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Journal of Breath Research

About the journal


Journal of Breath Research is dedicated to all aspects of scientific breath research. The traditional focus is on analysis of volatile compounds and aerosols in exhaled breath for the investigation of exogenous exposures, metabolism, toxicology, health status and the diagnosis of disease and breath odours. The journal also welcomes other breath-related topics.

Typical areas of interest include:

  • Big laboratory instrumentation: describing new state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation capable of performing high-resolution discovery and targeted breath research; exploiting complex technologies drawn from other areas of biochemistry and genetics for breath research.
  • Engineering solutions: developing new breath sampling technologies for condensate and aerosols, for chemical and optical sensors, for extraction and sample preparation methods, for automation and standardization, and for multiplex analyses to preserve the breath matrix and facilitating analytical throughput. Measure exhaled constituents (e.g. CO2, acetone, isoprene) as markers of human presence or mitigate such contaminants in enclosed environments.
  • Human and animal in vivo studies: decoding the ‘breath exposome’, implementing exposure and intervention studies, performing cross-sectional and case-control research, assaying immune and inflammatory response, and testing mammalian host response to infections and exogenous exposures to develop information directly applicable to systems biology. Studying inhalation toxicology; inhaled breath as a source of internal dose; resultant blood, breath and urinary biomarkers linked to inhalation pathway.
  • Cellular and molecular level in vitro studies: developing breath sampling and analytical approaches to link broad in vivo observations with focused in vitro level experiments; focusing on the human microbiome, exhaled aerosols, messenger proteins, infectious diseases, and the use of probe molecules to deduce adverse outcome pathways transferable to human observational studies. Studying and defining cellular respiration as part of breath research. Exploring the differences in metabolism from human and microbiological sources.
  • Clinical, pharmacological and forensic applications: describing new breath-based clinical applications for medical diagnostics, developing follow-up protocols of medical treatment regimens, evaluating metabolism pathways of drugs and chemicals in commerce, developing bedside and home care devices, testing for alcohol and illicit drugs, and establishing standardized procedures for generating reliable data. Identifying sources of breath odour, assessing specific compounds, and developing mitigation methods. Comparing results from different biological media (e.g. blood, urine, sweat, faeces).
  • Mathematical, statistical and graphical data interpretation: developing methods for interpreting and explaining complex data using bioinformatics, heatmap visualization, variance components calculations, classical absorption / distribution/ metabolism/ elimination kinetic models, metadata and multivariate model analysis, and pattern recognition methods. Interpreting data from discovery, identification, and linkage studies among organic compounds from different biological media including exhaled breath gas, exhaled breath condensate (EBC), breath aerosols, and the off-gassing from skin, sweat, urine, blood, faeces and saliva.

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 referees.
  • 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 covering 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. 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 quote 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.

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 all potentially contaminated sampling devices and collected samples.

Peer review

Journal of Breath Research operates a double-anonymous peer review process, in which authors remain anonymous to the reviewers throughout the review process. Authors are responsible for anonymizing their manuscript before submitting their paper. A checklist (Chinese language version) is available to help authors with this process.

Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process.

If an article is not accepted for publication in Journal of Breath Research, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals we publish. This process is explained in more detail on our Publishing Support website.

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.

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 data availability 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

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* £2125 €2440 $2930

*excluding VAT where applicable

APCs only apply to articles accepted for publication; there are no submission charges. Subscription publication is free of charge.

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 to find out whether you qualify.


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:

  • ISI (Science Citation Index®, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition)
  • PubMed/MEDLINE
  • Inspec
  • Scopus
  • BIOSIS Previews®/Biological AbstractsⓇ
  • Chemical Abstracts
  • EMBASE/Excerpta Medica
  • SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
  • Meta

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