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Submitting Your Manuscript

The goal of Tissue Engineering is to inform its readers of significant developments in areas related to tissue engineering. Tissue Engineering Methods (Part C) presents innovative tools and assays in scaffold development, stem cells, and biologically active molecules to advance the field and to support clinical translation. The journal publishes methods and protocols in life and natural sciences relevant to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. A method manuscript involves a novel research method that has not been published before. A protocol manuscript deals with a method that has already been used successfully in a wide range of experiments.

In order to help defray the costs of processing, the Journal requires a nonrefundable, per-manuscript submission fee of $95.00 USD regardless of final editorial decision.


The submitting author is required to complete the submission using an ORCID identifier. Please visit the ORCID website for more information, or to register.  You must have an account in ScholarOne for Tissue Engineering, Parts A, B, & C before logging in with an ORCID identifier.

Manuscript Submission Site

Create an Account in ScholarOne

If you do not already have an account in ScholarOne for Tissue Engineering, Parts A, B, & C, you will need to create one.  Once you create your account, you may log in to the system to begin your submission.  Each listed author on a submission must either have an account, or have one created, in the submission system.



Check the Journal’s PEER REVIEW POLICIES

The ultimate decision regarding the assignment of manuscripts is left to the discretion of the Editors-in-Chief.  At any time prior to publication, the Editors of Tissue Engineering may reassign an article from one Part of Tissue Engineering to another. Language must conform to acceptable English usage and syntax. The contents must be clear, accurate, coherent, and logical. In accepting, rejecting or reassigning a manuscript to another Part of the journal, the editors will also consider its originality, teaching value, and validity.

Decisions concerning journal assignment, editing, revisions, acceptances, and rejections will be made by the editors. These may include reassigning an article from one Part of Tissue Engineering to another, shortening the article, reducing the number of figures and tables, or changing the format. An accepted article may be published with an accompanying discussion if the editors so desire.

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Manuscript Preparation

Determining Authorship


All authors, including the co-authors, should be responsible for a significant part of the manuscript. All authors and co-authors should have taken part in writing the manuscript, reviewing it, and revising its intellectual and technical content. Any author whose name appears on a manuscript assumes responsibility and accountability for the results.

Submission Process


All Original submissions must contain:

  • An Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval (or waiver) statement in the Methods section
  • Acknowledgments section (if applicable) after the Conclusion of the paper, followed by
  • An Author Contribution statement for each listed author, followed by
  • An Author Disclosure Statement for each author listed on a submission, even if there are no conflicts to disclose, followed by,
  • Funding statement(s), even if there is no funding information to declare.




Note: Just Accepted / Instant Online Publication

Tissue Engineering Methods (Part C) publishes all accepted papers within 72 hours of receipt of all authors' signed copyright agreement forms in their unedited, uncorrected format.  

It is important to note that the information that is published online, and in all indexing services, is pulled directly from the data that is populated into the fields in Manuscript Central – NOT from the manuscript file – when the paper is originally uploaded to the system for peer review.  Consequently, any errors contained in the system will remain on our website and all indexing services, including Medline, until the next revision* of the article is published.  As such, it is critical that authors enter all authors’ names correctly into the system at the time of submission.  Any omissions or errors will remain on our website and in indexing services until the subsequent online version is published.

*The next revision will take place after the corresponding author reviews page proofs, makes any necessary corrections, and returns the changes to the Publisher.  Once the alterations are completed, the revised version will be published on our website, and the newly corrected information will then be released to Medline/PubMed, in addition to any other indexing services in which the Journal is included.

Please note that the typical time between acceptance of a paper and page proof distribution is approximately 4-8 weeks depending on the length and complexity of the paper.

NOTE:  Supplemental Information, if supplied, will NOT be published in the Just Accepted/LION platform, but instead will be published in the Online Now (epub) and final versions of the article. Supplemental Information will not be copyedited or typeset; it will be posted online as supplied.)


All manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations).

When submitting your manuscript for peer review, be prepared to:

  • Enter the full title of the manuscript
  • Enter the full names and institutional affiliations of ALL listed authors
  • Enter ALL listed authors' institutional email addresses
  • Identify the corresponding author
  • Enter a running (abbreviated) title of no more than 50 characters (including spaces).
  • Enter 3–6 keywords or phrases.
  • Provide an unstructured abstract of 100-350 words consisting of factual information and not generalities (the problem investigated, the method used, and experimental data obtained).
  • Provide the names and email addresses of at least five potential preferred reviewers familiar with the field.  Please make sure preferred reviewers are not from your university or institution or with whom you have collaborated.  Anyone whom the author does not want to be considered should also be named as a non-preferred reviewer.   Ultimate reviewer selection is at the Editor’s discretion.
  • Confirm that the material has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere    

Impact Statement

During the submission process, you will be asked to provide an Impact Statement of 100 words or less describing the importance of the presented research and its potential effect on the field. This text must be included within the main text file, immediately following the abstract.

Create an Effective Title

  • Manuscript titles should be brief, contain key terms, and clearly identify the purpose
  • of the work conducted
  • Manuscript titles should not exceed 15 -18 words. Exceptions can be made with the Editor’s approval
  • Manuscript titles should be direct and to the point. Remember that the journal has a global readership, so clear and concise non-vernacular language is most effective
  • Avoid the use of specific locations in the title
  • Do not use proprietary/trademarked names in the title
  • Do not use acronyms in the title unless they are universally recognized and accepted
  • NOTE: The title page of your submission must be included as part of your main text document (not as a separate file).

File Naming

All file names should be in English and contain only alphanumeric characters.  Do not include spaces, symbols, special characters, dashes, dots, or underscores.  Label each file with the first author's last name, followed by the content of the file (i.e.: SmithText; SmithTables; SmithFigureLegends; SmithFig1, etc.)

Important:  Please upload individual files of all manuscript material as described herein — please do NOT upload a combined PDF file containing all material in your submission.  

Preparation of Manuscript

Prepare text of manuscripts, figure legends, and tables in Microsoft Word, double spaced. The order of elements in each manuscript should be:

  • Title page (with full manuscript title, all contributing authors’ names, degrees, and their affiliations [where the work was performed], a short running title, a denotation of the corresponding author, and a list of 3-6 keywords). We require the full mailing address and contact information (telephone and e-mail address for EACH author).
  • Abstract
  • Impact statement
  • Main text (do not embed figures or tables)
  • Conclusion (as a separate paragraph, not as part of the Discussion section)
  • Acknowledgments (if applicable)
  • Authorship confirmation statement (see below)
  • Author(s’) disclosure statement(s) (see below)
  • Funding statement (see below)
  • References
  • Figure legends
  • Tables
  • Supplemental files (if applicable. If the submission is accepted, Supplemental Information will NOT be published in the Just Accepted/LION platform, but instead will be published in the Online Now (epub) and final versions of the article. Supplemental Information will not be copyedited or typeset; it will be posted online as supplied.)   

Manuscript Text

Maximum word count for manuscripts should not exceed 4,000 words. In general, the text should be organized under the headings: Introduction, Method, Experiment, and Discussion. A brief introduction should state the research problem, explain/define why a new method or protocol had to be developed, and justify the need for the new method or protocol with literature references. The method section should explain the methodological approach in a coherent way. In a protocol manuscript, the method section should provide clear instructions for all steps that have to be taken to perform the procedure. It is essential that as much information is provided to allow the reader to use the method or protocol for their own experiment. Furthermore, an accurate list must be provided of all essential equipment, facilities, materials, reagents, etc. that are used.

The method section must be followed by a section titled “Experiment”. This section should provide a description of an experiment in which the method or protocol was used. Care has to be taken that the suitability of the method or protocol is indeed substantiated with experimental data. Depending on the method, controls have to be included in this experiment. For a protocol manuscript, reference has to be made to earlier publications of the author(s), in which the respective protocol was already used successfully.

In the discussion section, additional background information should be provided. How the method or protocol compares with other methods and protocols should be discussed and additional information provided about the possible wider application of the method or protocol. Pitfalls and problems that can be encountered should also be addressed in this section.

Use only standard abbreviations, which can be found in the AMA’s Manual of Style for Authors and Editors, 10th edition or the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style Manual, 8th edition. At first usage, spell out terms and provide abbreviations in parentheses. Thereafter, use only the abbreviations. It is not necessary to spell out standard units of measure. Use generic names for drugs if possible. If you wish to use a proprietary drug name the first time it appears, use the generic name followed by the proprietary name, manufacturer, and location in parentheses.

Statistical Analysis

If a statistical analysis is done, an explanation of how it was performed must be stated at the end of the section preceding the results. Unusual or complex methods of analysis should be referenced.


References must be prepared in Word, double spaced, and numbered consecutively as they are cited in the text (using superscript numbers).  Include the reference section as part of the main text file, not as a separate file. References appearing for the first time in tables and figures must be numbered in sequence with those cited in the text where the table or figure is mentioned. Use journal abbreviations as provided by PubMed/Medline. List all authors when there are six or fewer. When there are more than six authors, list the first three, followed by et al. (not italicized). If references to personal communications or unpublished data are used, they are not to be in the list of references. They should be referred to in the text in parentheses: (AB Jones, personal communication). Include among the references any articles that have been accepted but have not yet published; identify the name of publication and add "In Press." If the reference has been published online, provide the DOI number in place of the page range.

Sample style for references:

    Journal article:

Patel JM, Wise BC, Bonnevie ED, Mauck RL. A systematic review and guide to mechanical testing for articular cartilage tissue engineering. Tissue Eng Part C Methods 2019;25:593-608.  


Volume and edition numbers, and the name of the translator should be included when appropriate.

Al’Aref SJ, Mosadegh B, Dunham S, Min JK, eds. 3D Printing Applications in Cardiovascular Medicine. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press, an imprint of Elsevier; 2018.

    Chapter in a book:  

Jung B, Theato P. Chemical strategies for the synthesis of protein–polymer conjugates. In: Schlaad H, ed. Bio-Synthetic Polymer Conjugates. Advances in Polymer Science, Vol. 253. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg; 2012, pp. 37-70.


Krauss EM, Moore AM, Agenor A, Mackinnon SE. Short-term outcomes of the nerve “dwindling” procedure using long processed nerve allograft in recurrent lower extremity neuroma. Abstract presented at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ, 2016. Abstract no. 38.

Figure Legends

Figure legends should be uploaded as a separate Word file and double spaced. In the legend, provide explanations for any abbreviations, arrows, etc. that appear in the figure. Legends for photomicrographs should identify the stain and state the magnification. If the illustration is taken from a copyrighted publication, permission must be secured, appropriate credit must be given in the legend, and a corresponding reference must appear in the reference section. The copyright holder’s letter of permission should be submitted to Tissue Engineering upon submission.


All tables should be prepared in one single Word file. Provide a title for each table. Cite tables in sequence in the text. Explain abbreviations used in the body of the table in footnotes. If the table is taken from a copyrighted publication, permission must be secured, appropriate credit must be given in the legend, and a corresponding reference must appear in the reference section. The copyright holder’s letter of permission should be submitted to Tissue Engineering upon submission.


  • Submission of high resolution .TIFF or .EPS figure files is strongly recommended.
  • Figures should not be embedded within the manuscript file.
  • Cite figures consecutively in text within parentheses.
  • A legend should be supplied for each figure and all legends numbered consecutively.
  • Images should not show the name of a patient or a manufacturer.  
  • Do not include any illustrations as part of your text file.

Because of space limitations, the authors should be frugal with their illustrations. Occasional exceptions will be made for prize-winning essays, collective reviews, solicited material, or special works.

Authors are encouraged to submit outstanding color photographs for possible use as cover art. Photos should be submitted in two sizes: 8½ x 11'' or slightly larger for the cover, and at the size it will appear at in the published article. For further information about submitting cover art, please contact the Editorial Office.

Correspondence Address

Following the references, provide the name and complete affiliation and institutional email address of the person to whom correspondence should be sent.

Manuscript Revisions

To upload a revision of a manuscript, the submitting author should log in to their Author Center and click on “Revised Manuscripts in Draft.” All revised submissions will be required to meet all formatting conditions described herein. Submissions that do not satisfy these requirements will be un-submitted and returned to the submitting author for proper configuration.

Journal Policies on:

Licensing Information: OPEN ACCESS and Copyright
Data Sharing and Preprint Policies
Post-Acceptance and Post-Publication Policies
Correction Statements / Retractions
Reprints, Permissions, & Social Media Use
Plagiarism Detection Software
Definitions of Scientific Misconduct
Responding to Allegations of Scientific Misconduct
Press Embargo Policy
Publication Costs
Archiving and Preservation
Publisher Information

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