Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials

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Edited By: Jeremy L. Gilbert

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 16/33 (Materials Science Biomaterials); 17/76 (Engineering Biomedical)

Online ISSN: 1552-4981

Associated Title(s): Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A

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Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials

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Aims and Scope

Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials is anofficial journal of the Society for Biomaterials, the Japanese Society forBiomaterials, the Australasian Society for Biomaterials, and the KoreanSociety for Biomaterials. It is a peer-reviewed journals serving the needs ofbiomaterials professionals who devise, promote, apply , regulate produce, andmarket new biomaterials and medical devices. Papers are published on devicedevelopment, implant retrieval and analysis, manufacturing, regulation ofdevices, liability and legal issues, standards, reviews of different deviceareas, and clinical applications. Published manuscript fit into one of sixcategories: original research reports, clinical device-related articles, shortresearch and development reports, review, special report, or columns andeditorials. Manuscripts from all countries are invited but must be in English.Authors are not required to be members of a Society for Biomaterials.

Types of Articles Considered for Publication

Original Research Reports: Full-length papers consisting of complete anddetailed descriptions of a research problem, the experimental approach, thefindings, and appropriate discussion. Findings should represent significantnew additions to knowledge.

Clinical Device-Related Articles: Full-length papers addressingsuch issues as material processing, device construction, regulatorymatters,clinical trials, and device retrieval.

Reviews: Scholarly and critical topic-oriented reviews thatpresent a state-of-the-art view. While most reviews are solicited, personsinterested in contributing may contact the Editor.

Special Reports: Reports of special topic-oriented symposia,deviceretrieval protocols, or other special reports not described in the abovecategories, yet of interest to the applied biomaterials research anddevelopment community. Potential contributors should contact the Editor beforesubmitting special reports.

Columns and Editorials: While columns and guest editorials arepreponderantly solicited, persons interested in becoming columnists orcontributing editorials are encouraged to contact the Editor.

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Online Submission:
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Upon Acceptance: Manuscript files will now automatically be sentto the publisher for production. It is imperative that files be in the correctformat to avoid a delay in the production schedule.

JBMR Part B has adopted a policy that requires authors to make a statement concerning potential conflict of interest relating to theirsubmitted articles. The Editorial Board asks authors of original reports andreviews to disclose, at the time of submission: (1) any financial oremployment arrangements they may have with a company whose product figuresprominently in the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competitiveproduct; and (2) any grants or contracts from a government agency, a nonprofitfoundation, or a company supporting the preparation of the manuscript or thedescribed research. This information will be available to the reviewers of themanuscript. If the article is accepted for publication, the editor willdiscuss with the authors the manner in which such information may becommunicated to the reader.

At the time of submission, JBMR Part B asks authors to certify that all animals utilized in their research were cared for according to thepolicies and principles established by the Animal Welfare Act and the NIHGuide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.

Review Process: All original reports and reviews receive criticalreview by at least two reviewers with expertise in the major subject area ofthe paper. Reviewers may recommend "Acceptance as is," "Acceptance withmodification," or "Rejection." If modification is required, the manuscript isreturned to the author(s). The revised manuscript is then re-reviewed by theoriginal reviewers, and even re-revised if necessary. Differences in opinionare resolved by submission either to a third reviewer or the Editor.


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Please be sure to submit your illustrations and tables as separate files;the system will automatically create a pdf file of your paper for thereviewers.

Original research and short reports should appear in the followingorder:title page (including authors and affiliations), abstract,keywords,introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion,acknowledgments,references, figure legends. Number pages consecutivelystarting with the titlepage as page 1. Abbreviations must conform to thoselisted in Council ofBiology Editors' CBE Style Manual, 5th Edition.

When mentioning a material, chemical reagent, instrument, orotherproduct, use the generic name only. If further identification(proprietaryname, manufacturer's name and address) is absolutely required,list it inparentheses.

Title Page: List the full title of the paper andeachauthor's full name (first name, middle initial(s), surname),department,institution, city, and state (and country if other than the UnitedStates).Indicate the name and address of the author to whom reprint requests should besent.

Abstract and Keywords: Include an abstract of about200words maximum summarizing the aims, findings, and conclusions of thepaper.Below the abstract, list five keywords or phrases that best characterizethesubject matter of the manuscript.

Running Heads: Supply a short title of no more than65characters, including spaces and punctuations, to be used for runningheadcopy.

References: Number references consecutively as they appear in the text.Materialaccepted for publication but not yet published may be listed intheReferences, but unpublished observations, personal communications,andmaterial submitted for publication but not yet accepted should becitedparenthetically within the text (and not included among thenumberedreferences). Style references entries using the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual, 5th Edition formats:
For journal articles:
Alexander A, Green WS. Total hip replacements: A second look. JSocBiomater 1989;45:345–366.
For books/chapters:
Ricci JL, Guichet J-M. Total hip replacement: A third look.CindraAB, Franklin DE, editors. State of the art orthopaedics, vol 3, Hips.NewYork: Wiley; 1988:56–59.
For abstracts:
Davidson GRH. Total hip replacement: A fifth look. TransABCS1987;22-341–345.
For presentations:
Goodenough T. Total hip replacement: A sixth look. Presented atthe3rd Annu Mtg Orthop Res Soc, Boston, December 5–7, 1989.

Figure Legends: Please supply complete captions for allfigures.Captions are to appear on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.

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A legend must be provided for each illustration and must defineallabbreviations used therein. Legends should be placed at the end ofthemanuscript text file.

Color Illustrations: Color figures are generally printedinthe Journal at the author’s expense. The published will provide costestimatesprior to printing. A limited number of color figures that are ofcriticalimportance and that significantly enhance the presentation will beconsideredfor publication at the publisher’s expense subject toeditorialrecommendation. Final decision on publication of color figures willbe at thediscretion of the Editor. All color figures will be reproduced infull colorin the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Forbestreproduction, bright, clear colors should be used. Dark colors against a dark background do not reproduce well; please place your color images againstawhite background wherever possible.

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