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Biofabrication

About the journal

Scope

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
  • cell/tissue/lab/organ-on-a-chip

 

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 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 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

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).

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.

Peer review

The journal 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 the journal, 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.

Ethics

The journal 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

This journal 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 us via the journal’s homepage.

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

The journal 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.

GBP EUR USD
Article publication charge*  £2640  €3010  $3690

*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 this journal.

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. 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)
  • PubMed/MEDLINE
  • Inspec
  • Compendex
  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • INIS Atomindex (International Nuclear Information System)
  • Meta
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Scopus

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