The editorial board welcomes you to the inaugural edition of BioNanoMaterials – the official journal of the German Society for Biomaterials. At its outset, biomaterial research was primarily driven by classical polymer chemistry and materials engineering. Since then, biomaterial research has rapidly developed into a multi-disciplinary and multi-scale research area. Therefore, times have changed considerably and BioNanoMaterials, as a follow-up to BIOmaterialien, fosters this spirit to address the international society of biomaterial research.
Bearing in mind that the progress in medical applications is mainly driven by innovative (bio)materials, the journal focuses on the development of such novel materials with a clear perspective to clinical applications. Accordingly, the scientific field of “clinical medicine” leads the way regarding the total number of citations to date, followed by chemistry. Taking citations per paper as an indicator for visibility of the research, the biology-related fields (biology, molecular biology, biochemistry) are the most prolific. Research and engineering on biomaterials and bionanomaterials is often performed at the intersections of these flagship disciplines, so that synergistic effects engendered by the interdisciplinary approach often leads to significant relevance of the published results. This means that research in this field may have an immediate impact. Benchmarked by the average in science, clinical medicine and materials research, without doubt the established biomaterials and bionanomaterials research community is growing at above-average rates, while at the same time harvesting the highest visibility (Figure 1).
You might ask “Why another new journal?” In BioNanoMaterials, we aim to attract manuscript submissions within the wide field of biomaterials. BioNanoMaterials aims to publish novel ground-breaking research of broad interest. Many groups all over the world are performing exciting work on the development and testing of nano- and biomaterials, in particular with rational design focused on clinical application. BioNanoMaterials publishes review articles, highlight articles “mini-reviews” and letters that impact classical disciplines such as biology, medicine, chemistry, physics and engineering.
Rapid publication is more and more essential nowadays to ensure accelerated access to recent research results of exceptional significance. Therefore, papers are published online ahead-of-print directly subsequent to journal acceptance and proof reading by the author, and provision is made for the application procedure at Pubmed as well as the ISI Web of Knowledge. We encourage authors to submit short communications and letters to maintain ongoing scientific discussion.
The editors aim to mirror the multiple facets of biomaterial research. Hereby the primarily responsibilities of the review process are assigned to:
Stephan Barcikowski, for nanoparticles, nanomaterials, and laser-fabricated biomaterials
Stefan Jockenhoevel, for scaffolds in tissue-engineered applications, textile engineering and (cardiovascular) clinical research
Meike Stiesch, for dental implantology/prosthodontics
Katrin Sternberg, for surface modification and polymer science
We hope that you will support us as readers, authors, reviewers and associate editors, so that we can all develop this journal together as a vital exchange platform in BioNanoMaterials.
With best regards and looking forward to your submission