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Materials and Surfaces for Biocompatible Systems

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    Materials and Surfaces for Biocompatible Systems are considered new advanced materials or surface-substrate systems having mechanical, tribo-corrosion, chemical, biological and/or functional properties that cannot be achieved from the individual components alone. The goal of the Materials and Surfaces for Biocompatible Systems (MSBS) journal is to cover topics that include one keyword in at least two of the following categories:

    • Materials and surfaces, including:
      • Structural materials, i.e. metals, polymers, glasses, ceramics, composites, bio-hybrid, cellularised, biological, decellularised, and others.
      • Coatings and thin films, including hard, soft or multilayered from synthetic or biological inspiration or bio-hybrid
      • Surface modifications, including diffusion treatments and ion implantation
      • Duplex systems: diffusion followed by a coating
      • Interfaces of any nature on any materials
      • Alternative processes for fabricating and developing new materials, surfaces and interfaces with unique properties, including bioprinting, additive manufacturing, laser-based, electroformed, or other techniques
      • others
    • Medical and health applications
      • Implants, medical devices, biomaterials for diseased tissue replacement
      • Biomaterials designed to be used in any classes of clinical applications, including orthopedic, cardiac, vascular, ophthalmic, dental, wound healing, neurological, and other systems
      • Structures and scaffolds for tissue regeneration and regenerative medicine, including 2D, 3D and even 4D tissue engineering, injectable applications, and others
      • Next generation of therapies, including cell-based therapies, drug and gene-delivery, injectable systems
      • Bioreactor-based cycles for maturing cellularised constructs, including their optimisation, sequencing also related to the expected biological activity of cells and the behavior of the materials involved in the process
      • Others
    • Biocompatibile systems, intended as materials interfacing specific the host biological environment in which they are implanted. The materials and its environment cannot be dissociated, and this in view of:
      • Biological performances assessment at short, medium or long term
      • In vitro testing, including hemo-compatibility, direct contact, elution, agar, and other related tests
      • In vivo studies, including animal model development
      • Ex vivo tests
      • Pre-clinical and clinical studies, and especially transational research
      • Advanced in vitro models alternative to animal tests
      • Mechanical, visco-elastic, cyclic, chemical, tribo-corrosion, degradation and corrosion studies including those linked with biological tests

    Aims and Scope

    Why submit 

    The Journal of MSBS is devoted to publish constructive peer-reviewed, open access, cutting-edge articles from a wide range of related research fields in a fast-tracking online system. It aims to be a research platform where worldwide researchers can submit and/or follow the latest developments in this fast multi- and interdisciplinary growing field. We offer:

    • No publication charge for articles published in the first two volumes
    • Unique journal in this emerging area
    • Excellent multi- and interdisciplinary articles
    • Fast and trusted review by at least three independent peers
    • Open access
    • Fast article processing, editing and online publishing
    • Direct contact with journal editor (JE)
    • Publication under various forms
    • High quality and cutting-edge articles together with a committed dynamic and  worldwide-spread Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) insure journal's promotion and high visibility/dissemination
    • Free language correction services to non-native English speaking authors


    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors


    Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal via email to the Editorial Office of this journal at msbs.editorial@degruyteropen.com.
    Manuscript submitted to this journal should:

    • contain original work - not published elsewhere in any medium (in the whole or in part) by the authors or anyone else and not under consideration for publication in any other medium,
    • focus on the aims and scope of the journal,
    • be clearly and correctly written - should contain all essential features of a scientific publication that is easy to understand for the target audience,
    • written in English - attention to detail of the language will avoid severe misunderstandings which might lead to rejection of the paper,
    • be delivered in electronic format.

    The journal publishes:

    • Research Articles,
    • Communications and Rapid Communications,
    • Reviews and Mini-Reviews,
    • Commentaries,
    • Letters to the Editor and Amendments.

    Formatting Requirements
    Our contributors are asked to make sure their submissions comply with rules governing the formatting. Although the journal can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to deliver a properly formatted electronic version of the article.

    We accept submission of text, tables and figures as separate files or as a composite file. For your initial submission, we recommend you upload your entire manuscript, including tables and figures, as a single PDF file. If you are invited to submit a revised manuscript, please provide us with individual files: an editable text and publication-quality figures.

    • Text files can be submitted in the following formats: MS Word - standard DOCUMENT (.DOC) or RICH TEXT FORMAT (.RTF); PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below),
    • Tables should be submitted as MS Word or PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below). Please note that a straight Excel file is not an acceptable format,
    • Graphics files can be submitted in any of the following graphic formats: EPS; BMP; JPG; TIFF; GIF or PDF. Please note that Powerpoint files are not accepted.

    Authors should clearly indicate location of tables and figures in the text if these elements are given separately or at the end of the manuscript. If this information is not provided to the editorial office, we will assume that they should be left at the end of the text.

    It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript. Please explain why you consider your manuscript as suitable for publication in Materials and Surfaces for the Biocomatible Systems, why will your paper inspire the other members of your field, and how will it drive research forward.

    The letter should contain all important details such as:

    • your full name (submitted by),
    • full title of article and short title,
    • full list of authors with affiliations,
    • e-mail of the corresponding author,
    • contact address, telephone/fax numbers of the corresponding author,
    • number of attached files, if there is more than one,
    • status: new, reviewed or accepted (with reference ID if reviewed or accepted).

    Cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal. If related work has been submitted, then we may require a preprint to be made available. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the overlap between the related submissions.

    Manuscripts that have been previously rejected, or withdrawn after being returned for modification, may be resubmitted if the major criticisms have been addressed. The cover letter must state that the manuscript is a resubmission, and the former manuscript number should be provided.

    To ensure fair and objective decision-making, authors must declare any associations that pose a conflict of interest in connection with evaluated manuscripts (see Editorial Policy for details). Authors may suggest up to two referees not to use and in such cases additional justification should be provided in the cover letter. Authors are encouraged to recommend up to five reviewers who are not members of their institution(s) and have never been associated with them or their laboratory(ies); please provide contact information for suggested reviewers. The Editors reserve the right to select expert reviewers at their discretion.  For further instructions, please carefully follow the guidelines described in Instructions for Authors.

    Open Access License
    Authors have to sign an Open Access License that is available on the webpage. We encourage the authors to send the signed license along with the manuscript. Please note, that no article will be published unless the Open Access License is signed.

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    Editorial Information

    Journal Editor
    Diego Mantovani, Laval University, Canada

    Associate Editor
    Roger Narayan, North Carolina State University, USA
    Krasimir Vasilev, University of South Australia, Australia
    Kelvin Yeung, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
    Hakan Engqvist, Uppsala University, Sweden
    Joseph Buhagiar, University of Malta, Malta
    Ketul Popat, Colorado State University, USA
    Marisa Beppu, University of Campinas, Brazil
    Yasuharu Ohgoe, Tokyo Denki University, Japan

    Editorial Advisory Board
    Paul K Chu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Haifeng Chen, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Shanghai Center for Bioinformation Technology, China
    Y. Murat Elcin, Ankara University, Turkey
    Marta R Fontanilla, National University of Colombia, Colombia
    Pedro L. Granja, Universidade do Porto Rua do Campo Alegre, Portugal
    Irena Gotman, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
    Vasif Hasirci, BIOMATEN, METU Center of Excellence in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Turkey
    Norbert Hort, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
    C. James Kirkpatrick, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany
    Gaétan Laroche, Université Laval, Canada
    Didier Letourneur, CNRS - INSERM, France
    Geetha Manivasagam, VIT University, India
    Mitsuo Niinomi, Tohoku University, Japan
    Vassilios Sikavitsas, University of Oklahoma, USA
    Mark Staiger, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
    Regine Willumeit-Römer, Hemholz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Germany
    Frank Witte, Julius Wolff Institut and Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies, Charite - Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Germany
    Yufeng Zheng, Peking University, China
    Jack Zhou, Drexel University, USA

    Assistant Editors
    Francesca Boccafoschi, University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy
    Ângela Maria Moraes, UNICAMP - Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

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    Editorial Contact
    Dr. Anna Rulka

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