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Journal of Biomaterials Applications

2016 Impact Factor: 2.310
2016 Ranking: 30/77 in Engineering, Biomedical | 23/33 in Materials Science, Biomaterials
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE; Indexed in PubMed Central

Editor-in-chief
Reviews Editor
Ivan Wall University College London, UK


eISSN: 15308022 | ISSN: 08853282 | Current volume: 32 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 10 Times/Year


The Journal of Biomaterials Applications is a fully peer reviewed international journal that publishes original research and review articles that emphasize the development, manufacture and clinical applications of biomaterials.

The journal is at the forefront of reporting on new developments in the materials technology that supports new and improved biomaterials and medical devices. The Journal cuts across disciplines and focuses on medical research and topics that present the broadest view of practical applications of biomaterials in actual clinical use. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

All issues of the Journal of Biomaterials Applications are available to browse online.

The Journal of Biomaterials Applications is a fully peer reviewed international journal that publishes original research and review articles that emphasize the development, manufacture and clinical applications of biomaterials.

Peer-reviewed articles by biomedical specialists from around the world cover:

  • New developments in biomaterials, R&D, properties and performance, evaluation and applications
  • Applications in biomedical materials and devices - from sutures and wound dressings to biosensors and cardiovascular devices
  • Current findings in biological compatibility/incompatibility of biomaterials

The Journal of Biomaterials Applications publishes original articles that emphasize the development, manufacture and clinical applications of biomaterials. Biomaterials continue to be one of the most rapidly growing areas of research in plastics today and certainly one of the biggest technical challenges, since biomaterial performance is dependent on polymer compatibility with the aggressive biological environment. The Journal cuts across disciplines and focuses on medical research and topics that present the broadest view of practical applications of biomaterials in actual clinical use.

The Journal of Biomaterial Applications is devoted to new and emerging biomaterials technologies, particularly focusing on the many applications which are under development at industrial biomedical and polymer research facilities, as well as the ongoing activities in academic, medical and applied clinical uses of devices.

Abstracted/Indexed in:

Biotechnology & Bioengineering Abstracts

CSA Biological Science Abstract

Current Contents/ Social and Behavioral Sciences

Current Contents, Engineering, Comp, & Tech

Ei-Compendex/Engineering Index/Ei Page One

Engineered Materials Abstracts

Index Medicus & MEDLINE

ISI Alerting Services

Material Science Citation Index

Metal Abs./METADEX

PASCAL database

Polyme Library / Rapra Abstracts

Science Citation Index Expanded

SciSearch

Editorial Board
Jake Barralet McGill University, Canada
Bikramjit Basu Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur / Indian Institute of Science, India
Aldo R Boccaccini University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Daniel Boyd Dalhousie University, Canada
Juan Cauich-Rodriguez CICY, Mexico
Traian Chirila Queensland Eye Institute, Australia
Tomasz Ciach Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Allan GA Coombes University of Queensland, Australia
Fu-Zhai Cui Tsinghua University, China
Sanjukta Deb King's College London Dental Institute, UK
Maria Helena Fernandes University of Aveiro, Portugal
Thomas Franz University of Cape Town, South Africa
Liam Grover University of Birmingham, UK
Yoshito Ikada Suzuka University of Medical Science, Japan
Kunio Ishikawa Kyushu University, Japan
Jesse Jokerst University of California San Diego, USA
Masakazu Kawashita Tohoku University, Japan
Minna Kellomaki Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Ali Khademhosseini Harvard Medical School, USA
Hyoun-Ee Kim Seoul National University, South Korea
Biman Mandal Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
Joanna McKittrick University of California San Diego, USA
Frank A Muller Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Germany
Christopher A Naumann Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
David Nisbet The Australian National University, Australia
Akiko Obata Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
Chikara Ohtsuki Nagoya University, Japan
Yvonne Perrie Aston University, UK
James Phillips University Colllege London, UK
Jonathan Pratten GlaxoSmithKline, UK
Thomas Rades University of Otago, New Zealand
Kurosch Rezwan University of Bremen, Germany
Chandra P. Sharma Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute, India
Heather Sheardown McMaster University, Canada
Alan M Smith University of Huddersfield, UK
Mark Towler Ryerson University, Canada
Szu-Wen Wang University of California, USA
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Apollit (Applied Polymers Literature)
  • Apollit (Applied Polymers Literature) CEASED
  • Biomedical Reference Collection: Corporate
  • Biotechnology & Bioengineering Abstracts
  • CSA Biological Science Abstract
  • Compendex
  • Current Contents / Engineering, Comp, & Tech
  • Engineered Materials Abstracts
  • Health Source
  • INIS Atomindex
  • INIS Database (0nline and CD Rom)
  • Index Medicus
  • Index Medicus (Ceased 2004)
  • Material Science Citation Index
  • Materials Science Citation Index
  • Metal Abs./METADEX
  • Metals Abs./METADEX
  • PASCAL database
  • Polyme Library / Rapra Abstracts
  • Rapra Polymer Library Database
  • SciSearch
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Biomaterials Applications

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jba to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Biomaterials Applications will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Biomaterials Applications, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications publishes original research and review articles that emphasize the development, manufacture and clinical applications of biomaterials. The Journal considers the following kinds of article for publication:

    Peer-reviewed articles by biomedical specialists from around the world cover:

      • New developments in biomaterials
      • R&D, properties and performance, evaluation and applications
      • Applications in biomedical materials and devices - from sutures and wound dressings to biosensors and cardiovascular devices
      • Current findings in biological compatibility/incompatibility of biomaterials

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. 

    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review.

    Peer Review Process: We endeavour to obtain at least 2 referee’s reports. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 4-6 weeks of submission

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

      • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
      • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
      • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for the journal  can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. 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. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
      2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
      3. Approved the version to be published,
      4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. 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 International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Journal of Biomaterials Applications 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 ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

    All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.

    2.7 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at j.knowles@ucl.ac.uk

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 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 the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 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.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jba to login and submit your article online.

    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.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Biomaterials Applications editorial office as follows:

    Jonathan Knowles, at the following email address: j.knowles@ucl.ac.uk

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