Molecular Oral Microbiology

Cover image for Vol. 31 Issue 3

Edited By: Richard J. Lamont

Impact Factor: 2.784

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 12/88 (Dentistry Oral Surgery & Medicine); 49/119 (Microbiology)

Online ISSN: 2041-1014

Author Guidelines

For any queries about submitting to the journal, please contact the Editorial Office at


Molecular Oral Microbiology publishes high quality research papers and reviews on fundamental or applied molecular studies of microorganisms of the oral cavity and respiratory tract, host-microbe interactions, cellular microbiology, molecular ecology, and immunological studies of oral and respiratory tract infections.

Papers describing work in virology, or in immunology unrelated to microbial colonization or infection, will not be acceptable.

Please read the instructions below carefully for details on the submission of manuscripts, the journal's requirements and standards as well as information concerning the procedure after a manuscript has been accepted for publication in Molecular Oral Microbiology. Authors are encouraged to visit Author Services for further information on the preparation and submission of articles and figures.

Authors are encouraged to use the following submission template prior to submitting their paper, to ensure that the manuscript conforms to the journal's guidelines:
submission template


Molecular Oral Microbiology adheres to the below ethical guidelines for publication and research.

2.1. Authorship and Acknowledgements
Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree to the submission of the manuscript to the Journal.
It is a requirement that all authors have been accredited as appropriate upon submission of the manuscript. Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under Acknowledgements.

Acknowledgements: Under Acknowledgements please specify contributors to the article other than the authors accredited. Acknowledge only persons who have made substantive contributions to the study. Please also include specifications of the source of funding for the study and any potential conflict of interests if appropriate. Suppliers of materials should be named and their location (town, state/county, country) included.

2.2. Ethical Approvals

Papers not in agreement with the guidelines of the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 1975 will not be accepted for publication.

2.3 DNA Sequences and Crystallographic Structure Determinations

Papers reporting protein or DNA sequences and crystallographic structure determinations will not be accepted without a Genbank or Brookhaven accession number, respectively. Other supporting data sets e.g. microarrays must be made available on the publication date from a public deposit site.

2.4 Conflict of Interest and Source of Funding
Journal of Oral Rehabilitation requires that all authors (both the corresponding author and co-authors) disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author’s objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include but are not limited to patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. If authors are unsure whether a past or present affiliation or relationship should be disclosed in the manuscript, please contact the editorial office at The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal.

The above policies are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals produced by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to have all authors of a manuscript fill out a conflict of interest disclosure form, and to upload all forms together with the manuscript on submission. The disclosure statement should be included under Acknowledgements. Please find the form below:

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form

2.5 Appeal of Decision
The decision on a paper is final and cannot be appealed.

2.6 Permissions
If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publishers.

2.7 Copyright Assignment
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

2. 8 Accepted Articles
'Accepted Articles' have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only (without the accompanying full-text HTML) and are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. The DOI remains unique to a given article in perpetuity. More information about DOIs can be found online at Given that Accepted Articles are not considered to be final, please note that changes will be made to an article after Accepted Article online publication, which may lead to differences between this version and the Version of Record.

The Accepted Articles service has been designed to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers after acceptance.

Accepted articles will be indexed by PubMed; therefore the submitting author must carefully check the names and affiliations of all authors provided in the cover page of the manuscript, as it will not be possible to alter these once a paper is made available online in Accepted Article format. Subsequently the final copyedited and proofed articles will appear either as Early View articles in a matter of weeks or in an issue on Wiley Online Library; the link to the article in PubMed will automatically be updated.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via the online submission site .The use of an online submission and peer review site enables immediate distribution of manuscripts and consequentially speeds up the review process. It also allows authors to track the status of their own manuscripts. Complete instructions for submitting a paper are available online and below.

3.1. Getting Started
Launch your web browserand go to the journal's online Submission Site:
• Log-in or, if you are a new user, click on 'register here'.
• If you are registering as a new user.
- After clicking on 'register here', enter your name and e-mail information and click 'Next'. Your e-mail information is very important.
- Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click 'Next.'
- Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your areas of expertise. Click 'Finish'.
• If you are registered as a user, but have forgotten your log in details, enter your e-mail address under 'Password Help'. The system will send you an automatic user ID and a new temporary password.
• Log-in and select 'Author Center'

3.2. Submitting Your Manuscript
• After you have logged into your 'Author Center', submit your manuscript by clicking the submission link under 'Author Resources'.
• Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. You may copy and paste directly from your manuscript and you may upload your pre-prepared covering letter.
• Click the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
• You are required to upload your files.
- Click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer.
- Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.
- When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button.
• Review your submission (in HTML and PDF format) before completing your submission by sending it to the Journal. Click the 'Submit' button when you are finished reviewing.

3.3. Manuscript Files Accepted
Manuscripts should be uploaded as Word (.doc, .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rft) files (not write-protected) plus separate figure files. GIF, JPEG, PICT or Bitmap files are acceptable for submission, but only high-resolution TIF or EPS files are suitable for printing. The files will be automatically converted to HTML and PDF on upload and will be used for the review process. The text file must contain the entire manuscript including title page, summary, text, references, tables, and figure legends, but no embedded figures. In the text file, please reference figures as for instance 'Figure 1', 'Figure 2' etc to match the tag name you choose for the individual figure files uploaded. Manuscripts should be formatted as described in the Author Guidelines below.

3.4. Blinded Review
All manuscripts submitted to Molecular Oral Microbiology will be reviewed by at least two experts in the field. The names of the reviewers will not be disclosed to the author submitting a paper.

3.5. Suggest a Reviewer
Molecular Oral Microbiology attempts to keep the review process as short as possible to enable rapid publication. In order to facilitate this process, please suggest the names and current e-mail addresses of at least one potential international reviewer whom you consider capable of reviewing your manuscript. In addition, please suggest one Editorial Board member to review your manuscript.

3.6. Suspension of Submission Mid-way in the Submission Process
You may suspend a submission at any phase stage clicking the 'Submit' button and save it to submit later. The manuscript can then be located under 'Unsubmitted Manuscripts' and you can click on 'Continue Submission' to continue your submission when you choose to.

3.7. E-mail Confirmation of Submission
After submission you will receive an e-mail to confirm receipt of your manuscript. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail after 24 hours, please check your e-mail address carefully in the system. If the e-mail address is correct please contact your IT department. The error may be caused by spam filtering on your e-mail server. Also, the e-mails should be received if the IT department adds our e-mail server ( to their whitelist.

3.8. Manuscript Status
You can access ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) any time to check your 'Author Centre' for the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

3.9. Submission of Revised Manuscripts
To submit a revised Manuscript, locate your manuscript under 'Manuscripts with Decisions' and click on 'Submit a Revision'. Please remember to delete any old files uploaded when you upload your revised manuscript. Please also upload graphics. Please do not upload PDF files.


Original Articles: dealing with fundamental and applied aspects of oral cavity, respiratory tract infections, host-microbe interactions, cellular microbiology, molecular ecology and immunological studies. The journal does not publish Short Communications or Letters to the Editor.

Review articles: within the scope of Molecular Oral Microbiology


5.1. Format

: The language of publication is English. It is preferred that the manuscript is professionally edited before submission. We recommend that you have your paper professionally edited for English language by a service such as Wiley’s at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Abbreviations, Symbols and Nomenclature
: This journal follows the recommendations of:
1) Council of Biology Editors Style Manual, 5th ed., Council of Biology Inc., Bethesda, MD, 1983: and
2) Instructions to Authors molecular microbiology (January issue of each year)

Scientific Names: Scientific names of bacteria should be binomials, only the generic name with an initial capital, and should be italicized (or underlined) in the typescript. A name should be given in full upon first mention in a paper; the generic name may be abbreviated thereafter, but the abbreviation must be unambiguous. With regard to drugs, generic names should be used instead of proprietary names. If proprietary names are used, they should be attached when the term is first used, and should be followed by a superscript ®.

5.2. Structure
All manuscripts submitted to Molecular Oral Microbiology should include Title Page, Summary, Main Text,  Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figure Legends and Figures as appropriate. You are encouraged to view a recent paper published to resolve any formatting issues or use the Submission Template.

Title Page: should contain the following information in the order given: 1) the article title; 2) authors' full names (without degrees or titles); 3) authors' institutional affiliations including city and country; 4) a running title, not exceeding 40 letters and spaces; 5) 4-6 keywords; 6) name, address, telephone, fax and e-mail address of the author responsible for correspondence.

Summary: A separate summary (not abstract) should not exceed 250 words.

The Main Text of Original Research Article should include Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and References.

Introduction: Clearly state the purpose of the article. Summarize the rationale for the study or observation. Give only strictly pertinent references, and do not review the subject extensively.

Methods: The objective of writing the Methods is that there is sufficient information presented for a reader to be able to repeat the work.  As the author, you will be very familiar with what has been done, but the challenge is to present information clearly for others.

Results: Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables, illustrations, or both: emphasize or summarize only important observations.

Discussion: Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat in detail data given in the Results section. Include in the Discussion the implications of the findings and their limitations and relate the observations to other relevant studies.

The Main Text of Review Articles should be structured with appropriate headings. The summary should not exceed 250 words. Please do not go over the same ground as previous reviews on the topic. Your review should be fair and balanced and avoid too much emphasis on your own work. Inform the reader what the main questions are and why they are important, and where new technologies are likely to have a major impact in the future. Careful attention should be paid to both factual content and presentation. The article should be no longer than 10-15 pages double spaced text, have a maximum of 3 Figures or Tables (or combination of), and carry no more than 50 references. For longer articles, please contact the Reviews Editor for approval.

Acknowledgements: Under Acknowledgements please specify contributors to the article other than the authors accredited. Acknowledge only persons who have made substantive contributions to the study. Please also include specifications of the source of funding for the study and any potential conflict of interests if appropriate. Suppliers of materials should be named in the body of the text along with their location (town, state/county, country). The information must be included in the first citation.

5.3. References
References should be kept to the pertinent minimum, and arranged in alphabetical order by first author. For papers with up to six authors, the names of all authors should be listed. For papers with seven or more authors, the first three names should be listed followed by "et al.". Identify references in text, tables and legends by: Jones (2000), Jones et al. (2000), Jones & Michel (2000), or (Jones et al., 2000) etc. Do not use abstracts as references. Include manuscripts accepted but not published; designate the abbreviated title of the journal followed by (in press). Information from manuscripts not yet accepted should be cited in the text as (unpublished). The references must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents. Titles should be abbreviated in accordance with the style used in Index Medicus.

Savitt, E.D., and Socransky, S.S. (1984) Distribution of certain subgingival microbial species in selected periodontal conditions. J Periodont Res  19: 111-123.

He, J., Miyakazi, H., Anaya, C., Yu, F., Yeudall, W.A. and Lewis, J.P. (2006) Role of Porphyromonas gingivalis Feob2 in metal uptake and oxidative stress protection. Infect Immun 74: 4214-4223.

Colombo, A.P., Haffajee, A.D., Dewhirst, F.E. et al. (1998) Clinical and microbiological features of refractory periodontitis subjects. J Clin Periodontol 25: 169-180.

Chapter in a book
Taubman, M.A., Ebersole, J.L., and Smith, D.J. (1982) Association between systemic and local antibody and periodontal diseases In Host-Parasite Interactions in Periodontal Diseases. Genco, R.J, and Mergenhagen, S.E. (eds). Washington, DC: American Society for Microbiology, pp. 283-298.

Personal author(s)
Touchstone, J.C., and Dobbins, M.F. (1983) Practice of Thin Layer Chromatography, 2nd edn. New York: Wiley.

If using a software tool such as EndNote for reference management, the style template will need to be manually edited to conform with journal formatting requirements.

5.4. Tables, Figures and Figure Legends

Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.

: All figures (abbreviated to Fig(s).) should clarify the text and their number be kept to a minimum. Details must be large enough to retain their clarity after reduction in size. Illustrations should preferably fill single column width (54 mm) after reduction, although in some cases 113 mm (double column) and 171 mm (full page) widths will be accepted. Micrographs should be designed to be reproduced without reduction, and a linear size scale incorporated. Line drawings should be professionally drawn; half-tones should exhibit high contrast.

Figure Legends: should be numbered and listed after the Tables.

Preparation of Electronic Figures for Publication: Although low quality images are adequate for review purposes, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. Submit EPS (lineart) or TIFF (halftone/photographs) files only. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable for printed pictures. Do not use pixel-oriented programmes. Scans (TIFF only) should have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size (see below). EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible). For scanned images, the scanning resolution (at final image size) should be as follows to ensure good reproduction: lineart: >600 dpi; half-tones (including gel photographs): >300 dpi; figures containing both halftone and line images: >600 dpi. Only minimal processing of computer-generated images is permissible and should not alter the interpretation of the data.  Any in silico manipulation must be applied to all parts of the image, including the controls. Descriptions of image adjustments and the software used must be included in the text.  Composite images representing parts of more than one original image (or a rearrangement of different parts of the same image) must be clearly labeled as such.  Original data must be retained and made available to the editors on request.

Further information can be obtained at Wiley Blackwell's guidelines for figures:

Check your electronic artwork before submitting it:

: If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publishers.

5.5. Supporting Information

Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit:

5.6. Early View
Molecular Oral Microbiology is covered by Wiley Blackwell's Early View service. Early View Articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the author's final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.



Upon acceptance of a paper for publication, the manuscript will be forwarded to the Production Editor who is responsible for the production of the journal.

6.1 Proof Corrections
The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working email address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following Web site: This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and for corrections to be electronically annotated. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available; in your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs. Proofs must be returned to the Production Editor within three days of receipt.
As changes to proofs are costly, we ask that you only correct typesetting errors. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately. Other than in exceptional circumstances, all illustrations are retained by the publisher. Please note that the author is responsible for all statements made in his work, including changes made by the copy editor.

6.2 Online Production Tracking
Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley Blackwell's Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

6.3 Author Material Archive Policy
Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible.

6.4 Offprints and Extra Copies
Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

Additional paper offprints may be ordered online. Please click on the following link, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: Offprint.Cosprinters . If you have queries about offprints please email

6.5 Author Services
For more substantial information on the services provided for authors, please see Wiley Blackwell Author Services.