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Journal of Breath Research

About Journal of Breath Research


Journal of Breath Research is dedicated to all aspects of scientific research on breath. The traditional focus is on the analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and aerosols in exhaled breath for the investigation of health status and the diagnosis of disease, exogenous exposures, metabolism and toxicology. The journal also treats the topic of breath odour/malodour (halitosis), as well as welcoming other breath-related topics.

Key areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Volatile and non-volatile compounds in exhaled breath gas (and in other biofluids, e.g., urine, blood, sweat, in correlation with breath)
  • Breath biomarkers and the exposome
  • Standardization in breath sampling and analysis
  • Safety measures in breath collection and handling
  • Statistical and chemometric treatment of breath data
  • Breath analysis for infectious diseases
  • New and emerging technologies in the field
  • Methodological aspects of breath research, covering interlaboratory comparisons, validation, and measurement uncertainty
  • Physiological modelling of exhaled compounds
  • Application in clinical practice
  • Exhaled breath condensate and aerosols
  • Oral microbiome and malodour production

Why should you publish in Journal of Breath Research?

  • High standards: impartial, constructive and rigorous peer review.
  • Fast publication: we are committed to providing you with a fast, professional service to ensure rapid first decision, acceptance and publication. Once accepted, your article will be accessible to readers within 24 hours and will include a citable DOI.
  • Full compliance with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy—we upload NIH-funded papers to PubMed Central on behalf of authors.
  • Open access: open access option—for more details see the IOP Publishing open access policy page.
  • Transfer opportunities: as well as accepting direct submissions, the journal also offers you a quick and easy solution to transfer your manuscript from another IOP Publishing journal if it does not fit that journal’s scope or significance criteria. Articles are transferred along with peer review reports to save time and avoid duplication of work for reviewers.
  • Society owned: IOP Publishing is a leading society publisher of advanced physics research. Any profits generated by IOP Publishing are invested in the Institute of Physics, helping to support research, education and outreach around the world.

Article types

Journal of Breath Research welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Papers: descriptions of original scientific research, techniques and applications; not normally more than 12 000 words (14 journal pages). All research papers should show strong evidence validating the scientific hypothesis, or the novelty, performance or comparative advantage of the technique or application.
  • Notes: shorter versions of Papers and not normally more than 4000 words (four journal pages).
  • Perspectives: personal view on a particular research topic or discipline.
  • Topical reviews: intended to summarize accepted practice and report on recent progress in selected areas; generally commissioned by the Editorial Board, from experts in various fields.
  • Tutorials: background knowledge of a particular subject area and/or pragmatic explanations of specific procedures used in the field of breath research for an audience unfamiliar with the subject. Tutorials are normally commissioned by the Editorial Board but we also welcome unsolicited submissions to the journal.
  • Comments: comments on, or criticisms of, previously published work; not normally more than 1800 words (two journal pages).

Special requirements

Authors of all articles are required upon submission to disclose any potential conflict of interest (e.g. employment, consulting fees, industrial research contracts, stock ownership, equity interests, patent-licensing arrangements, honoraria, etc.) in their cover letter. If the article is subsequently accepted for publication, this information should be included in an acknowledgments section. Authors should also note that the journal fully endorses the principles embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki in relation to ethical practices in clinical research. All investigations involving humans must be conducted in accordance with these principles and in accordance with local statutory requirements. Articles relying on clinical trials should specify the trial registration number at the end of the abstract. We also encourage the registration of such studies in a public trials registry prior to publication of the results in the journal. All investigations involving animal experimentation must be conducted in conformity with the ‘Guiding Principles for Research Involving Animals and Human Beings’ as adopted by The American Physiological Society.


Safety procedures

On submission, authors are required to describe all the safety procedures adopted in terms of personnel protective measures, safety of breath sampling equipment, safety procedures for the analysis of the collected samples, and finally disposal of collected samples and all potentially contaminated sampling devices.


Contextualizing work for a Journal of Breath Research audience

All articles should emphasize how research will be of interest and of relevance to the breath research community. Authors must emphasize how they have considered breath research as part of their study and refer directly to the impacts the results will have on the field of breath research.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Journal of Breath Research, using the ANSI/NISO Standard Terminology for Peer Review:

  • Identity transparency: single-anonymous, double-anonymous (author choice)
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor

Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process as well as checklists in both English and Chinese language to help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission.

If an article is not accepted for publication, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals we publish.

Inclusivity and diversity

IOP Publishing recognises that there are inequalities within the scientific publishing and research ecosystems. We are committed to a progressive approach to inclusivity and diversity, and are working hard to eliminate discrimination to foster an equitable and welcoming publishing environment for all.

IOP Publishing follows Guidelines on Inclusive Language and Images in Scholarly Communication to ensure that journal articles use bias-free and culturally sensitive communication. We ask authors to please follow these guidelines in their manuscript submissions.

More information about our work on inclusivity is available on our Open Physics hub.


Journal of Breath Research maintains the highest standards of publication and research ethics and is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are expected to comply with IOP Publishing’s Ethical Policy.

Research data

Journal of Breath Research has adopted IOP Publishing’s research data policy. Please check that your article complies with the policy before submission.

Please note that this policy requires authors to include a data availability statement in their article.

For any questions about the policy please contact the journal.

Many research funders now require authors to make all data related to their research available in an online repository. Please refer to the policy for further information about research data, data repositories and data citation.

Open access

Journal of Breath Research is a hybrid open access journal. Authors have the option to pay an article publication charge (APC) to publish their article on a gold open access basis under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. Articles published on a gold open access basis are freely available to everyone to read and reuse immediately upon publication, provided the terms of the licence are followed and clear attribution to the author is given.

Alternatively authors who do not select the gold open access option can choose a green open access route to publication.

For more information on IOP Publishing’s open access policies please see our Open access page. For our author rights policies please see our Author rights page.

Publication charges

Publication on a subscription-access basis is free of charge.

Authors have the option to pay the following article publication charge (APC) to publish their article on an open access basis under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

Article publication charge* £2295 €2635 $3165
Reduced article publication charge* for Group B countries** £500 €575 $675
Reduced article publication charge for Group A countries** £0 €0 $0

*excluding VAT where applicable

**eligibility criteria can be found here

APCs only apply to articles accepted for publication; there are no submission charges.

There are no other charges for publishing in Journal of Breath Research.

Transformative Agreements

Journal of Breath Research is included in our transformative agreements which allow authors from some institutions to publish open access without paying an APC.

Find out if you’re covered by an agreement

If you are covered by an agreement, use our author guide to help you submit your paper.

Countries where we have transformative agreements include:
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Paying for open access

Various discounts, waivers and funding arrangements are available to support our authors. Visit our Paying for open access page for further details.


Abstracting and indexing services

We work with our authors to help make their work as easy to discover as possible. Journal of Breath Research is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • CNKI
  • Embase
  • Inspec
  • J-Gate
  • JST
  • Medline/Index Medicus
  • MyScienceWork
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Naver Academic
  • PubMed
  • R Discovery
  • Reaxys
  • Scilit
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Wanfang Data
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded, Essential Science Indicators)
  • x-mol

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