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Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law

Editor-in-Chief: Sutton, Victoria

Ed. by Sherwin, Brie

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    Aims and Scope

    The Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law (JBBBL) offers both a legal and scientific perspective on current issues concerning bioterrorism, public health and safety, and national security. Edited by an international board of leading scholars from all the continents, our journal is aware that bioterrorism related issues are global problems. Our goal is to develop a unique international community of legal scholars, scientists and policy experts who will address current issues in these fields.

    In working with both the legal and scientific community, we have identified a need for enhanced communication and research between lawmakers and biodefense researchers and safety officers concerning regulations governing Select Agents, and a knowledge gap in the fields of biosafety, biosecurity and biodefense law. This journal bridges that gap by creating a timely, peer-reviewed forum available to the legal community, healthcare professionals, biodefense researchers, scientists and biosafety officers.

    Submission is welcome from all over the world from both the scientific and legal community. Submitted articles will be evaluated for possible publication according to their topical relevance and the importance of their contribution to scholarship. In support of the timely nature of this material, articles are published very quickly upon acceptance.


    Type of Publication:

    The Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law (JBBBL) publishes cutting-edge, scholarly work covering legal and scientific issues in the areas of biosafety, biosecurity, and biodefense law, from both a domestic and international perspective. JBBBL addresses the need for collaboration among scientists, government, health care professionals and law in protecting national security interests, public health, and safety. The emerging fields of biosecurity, biosafety and biodefense continue to grow as topics of great legal and public interest. JBBBL promotes legal education and knowledge to better prepare our lawyers, scientists, researchers, and safety officers to deal with future issues of national security, safety, and the health of our communities. Edited by an international board of leading scholars, our goal is to foster a unique international community of legal scholars, scientists and policy experts.

    Questions about submissions can be directed to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Victoria Sutton, at vickie.sutton@ttu.edu.

    Publication History

    Annual, updated continuously
    Content available since 2011 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
    ISSN: 2154-3186

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors


    This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered for publication. 

    The manuscript submission and review process is handled through ScholarOne Manuscripts. All manuscripts should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dgjbbbl.


    Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission.

    Copyright: Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law. Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyright holders.


    The ScholarOne system has been designed to improve the scholarly publication process for authors. Among the many improvements we offer over traditional journals, the most significant is that we have dramatically shortened the period between the initial submission and the final publication of a peer-reviewed article. Much of this time savings is due to the innovative use of electronic publication. These innovations, however, require certain changes in the way authors need to prepare accepted manuscripts for electronic publication.

    De Gruyter does provide a light copyedit of manuscripts for this journal, but authors remain responsible for being their own copyeditors.


    All manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English.  If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may wish to employ—at your expense—the services of a professional language editor.

    Please get in touch with the Language Editors directly to discuss details. 

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    • Steve Peter
    Areas of expertise: LaTeX, Linguistics, economics, mathematics 

    • Manuscripts should be submitted as Word, docx, rtf, or LaTex files
    • If your manuscript contains special characters, equations, etc. please make sure to also supply a PDF version as a reference file. This will be used to ensure any formatting issues introduced during the submission process can be corrected accurately.
    • Write your article in English
    • Use the following document structure:
    1. Introduction (titling this section is optional)
    2. Subsequent sections which include tables, references to figures and figure captions.
    3. Appendices (if any).
    4. Explanation of symbols mentioned in the text.
    5. References - Include a proper bibliography following the guidelines in the References section below.
    6.  Please supply figures in separate files, not embedded in the text. Please see the “Tables, Figures, and Graphs” section below for more detailed instructions regarding figure submission.


    • Book reviews must start with the citation of the book at the top of the first page.


    For authors working with LaTeX files, please see the related files and documentation at http://www.degruyter.com/staticfiles/pdfs/DeGruyter_LaTeX_template_package.zip, including a template for author use and instructions for working with the files.


    • Only use Unicode fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial)


    • Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. De Gruyter encourages authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, images, and graphs. However, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black and white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.


    • To indicate text you wish to emphasize, use italics rather than underlining. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.
    • Foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.
    • Titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.


    The use of abbreviations and acronyms is permitted provided they are defined the first time they are used.


    Headings (e.g., title of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text:
    • Clearly indicate the heading hierarchy.
    • Be consistent in whether or not you use headline case, or you capitalize the first word and leave the rest in lower-case.

    • Footnotes must appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper.
    • Excessively long footnotes are better handled in an appendix.


    General requirements: All illustrations must be of reproduction-ready quality and in EPS, TIF, or JPG format. They will be reduced in size to fit, whenever possible, the width of a single column. Lettering of all figures within the article should be uniform in style (preferably a sans serif typeface like Helvetica) and of sufficient size (ca. 8 pt.).Uppercase letters A, B, C, etc. should be used to identify parts of multi-part figures. Cite all figures in the text in numerical order. Indicate the approximate placement of each figure. Do not embed figures within the text body of the manuscript; submit figures in separate files. Only figures (graphs, line drawings, photographs, etc) should be labeled as ‘figures’, not tables or equations.                        
    Halftone figures (grayscale and color) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be of good contrast. Authors are welcome to submit color illustrations. We are pleased to offer both Print and Online publication of color figures free of charge.the services of a professional language editor.
    Line drawings must be of reproduction-ready quality. Please note that faint shading may be lost upon reproduction. When drawing bar graphs, use patterning instead of grey scales. Lettering of all figures should be uniform in style. A resolution of 1200 dpi is recommended.
    Figure legends: Provide a short descriptive title and a legend to make each figure self-explanatory on separate pages. Explain all symbols used in the figures. Remember to use the same abbreviations as in the text body.
    Permissions: It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce original or modified material that has been previously published.  Any permissions fees are the responsibility of the author(s).
    Offprints: The electronic files of typeset articles in Adobe Acrobat PDF format are provided free of charge; corresponding authors receive notification that their article has been published online. Paper offprints can be ordered in addition; an offprint order form will accompany the page proofs and should be completed and returned with the corrected proofs immediately.
    • Please do not embed figures in the text. Instead, they should be referenced in the text and submitted in separate files.
    • Number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals. Tables should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Provide a short descriptive title, column headings, and (if necessary) footnotes to make each table self-explanatory. Refer to tables in the text as Table 1, 2, etc. Use Table 1, etc. in the table legends.
    • Tables must not be displayed as images.


    • Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables must be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Subscripts and superscripts must be a smaller font size than the main text.
    • Type short mathematical expressions inline.
    • Longer expressions must appear as display math, as must expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as fractions).
    • Ensure that Equations are typed or created with a plug-in, such as Word Formula Editor or MathType. Mathematical expressions must not be displayed as images
    • Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.
    • Number your equations sequentially.
    • Insert a blank line before and after each equation.
    • Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, make sure to be consistent in this.
    • When proofing your document, pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other-than-standard fonts.


    Please use footnotes rather than endnotes. Footnotes should conform to the The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th Edition, and The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style, 2nd Edition.

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    Editorial Information

    Chief Editor
    Victoria Sutton, MPA, PhD, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Managing Editor
    Brie Sherwin, MS, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Professional Associate Editors
    Jeffery Addicott, St. Mary's University School of Law

    Maurizio Barbeschi, PhD, World Health Organization

    Cory Davenport, PhD, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland

    Robert Cook Deegan, Duke University

    Susan A. Ehrlich, J.D., LL.M., National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB)

    David P. Fidler, PhD, MPhil, BCL, IU Center on American and Global Security

    Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, Georgetown University Law Center

    I. Michael Greenberger, JD, University of Maryland School of Law

    Gregory D. Koblentz, PhD, George Mason University

    Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack, PhD, United Nations

    Kimberly Schuenke, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch

    Annette Sobel, M.D., M.S., FAAFP, FAsMA, P.E., Executive for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Strategic Health Security Initiatives, Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

    David H. Walker, MD, University of Texas Medical Branch

    Volume 5 Student Executive Board
    Joel Aldrich, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, J.D. Candidate (2015)

    Alexandria Dover, Executive Managing Editor, J.D. Candidate (2014)

    Andrew Wipke, Lead Articles Editor, J.D./M.P.A Candidate (2013)

    Grace Preston, Organizational Development Manager, J.D. Candidate (2015)

    Volume 5 Student Editors
    Anna Hart, JD Candidate 2014

    Jessica Klaus, JD Candidate 2013

    Neha Casturi, JD Candidate 2013

    Josh Leamons, JD Candidate 2014

    Charly Rupprecht, JD Candidate 2014

    Priya Sivaraman, JD/MBA Candidate 2014

    William Wells, JD Candidate 2014

    Kristen Beltran, JD Candidate 2015

    Charles Carver, JD Candidate 2015

    Neel Gandhi, JD Candidate 2015

    Theda Strickler, JD Candidate 2015

    Ashley Tseung, JD Candidate 2015

    Jennifer Wissinger, JD Candidate 2015

    Editors-in-Chief Emeriti
    Jeff Mustin, J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, Vol. 1 Editor-in-Chief

    James Garrett, J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, Vol. 2 Editor-in-Chief

    Marshall Meringola, J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, Vol. 3 Editor-in-Chief

    J. Austin Franklin, J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, Vol. 4 Editor-in-Chief

    Past Associate Student Editors
    Mikela Bryant, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Lisa Danley, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Christopher Jackson, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Laci Lawrence, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Bradley Carlson, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Shane Bebout, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Heather Carson, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Jessica Haseltine, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Chris Mahaffey, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Marissa Marino, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Zachary Noblitt, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

    Greg Whitley, JD, Texas Tech University School of Law

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