Journal of Biomaterials Applications
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Journal of Biomaterials Applications

2014 Impact Factor: 2.197
2014 Ranking: 29/76 in Engineering, Biomedical | 22/33 in Materials Science, Biomaterials
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

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eISSN: 15308022| ISSN: 08853282|Current volume: 30|Current issue: 2 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).

Electronic access:

Journal of Biomaterials Applications is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://jba.sagepub.com

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.

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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
Rajesh Banerjee University of North Texas, USA
Jake Barralet McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Bikramjit Basu Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur / Indian Institute of Science, India
Traian Chirila Queensland Eye Institute, Brisbane, 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, London, UK
Jose Domingos Santos University of Porto, Portugal
Thomas Franz University of Cape Town, South Africa
N Huang Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Yoshito Ikada Suzuka University of Medical Science, Japan
Kunio Ishikawa Kyushu University, Japan
Masakazu Kawashita Tohoku University, Japan
Minna Kellomaki Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Ali Khademhosseini Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA
Beomjoon Kim The University of Tokyo, Japan
Hyoun-Ee Kim Seoul National University, South Korea, Korea
Young Ha Kim University of Oklahoma
Shipu Li Wuhan University of Technology, China
Jian Lu Manchester University, UK
Ying Luo Peking University, China
Joanna McKittrick University of California, San Diego, USA
Claudio Migliaresi University of Trento, Italy
Frank A Muller Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Germany
Christopher A Naumann Indiana University-Purdue, University Indianapolis, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, USA
Ioan I Negulescu Louisiana State University, USA
Kee Woei Ng Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dr David Nisbet The Australian National University, Australia
Chikara Ohtsuki Nagoya University, Japan
Will Palin University of Birmingham , UK
Yvonne Perrie Aston University, UK
James Phillips University Colllege London, United Kingdom
Jonathan Pratten GlaxoSmithKline, United Kingdom
Thomas Rades University of Otago, New Zealand
Kurosch Rezwan University of Bremen, Germany
Alexander M. Seifalian University College London, UK
Chandra P. Sharma Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute, Trivandrum, India
Heather Sheardown McMaster University, Canada
Alan M Smith University of Huddersfield, UK
Mark Towler Ryerson University, Canada
Ivan Wall University College London, UK
Szu-Wen Wang University of California, Irvine, CA, USA
Guobao Wei Osteotech Inc, USA
Huakun Xu The University of Maryland Dental School, USA
Anne Young University College London, UK
  • 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
    1. Article types
    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 Data
    3. Publishing Policies
          3.1 Publication ethics
          3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
          3.3 Open access and author archiving
          3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
          4.1 Word processing formats
          4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
          4.3 Supplementary material
          4.4 Journal layout
          4.5 Reference style
          4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
          5.1 How to submit your manuscript
          5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
          5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
          6.1 SAGE Production
          6.2 Access to your published article
          6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further information

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://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.

    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.

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    1. 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

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    2. Editorial policies

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    2.1 Peer review policy

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author.
    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.
    Authors are requested to suggest the names, affiliations and contact information of up to six individuals who may be suitable to serve as referees, but the Editors are under no obligation to use all or any of these individuals as reviewers.
    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.

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    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 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 International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

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    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.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communciations 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.

    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    2.6 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(s) 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

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    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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using 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 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.

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    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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    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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    3.4 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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    4. Preparing your manuscript

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    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. 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. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

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    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.

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    4.3 Supplementary material

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications does not currently accept supplemental files.

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    4.4 Journal layout

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

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    4.5 Reference style

    Journal of Biomaterials Applications 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, you can download the SAGE Harvard output file here and the SAGE Vancouver output file here

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    4.6 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

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    5.1 How to submit 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 [SAGE Track site URL] 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.

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    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. 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 the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    5.3 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.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

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    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.

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    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

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    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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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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