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We welcome original papers pertaining to all areas of intestinal microbiota of humans and other animals, food immunology, food function, and lactic acid bacteria.

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BMFH Vol. 41 No. 3 has been released on PMC
BMFH Vol. 41 No. 3 has been released on J-STAGE
Revision to gInstruction to Authorsh

To widely disseminate research, BMFH permits authors to register their manuscripts on preprint servers officially approved by relevant research communities before or at the time of submitting these manuscripts to BMFH. This applies only to original-version manuscripts describing primary studies. Manuscripts revised based on reviewersf comments, accepted for publication, or already published in BMFH cannot be registered on preprint servers. However, there is no restriction on the registration of links to published papers on preprint servers.
If the manuscript has been registered on a preprint server prior to submission, this must be acknowledged upon submission. An information of the preprint document must be provided so that reviewers and editors can evaluate this and compare it with the submitted manuscript. The preprint information should give author name(s), title, preprint server name, posted date and doi. The authors are requested to write this information after DISCUSSION under ePreprint publicationf.
Revision to gInstruction to Authorsh

Data availability
We recommend that all data and related meta-data underlying the findings reported in a submitted manuscript will be deposited in an appropriate public repository (GenBank, European Nucleotide Archives, National Center for Biotechnology and Information, National Bioscience Data Center, DNA data bank of Japan).
Revision to gInstruction to Authorsh

Editorial Policy.
EPapers describing experimental work with humans must include a statement that the Ethical Committee of the institution where the work was done had approved it, and that the participants gave their informed consent to the work. Also, experiments with animals or with genetically manipulated organisms must have been performed in accordance with the legal requirements of the relevant local or national authority, and procedures must be such that experimental animals do not suffer unnecessarily. The animal experimental work must also include a statement that the Ethical Committee of the institution where the work was done had approved it.

1.       Revision to"Instruction to Authors"

"Instruction to Authors" was revised as follows:


Form of manuscripts

3)Reviews: Reviews will generally be published by invitation only.


Uninvited review article will not be accepted after March 1, 2020.


2.       Charge of the fees after acceptance of manuscript for publication in BMFH.


Corresponding author will be charged the following fees after acceptance of manuscript for publication in BMFH.

1) Member (both corporate and individual) of either Japanese Association for Food Immunology, Japan Society for Lactic Acid Bacteria, or The Intestinal Microbiology Society: 5,000 JPY per 1 published page.

2) Non-member of the above three societies: 10,000 JPY per 1 published page.


This is applicable to the manuscripts submitted after June 1, 2020.