editors of the Special Issue include Nicholas Jakubovics, Newcastle University, England and Wenyuan Shi, The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, Mass, USA.