Biofabrication™ focuses on cutting-edge research regarding the use of cells, proteins, biological materials and biomaterials as building blocks to manufacture biological systems and/or therapeutic products. Emphasis is on the development of fabrication technologies, modelling of the fabricated constructs and maturation of biofabricated objects towards the intended tissue types. It includes the following topics:
Cell, tissue and organ printing, patterning and assembly
- for in vitro cell models and tissue models
- for tissue precursors, analogs and substitutes
- as disease models
- as drug/toxicological screening models
Biofabricated cell/biological material-integrated systems and medical devices
- biochips and biosensors
- cell-laden microfluidic devices
Novel 3D tissue scaffold fabrication
- convergence of (bio)fabrication technologies
- novel processes for complex scaffolds and surface engineering
- bioactive and bioinspired tissue scaffolds
- engineering ‘active and reactive’ interfaces within hierarchical structures
- direct and indirect fabrication methods
Integrated bio- and micro/nano-fabrication
Protein/biomolecule printing, patterning and assembly
Modelling of the biofabrication processes and biofabricated constructs
Why should you publish in Biofabrication?
- High standards: impartial, constructive and rigorous peer review.
- Fast publication: we are committed to providing you with a speedy, 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 NIH Public Access Policy: we upload NIH-funded papers to PubMed Central on behalf of authors.
- Open access.
- 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.
Biofabrication welcomes submissions of the following article types:
- Papers: descriptions of original scientific research, techniques and applications; not normally more than 12000 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)
- 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.
- Perspectives: personal views on a particular research topic or discipline.
- Comments and Replies: comments on, or criticisms of, previously published work; not normally more than 1800 words (two journal pages).
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.
The following summary describes the peer review process for Biofabrication, using the ANSI/NISO Standard Terminology for Peer Review:
- Identity transparency: single-anonymous, double-anonymous (author choice)
- Reviewer interacts with: Editor
- Review information published: review reports (author and reviewer opt in), author/editor communication, reviewer identities (reviewer opt in)
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.
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.
Alternatively authors who do not select the gold open access option can choose a green open access route to publication.
Publication on a subscription-access basis is free of charge.
|Article publication charge*||£2640||€3010||$3690|
|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 Biofabrication.
Transformative AgreementsBiofabrication is included in our transformative agreements which allow authors from some institutions to publish open access without paying an APC.
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. Biofabrication is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:
- ISI (Science Citation Index®, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Biotechnology Citation Index®, Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews)
- Chemical Abstracts Service
- INIS Atomindex (International Nuclear Information System)
- NASA Astrophysics Data System