Special Journal Issues

Scientific Reports published more than 2,000 microbiology papers in 2017, here we can find the  top 100 most highly-read articles. 

"Explore the most widely-read microbiology research published in Scientific Reports in 2017. Featuring authors from across the globe, including members of the Editorial Board, this Collection showcases research that's highly valued by the international microbiology community."

In this collection you can find 100 open microbiology articles published in 2017 in Scientifi Reports:


npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

npj Biofilms and Microbiomes

npj Biofilms and Microbiomes is an open access, online-only, multi- and interdisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing the finest research on both microbial biofilms and microbiomes.

The journal hosts cross-disciplinary discussions and allows for our understanding of mechanisms governing the social behaviour of microbial biofilm populations and communities, and their impact on life, human health, and the environment, both natural and engineered.

The scope of npj Biofilms and Microbiomes is to serve as a comprehensive platform to promote biofilms and microbiomes research across a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines. The journal thereby also establishes a platform for cross disciplinary discussions and allow for the understanding of the biology and ecology of biofilms, populations and communities, as well as applications so derived across medical, environmental and engineering domains.

npj Biofilms and Microbiomes is a high quality new Nature Research journal published by Springer Nature in partnership with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and is part of the Nature Partner Journals series of titles:

Editors: Professor Staffan Normark


Nature Insight July 2016: Intestinal microbiota in health and disease

Nature Insight July 2016: Intestinal microbiota in health and disease

The intestinal microbiota is associated closely with health and disease. This Insight explores human developmental biology from a microbial perspective; the influence of diet and the microbiota on metabolism; the microbiota and innate immunity; the microbiota and adaptive immunity; how the microbiota and pathogenic bacteria interact in the gut; and the promise of microbiome-wide association studies for precision medicine.

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Intestinal microbiota in health and disease

Christina Tobin Kåhrström, Nonia Pariente & Ursula Weiss

A microbial perspective of human developmental biology

Mark R. Charbonneau, Laura V. Blanton, Daniel B. DiGiulio, David A. Relman, Carlito B. Lebrilla + et al.

Diet–microbiota interactions as moderators of human metabolism

Justin L. Sonnenburg & Fredrik Bäckhed

The microbiome and innate immunity

Christoph A. Thaiss, Niv Zmora, Maayan Levy & Eran Elinav

The microbiota in adaptive immune homeostasis and disease

Kenya Honda & Dan R. Littman

Interactions between the microbiota and pathogenic bacteria in the gut

Andreas J. Bäumler & Vanessa Sperandio

Microbiome-wide association studies link dynamic microbial consortia to disease

Jack A. Gilbert, Robert A. Quinn, Justine Debelius, Zhenjiang Z. Xu, James Morton + et al.


Science Special Issue 2016: The Microbiome

Science Special Issue 2016: The Microbiome

Special issue: Microbiota at work

The many ways in which gut microbes influence our health, and what shapes this complex community

Ken Richardson


Manipulating the Microbiota


Cross-species comparisons of host genetic associations with the microbiome


Resurrecting the intestinal microbiota to combat antibiotic-resistant pathogens


How colonization by microbiota in early life shapes the immune system



Antibiotic use and its consequences for the normal microbiome



Genome Medicine Special Issue 2016. Translating the microbiome: health and disease.

Genome Medicine Special Issue 2016. Translating the microbiome: health and disease.

The era of metagenomics for the characterisation of microbiota has led to a surge in surprising associations of the human microbiome with disease states. However, much remains unknown about what defines a normal microbiome and how perturbation predisposes to disease. To capture the advances in this emerging area, Genome Medicine is pleased to present a special issue focused on Translating the microbiome: health and disease.

Guest editor: Curtis Huttenhower


PLOS Collection about The Human Microbiome Project (HMP)

PLOS Collection about The Human Microbiome Project (HMP)

PLOS Collections aggregate and curate related content from PLOS journals and the PLOS Blogs Network to provide structured access to papers of interest in the PLOS corpus and demonstrate innovative approaches to the assessment, organization and reuse of research, data and commentary.

You can access here to the PLOS Collection about the HMP:


Cell Host and Microbe Virtual Special Issue 2016: The Human Microbiome.

Nutrients Special Issue 2015: Microbiome and Human Health

Science Special issue 2012: The Gut Microbiota

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