1.0 Scope and Standards
Biomaterials Science is an international, high impact journal bringing together the molecular and mesoscopic interactions of biomaterials and their potential applications. Biomaterials Science will publish monthly issues containing a full mix of articles, including Communications, Full Papers, Mini-reviews and Reviews. Biomaterials Science will publish original research that demonstrates very high novelty and advance. Alongside highly novel original research articles, Biomaterials Science will publish high quality Reviews on topical and significant areas of research.
Main research areas include (but are not limited to):
- Mesoscopic science of cells and materials
- Molecular design of biomaterials
- Materials for nanomedicine and drug delivery systems
- Materials for stem cell research
- Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
- Nanomaterials at the biointerface
- Biologically inspired and biomimetic materials
- Interfacial phenomena in biomineralization
2.0 Article types
2.1 Full papers
Full papers in Biomaterials Science contain original scientific work that has not been published previously. There is no page limit for full paper articles. Please note that the Royal Society of Chemistry strongly discourages the fragmentation of a substantial body of work into a number of short publications.
Biomaterials Science Communications contain novel scientific work of such importance that rapid publication is desirable. Authors should briefly indicate in a covering letter the reasons why they feel that publication of their work as a communication is justified. The recommended length is three printed journal pages.
The purpose of Reviews is to bring the reader up-to-date with research in a particular field, highlighting areas of special excitement and progress. Review articles in Biomaterials Science are normally submitted by invitation. Since the readership of Biomaterials science is wide-ranging it is essential that the Review is easily comprehensible to a non-specialist in the field. On the other hand, the article should aim to provide an authoritative in-depth discussion of current progress and problems and should not consist of a laborious account of every paper in the area. Neither should the author concern himself with providing a comprehensive list of references; those of particular interest and significance are all that are required. Authors are encouraged to identify areas in the field where further developments are imminent or of urgent need, and any areas that may be of significance to the biomaterials science community in general. Please note that Reviews in Biomaterials Science should not contain any original research.
Mini-reviews are highlights or summaries of research in an emerging area in biomaterials science (typically from the last 2-3 years). Mini-reviews are not intended to be comprehensive overviews, rather they are meant to highlight recent and important developments in that specific subject area. Mini-reviews should not contain any unpublished original research and should set the topic in the context of the relevant literature. A small amount of speculation of possible future developments may also be appropriate in the Conclusions section. The recommended length of a Biomaterials Science Mini-review is 3 printed journal pages.
For information on the IUPAC recommendations for terminology for biorelated polymers and applications please see the following link.