Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers

Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers

Biomedical Applications

2014 Impact Factor: 2.352
2014 Ranking: 71/162 in Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology | 27/82 in Polymer Science | 21/33 in Materials Science, Biomaterials
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Kathryn Uhrich Rutgers University, USA
Founding Editor
Raphael M. Ottenbrite Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Associate Editors
Antonella Motta University of Trento, Italy
Hamid Omidian Nova Southeastern University, USA
Thomas J. Pacansky Apollo Ventures, USA
Malcolm Purbrick Hertfordshire, UK
Carmen Scholz University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA

eISSN: 15308030| ISSN: 08839115|Current volume: 30|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

The use and importance of biomedical polymers, especially in pharmacology, is growing rapidly. The Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers is a fully peer-reviewed scholarly journal that provides biomedical polymer scientists and researchers with new information on important advances in this field.

Examples of specific areas of interest to the journal include: polymeric drugs and drug design; polymeric functionalization and structures related to biological activity or compatibility; natural polymer modification to achieve specific biological activity or compatibility; enzyme modelling by polymers; membranes for biological use; liposome stabilization and cell modeling. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Electronic access:

Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

The use and importance of biomedical utilization of polymers is currently one the most rapidly growing science. The Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers provides biomedical polymer scientists and researchers throughout the world with current frontier research advances in the field.

Coverage includes advances in the following biomedical areas:

  • Polymeric scaffolds for tissue engineering and tissue regeneration.
  • Polymeric drugs and prodrug systems
  • Polymer drug delivery and targeted delivery systems
  • Polymeric biosensors and stimuli-sensitive biosystems
  • Polymeric assembly systems and biodegradable polymers for bioapplications
  • Modeling and modification of enzyme sensitive polymer systems
  • Biorelated polymers with unique properties and bioapplications

Special feature
The journal also includes current literature Reviews, Perspectives on special topics and the bioactive and compatible polymers citation index.

A valuable aid to the researcher, each issue contains citations of the current literature on bioactive and compatible polymers, and related subjects, presented in alphabetical order by subject (e.g. Animal Models, Artificial Blood, Artificial Organs, Artificial Pancreas...)

Regional Editors
Kazunari Akiyoshi Kyoto University, Japan
Claudio Migliaresi University of Trento, Italy
Ki Dong Park Ajou University, Korea
Editorial Advisory Board
Emo Chiellini University of Pisa, Italy
Ruth Duncan Cardiff University, UK
Allan S Hoffman University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Robert S Langer Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA
Editorial Board
Gary L. Bowlin University of Memphis, USA
Guoping Chen National Institute for Materials Science, JAPAN
Federica Chiellini Pisa University, Italy
Fu-Zhai Cui Tsinghua University, China
Ulrica Edlund Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Aaron Goldstein Virginia Tech, USA
Thomas Groth Martin Luther University, Germany
Tony Guiseppi-Elie Center for Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochoips, Clemson University, USA
Dietmar Hutmacher Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Hiroshi Maeda Kumamoto University, Japan
Joao Mano University of Minho, Portugal
Nevenka Manolova Institute of Polymers, Bulgaria
Antonella Motta University of Trento, Italy
Kinam Park Purdue University, USA
Erhan Piskin Hacettepe University, Turkey
Julio San Roman Institute of Polymers, CSIC, Madrid
Kevin Shakesheff University of Nottingham, UK
Karel Ulbrich Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Prague, Czech Republic
Xiaohong Wang Tsinghua University, P.R.China
Associate Editorial Board
Emir Baki Denkbas Haceteppe University, Turkey
Jun Ge Stryker Corp, USA
Mamoru Haratake Nagasaki University, Japan
Arash Hatefi Rutgers University, USA
Kenichi Kuroda University of Michigan, USA
Monica Mattioli Belmonte Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
Yong-Juan Ren Johns Hopkins University, USA
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  • Vocational Search
    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
    3. Authorship
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor's publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Statements and conventions
      6.1 Acknowledgments
      6.2 Declaration of conflicting interests
      6.3 Funding acknowledgement
      6.4 Other statements and conventions
    7. Permissions
    8. Manuscript style
      8.1 File types
      8.2 Journal style
      8.3 Reference style
      8.4 Manuscript preparation
    9. After acceptance
      9.1 Proofs
      9.2 E-Prints
      9.3 SAGE production
      9.4 OnlineFirst publication
    10. Further information

    Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers welcomes submissions on biomedical utilization of polymers.


    1. Peer review policy

    Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author.

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    2. Article types

    The use and importance of biomedical utilization of polymers is currently, one the most rapidly growing science.  Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers provides biomedical polymer scientists and researchers throughout the world with current frontier research advances in the field. The journal accepts the following types of paper:

    1. Original Research Articles

    2.  Literature Reviews

    3.  Perspectives on special topics

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    3. Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. have made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
    2. drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content
    3. approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.
    Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers is hosted on SAGE track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts.

    To submit your manuscript simply visit to login and submit your article online. Only original manscripts written in English and in MS-Word should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Kathryn Uhrich via the details below.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright.  Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Statements and conventions

    6.1. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    6.2 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. It is the policy of Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None Declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. 

    When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    6.3 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    6.4 Other statements and conventions

    Published Statement of Informed Consent: Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

    Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

    Published Statement of Human and Animal Rights: When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

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    7. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    8. Manuscript style

    8.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted.  Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    8.2 Journal Style

    Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    8.3 Reference Style

    Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Vancouver output file by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    8.4 Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    8.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    8.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    8.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    8.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers does not currently accept supplemental files.

    8.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    9. After acceptance           

    9.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author for checking and correction. Proofs should be corrected carefully; the responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.

    9.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

    9.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers with SAGE. 

    9.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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    10. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Editor-in-Chief: Kathryn Uhrich

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