Focus and Scope

International Journal of Bioprinting is an international journal covering the technology, science and clinical application of the broadly defined field of Bioprinting. Bioprinting is defined as the use of 3D printing technology with materials that incorporate viable living cells or biological elements to produce tissue or biotechnological products.

We are interested in the scientific topics spanning all stages of bioprinting process from concept creation to fabrication and beyond. Knowledge generated in these researches must be related to bioprinting.

The journal publishes original research articles on basic and applied research as well as associated social implications of this research. The journal also publishes brief commentaries and reviews. Articles focusing on the practical applications of 3D-printed products are similarly welcome.

Examples of relevant topics included but are not limited to:

Information technologies and basic research

  • Medical scanning and imaging for printable format
  • Data security and validation in medical additive manufacturing
  • Logistic management in bioprinting
  • Mass customization design methodology or platform technology
  • Blueprint for organ printing
  • Automated algorithm for 3D modelling of bioprintable files
  • Research models (e.g. cancer, pre-surgical evaluation, etc.)

Materials and formulation

  • New material and method of preparation
  • Hybrid and composite material system
  • Evaluation technologies for bioprinting process and bioprinted product
  • Biomimetic and bioinspired design and material system
  • Interaction of processing and materials
  • Post-processing of bioprinted medical constructs

Cell source and biotechnology for additive manufacturing

  • Cell source research
  • Large-scale or high throughput cell culture techniques
  • Tissue spheroid research ( modelling, analysis, measurement, biological observation, characterization)
  • Interaction of cell-material

3D Bioprinting technologies

  • Bioprinting technologies or 3D printing techniques for direct manipulation of cells and biological elements
  • New printing systems or new printing methodology
  • Optimization methodology 

New design and fabrication paradigm

  • Hybrid approach in medical additive manufacturing
  • Information technologies and software in
  • Architectural design
  • Real time and non-invasive monitoring techniques
  • Maturation techniques of printed construct
  • Bioreactor for printed construct

Applied research purpose & evaluation of 3D printed products

  • Implants and prosthetics
  • Bioprinting
  • Biological tissue model for toxicology testing, drug delivery, drug production-related
  • Scaffold for tissue engineering
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Medical imaging purposes(e.g. 3D-printed probes)
  • Bionic organ
  • Organ printing
  • Personalized drug
  • Biomodels for surgical training and planning
  • Exoskeleton
  • Further optimisation/advantages/limitations
  • Education

Associated social implications

  • Ethics
  • Economic relationships and shifts
  • Policies and regulation
  • Intellectual property (IP-copyright, design protection, patents, and trademarks), licensing
  • Business (e.g. chain supply, management)
  • Environmental impact
  • Community sentiments to 3D-printed products (e.g. healthcare providers, users, etc.)

 

Section Policies

Perspective Articles

These are author's personal opinions on a subject/topic. Unlike Reviews, Perspective articles may cover a more specific, narrow part of the field. However, these are still required to uphold the spirit of academia to be objective as well as aim to initiate or further discussions and novel experimental procedures in the field.
This manuscript type typically has 5 tables and figures in total, and approximately 70 references and 7,000 words (inclusive of reference list and abstract)

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Review Articles

A summary highlighting recent developments and current/future trends of the field
This manuscript type typically has 5 tables and figures in total, and approximately 70 references and 7,000 words (inclusive of reference list and abstract)

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Original Articles

Scientific articles on original basic and applied research and/or analysis
This manuscript type typically has 5 tables and figures in total, and approximately 40 references and 7,000 words (inclusive of reference list and abstract)

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Letters to the Editor-in-Chief/authorship

Comments from reader(s) about individual articles. These letters must be constructive and contribute to the development of individual articles published or the entire journal. Letters containing new ideas, supporting data or data criticizing the article may be subjected to peer-review (determined on a case-by-case basis by the journal's editorial team) and published in the online publication but not in the printed version. Authors should specify the intended recipient of the letters i.e. editor-in-chief or stating the specific author(s) name.
This manuscript type typically has 1,800 words (exclusive of reference list)

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Editorials

Solicited concise commentary highlighting prominent topics in the Journal issue. These are the official opinions of the editors of the journal or special issue. Editorials will be published in both online and printed versions of the journal.

This manuscript type typically has 3,500 words.

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Commentaries

Unsolicited commentaries or analysis from reader(s) targeting specific published articles in the journal. Commentaries will be subjected to peer-review and may be published in both online and printed versions of the journal.
This manuscript type typically has 3,500 words.

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Position Papers

Submissions that reflect the official opinion of an organization (e.g. government bodies, funding agencies etc.).
This manuscript type typically has 3,500 words.

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Reports

Documents that summarize the execution and results of a clinical case involving bioprinted construct or a collaborative research programme that is directly related to the advancement of bioprinting. Submissions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and are usually solicited by the editors.

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Book Review

Book reviews provide an overview of new pubulications from the area of bioprinting. Brief summary, focus, argumentation and impact of the book should be provided.

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Short Communication

Short Communications are short articles that present original and significant findings on a particular problem or novel findings that is anticipated to have significant impact. The length of a Short Communication should not exceed 4,000 words, including the Abstract and References. The article should contain Abstract (not more than 150 words), Background, Materials and Method, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and References, and contain no more than 5 figures and/or tables. The article is limited to 15 references.

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Extended Conference Paper

An Extended Conference Paper is the conference paper version of an original research article that presents the new findings and in-depth discussion of a certain topic.

The content of manuscript must be relevant to the Focus and Scope of IJB

http://ijb.whioce.com/index.php/int-j-bioprinting/index

The manuscripts that do not have relevance to the Focus and Scope of the journal will be rejected.

The requirements for Extended Conference Papers are as follows:

-           The Extended Conference Paper must have at least 30% new material and include a citation to the conference paper. In addition to the 30% new material which is acquired through additional experimentation, analyses and proposal of new ideas or theories, the original content that can be found in the conference paper must be paraphrased, i.e. rewriting the sentences or changing the sentence structure. The 30% new material may also include the clarifications in response to questions raised during the presentation at the conference.

-           The Extended Conference Paper must have a new title and a new abstract that are different from those in the conference paper. Nevertheless, the new title and new abstract must retain the ‘motivation, methods and conclusions’ of the paper presented at the conference presentation. More data in the form of tables and figures should be added. The results should be discussed in-depth with more examples and explanations. In this regard, more references will be needed.

-           The conference paper must be cited.

-           The order in which the authors’ names listed on the conference paper can be changed, but no new names can be added to and no existing names can be removed from the author list in the Extended Conference Paper.

-           A PDF copy of the conference paper must be submitted along with the submission of the Extended Conference Paper.

-           The format and style of an Extended Conference Paper is similar to the ones of an Original Research Article. Refer to the specific requirements of the Original Research Article.

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to International Journal of Bioprinting will follow the following procedure:

  • Initial submission are reviewed by in-house editors to ensure adherence to journal policies and for double-blind review
  • Editor-in-chief decides on the manuscript to be sent out for review process and assigns the manuscript to one of the editors according to the particular topic.
  • Editor assigns reviewers from inside the editorial board or outside depending on the topic.
  • After evaluations by the reviewers have been received, the editor-in-chief makes one of the following recommendations: accept, minor revision, major revision, reject and resubmit, and reject.
  • If decision is minor revision, the authors have 7 days to resubmit the revised manuscript.
  • If decision is major revision, the authors have 14 days to resubmit the revised manuscript.
  • Upon resubmission, the same procedure is applied as for the initial submission.
  • Authors may appeal for a rejected submission. Appeal requests must be made in writing to ijb@whioce.com with detailed reasons for the appeal and point by point responses to the reviewers remarks. Decisions on appeals are final without exception.
  • For all manuscripts accepted for publication, the peer review process will be deemed to be completed. The manuscript will proceed to be copyedited, layout edited and proofread before being published online.

Note: You may suggest up to four academically qualified reviewers for consideration. Please insert the current contact details of the reviewer and state the reason(s) for recommendation under the "Comments for the Editor" section. However, please take note that the Editorial team strives to ensure the peer review process is fair and unbiased and hence, there is no guarantee that a recommended reviewer will be approached to perform the peer review.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Publishing Ethics

International Journal of Bioprinting requests all members involved in the journal publishing process to adhere to the Core Practices on publication ethics as stipulated by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in compliance with the information and guidelines on handling publishing ethics allegations as described in the Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK).

The journal strictly adheres to the guidelines and best practices, which include Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals from the International Committee of Medical Journals  Editors (ICMJE) and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing developed by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

The journal editors take all possible misconducts seriously. The Editors, authors or readers can forward their concerns to the journal if they find out that the description in a submitted article may constitute an academic fraud, research misconduct or publication malpractice. The concerns or complaints on the possible allegations submitted to the journal will be dealt with promptly and appropriately according to the procedure set out in the COPE flowchart on complaints and in PERK. The complainant may direct all inquiries and correspondence to the Publisher at editor@whioce.com.

International Journal of Bioprinting adopts a zero-tolerance policy concerning any academic misconducts and ethical violations in research and publication regardless of the severity of these issues. The violations include plagiarism, falsification of research, data fabrication, submitting manuscripts of others as one’s own, submission of same manuscript to different publication venues at the same time and breached intellectual property rights. In cases of suspected misconduct and ethical violation, a panel will be formed to investigate the allegation. If the allegation is supported by evidence, the submitted manuscript in question will be declined for consideration in the journal and all authors will be informed in this regard. A retraction initiated by authors or by the journal is required to take place if the paper has already been published, and the retraction will be made public. Authors of the work in question will receive the Panel’s Decision via email and all appeals regarding the decision will have to be made to the Publisher at editor@whioce.com within 28 days of the decision date.

 

 

Editorial Policies

Authors should read the “Author Guidelines” before making a submission, and make sure that the manuscripts were written in accordance to the style and specifications of the journal’s policy.

All manuscripts submitted to International Journal of Bioprinting are subject to rigorous peer review. Prior to peer review process, the manuscripts will be screened for acceptable English language, novelty and relevance to the Focus and Scope of the journal.

Any manuscripts submitted to International Journal of Bioprinting will be treated as confidential materials. The manuscripts will not be disclosed to anyone except individuals such as editorial staff, reviewers and editors who participate in the initial screening, review, processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication (if accepted).

A manuscript would not be accepted if it has been published or is currently under consideration for publication in any other journals. The authors are required to notify the editorial team if the findings and data in their submissions have been presented in conferences.

 

Authorship

Authorship should be limited to people who have contributed substantially to the work. Authors must indicate their specific contributions to the published work. This information should be listed in the manuscript under the section ‘Author Contribution’. Examples of contributions include: designed research, performed research, contributed new reagents or analytic tools, analyzed data, wrote the paper.

For more information on submission’s format, please refer to the ‘Author Guidelines’ link accessible from the ‘About’ button at the top row of this page.

The corresponding author should be clearly indicated for all manuscripts submitted. A maximum of two corresponding authors are allowed for the responsibilities associated. The corresponding author(s) is responsible for:

  • Obtaining permission from all the authors mentioned in the manuscript
  • Ensuring adherence to all editorial and submission policies and for any communications and actions that may be necessary after publication
  • Including written permission from the authors of the work concerned for any mention of any unpublished material included in the manuscript, e.g. data from manuscripts-in-press, personal communication, or work in preparation. 

 

Conflict of Interest

The author has to provide the authorization of no conflict with any financial body or funding agency that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All authors, members, reviewers and editors must disclose any association that poses a conflict of interest in connection with the manuscript. The corresponding author will be asked to sign a form behalf of all of the authors regarding potential conflicts of interest at the time of acceptance.

 

Plagiarism

The editorial team does not approve of any plagiarism attempts. iThenticate will be utilized at the editor’s discretion to verify the originality of submitted manuscripts. If plagiarism is detected during the review process the manuscript may be rejected pending the severity of plagiarism. Therefore, if a manuscript uses a text copied directly from another source, this text must be written in quotation marks and the original source must be cited.

 

Language

All articles must be written in English — preferably American English. SI units should be used. If you are not a native English speaker, you may want to utilize an external or Whioce Publishing’s optional professional language editing service before submitting the final version.

Whioce Publishing Pte Ltd offers its own professional editing services. By using this service, you can be sure that your English-language manuscript will be polished and ready for submission to your publication of choice at a very reasonable price. For further details about the Language Editing Services, please contact us at academic@whioce.com. Please note that utilizing a language editing service is not a guarantee of acceptance.

 

Advertising Policy

All advertisements are subject to approval to the Publisher. Advertisements must comply with the relevant regulations in the country where the advertisements appears. For more inquiries, please send email to IJB@whioce.com.

 

Data Processing Policy

Authors are expected to have minimum amount of post-acquisition processing of data. In case of processing; alterations must be applied to the entire image (e.g., brightness, contrast, color balance). Any kind of alteration if being done has to be clearly stated in the figure legend and in Methods section.

Grouping of data (e.g., cropping of images of removal of lanes from gels and bolts) must be made apparent and should be explicitly indicated in the appropriate figure legends. Data comparisons should only be made from comparative experiments, and individual data should not be utilized across multiple figures. If inappropriate image/data manipulation is identified after publication, we reserve the right to ask for the original data and, if that is not satisfactory, to issue a correction or retract the paper, as appropriate.

 

Indexing & Archiving

Indexing 

International Journal of Bioprinting (IJB) aims to be indexed by world-recognized databases, for example, PubMed, Scopus and Science Citation Index (SCI). IJB has been indexed by several world class abstracting/indexing databases:

Archiving Service
 
The contents of IJB are archived and preserved by Portico. 

 

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief

Chee Kai ChuaNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

Associate Editors

Wai Yee YeongNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

Editorial Board Members

Aleksandr OvsianikovVienna University of TechnologyAustria
Ali KhademhosseiniHarvard UniversityUnited Kingdom
Boris N. ChichkovLeibniz University of HanoverGermany
Charlotte HauserKing Abdullah University of Science & TechnologySaudi Arabia
Cijun ShuaiCentral South UniversityChina
Dong Jin YooDaejin UniversitySouth Korea
Frederik ClaeyssensUniversity of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
Geun Hyung KimSungkyunkwan UniversitySouth Korea
Giovanni VozziUniversity of PisaItaly
Ibrahim Tarik OzbolatPenn State UniversityUnited States
Jiankang HeXi'an Jiaotong UniversityChina
Lay Poh TanNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
Makoto NakamuraUniversity of ToyamaJapan
Martin BirchallUniversity College LondonUnited Kingdom
Paulo Jorge Da Silva BartoloUniversity of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
Peter DubruelGhent UniversityBelgium
Richard BibbLoughborough UniversityUnited Kingdom
Roger NarayanNorth Carolina State UniversityUnited States
Savas TasogluUniversity of ConnecticutUnited States
Shoufeng YangKatholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven)Belgium
Tal DvirTel Aviv UniversityIsrael
Vladimir MironovCenter for Information Technology Renato ArcherBrazil
Xiaohong WangTsinghua UniversityChina

Assistant Editor

Jia AnNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I find out if my manuscript is within the scope of this journal?

    Answer: To establish whether your paper is suitable for this journal, please read Focus and Scope before submissions.
  2. How do I submit my manuscript to this journal?

    Answer: Registration and login are required to submit manuscript online and to check the status of current submission.
  3. What type of file format can be submitted?

    Answer: The submission file can be submitted in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  4. Is there a word limit for submission to this journal?

    Answer: The length of the manuscript cannot be more than 8000 words.
  5. Do I need to enclose my submission with a cover letter?

    Answer: The cover letter is necessary for each submission. The cover letter should be uploaded as a separate file in Step 4 during the submission. The contents of the cover letter should include brief explanation of what was previously known, the conceptual advancement with the findings and its significance to broad readership. The cover letter will only be visible to the editor. Reviewers will not have access to the cover letter.
  6. Is it essential to suggest reviewers for my manuscript?

    Answer: You can suggest 2 reviewers for your submission. However, the decision of whether to invite them lies with the Editor.
  7. Is there any publication fee charged for papers published in this journal?

    Answer: This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Refer to the Publication Fees tab for more details.

 

Article Processing Charges (APC)

International Journal of Bioprinting is an Open Access Journal under Whioce Publishing. All articles published in International Journal of Bioprinting are accessible electronically from the journal website without commencing any kind of payment. In order to ensure contents are freely available and maintain publishing quality, Article Process Charges (APC) is applicable to all authors who wish to submit their articles to the journal to cover the cost incurred in processing the manuscripts. Such cost will cover the peer-review, copyediting, typesetting, publishing, content depositing and archiving processes. Those charges are applicable only to authors who have their manuscript successfully accepted after peer-review.

Journal TitleAPC
International Journal of BioprintingUSD800

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