Information For Authors
- Manuscript Submission Guidelines
- Author Benefits Program
- Open Access Policy
- NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies
- Self-Archiving Policy
The goal of Tissue Engineering is to inform its readers of significant developments in areas related to tissue engineering. This Journal provides a forum for responsible discussion among identified individuals. Significant papers on any aspect of tissue engineering are invited for publication.
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.
Manuscripts must be submitted online using the following url: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ten
Please read all the instructions to authors before submitting.
The ultimate decision regarding 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.
Manuscripts should not exceed approximately 4,000 words. 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. To facilitate a quick review of manuscripts, authors are encouraged to suggest names of five potential reviewers with complete contact information when the manuscript is submitted.
For further information about editorial questions on papers in the online peer-review process, please contact TEeditor@rice.edu.
For technical information on using Manuscript Central, contact AuthorServices@liebertpub.com
To defray the cost of production, page charges for this journal are set at $95.00 USD per typeset page. Nonpayment of page charges may result in a delay in publication. Note: Costs for publishing images in color are a separate fee and are not included in the page charge total. (Contact AuthorBenefits@liebertpub.com for more information on color publication.)
Manuscript Submission and Review
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 paper, reducing the number of illustrations and tables, or changing format. An accepted paper may be published with an accompanying discussion if the editors so desire.
Manuscripts should be submitted with the understanding that they have neither been published, nor are under consideration for publication elsewhere, except in the form of an abstract. Prior abstract publications should be described in the form of a footnote to the title. Published manuscripts become the sole property of the Journal and will be copyrighted. By submitting a paper to the Journal, the author (or authors) agrees to each of the above conditions. In addition, the author (or authors) explicitly assigns any copyrighted ownership he/she (or they) may have in such paper to the Journal.
Preparation of Manuscripts
All submissions to Tissue Engineering [Parts A, B (Reviews), or C (Methods)] must have a title of 100 characters or less. All manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word. Please do not include or embed figures or illustrations within the main text document. Figures should be supplied in separate files, be clearly labeled, and should be in TIFF or EPS formats. Tables should be submitted in Word, not in a PDF. Please see the Illustrations section for further details on art submission.
Part C (Methods) 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.
All text in all submissions must be double-spaced, including text, footnotes, references, and figure legends. Text references must be supplied in sequence for all tables and figures. The title page should carry the full paper title, followed by all authors’ names, degrees, and where the work was performed. We require the full mailing address and contact information (telephone and e-mail address for EACH author). Please indicate the corresponding author.
An abstract should accompany every original paper. The abstract should appear on a separate page following the title page, and should be at least 150, but not more than, 350 words. It should consist of factual information and not generalities (the problem investigated, the method used, the results obtained, and the conclusions reached). A brief introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, author disclosures, and reference sections should follow. At the conclusion of the references, the name and complete address of the corresponding author should be listed. Abstracts for Methods (Part C) submissions should consist of factual information and not generalities (the problem investigated, the method(s) used, and experimental data obtained).
Methods (Part C) submissions should explain the methodological approach in a coherent way. In a protocol manuscript, the method section provides clear instructions for all steps that have to be taken to perform the procedure. Always, as much information is provided that allows the reader to use the method or protocol for their own experiment. Further, an accurate list must be provided of all essential equipment, facilities, materials, reagents, etc., that are used.
The method section of Methods (Part C) submissions must be followed by a section titled “experiment.” This section provides 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 more background information should be provided, and how the method or protocol contributes compares with other methods and protocols and additional information provided about the possible wider application of the method or protocol. Pitfalls and problems that can be encountered belong too in this section.
Finally, all submissions to Parts A, B, and C must be concluded with acknowledgements (if appropriate), author disclosure statements for all listed authors, and a complete list of references, prepared according to journal style.
Correspondence, letters to the editors, and brief communications are published at the discretion of the editors as space permits. They should be double-spaced, and must not exceed 500 words in length and contain no more than one (1) table OR figure, with a maximum of four (4) references.
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. The placement of this text must be included within the main text file, immediately following the abstract.
INSTANT ONLINE PUBLICATION
The Journal publishes all accepted papers within 72 hours of acceptance 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.
The next revision will take place after the corresponding author sees 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.
The references must be double-spaced and must be cited in the text in numerical order, not alphabetically. References to journal papers should include (1) author(s) -- list the first six authors, follwed by et al., (2) title, (3) journal name (as abbreviated in Medline), (4) volume number, (5) the first page number, and (6) year, in that order. References to books should include (1) author(s), (2) chapter title (if any), (3) editor (if any), (4) title of book, (5) city of publication, (6) publisher, (7) year, and (8) page range. Volume and edition numbers, and name of translator should be included when appropriate. The author is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references.
See the following samples:
(Journal) Langer, R., and Vacanti, J.P. Tissue engineering. Science 260, 920, 1993.
(Book chapter) Fung, Y.C.B. Stress-strain history relations of soft tissues in simple elongation. In: Fung, U.C.B., Perone, N., and Anliker, M., eds. Biomechanics: Its Foundations and Objectives. Englewood Clifts, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc., 1972, pp. 181–208.
(Book) Crank, J. The Mathematics of Diffusion. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975.
(Other) Wong, L. Changes in intrinsic mechanical properties of articular cartilage using indentation tests of unstable knees [M.S. thesis]. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 1995.
(Abstract) Acarturk, T.O., Petrosko, P., Johnson, P.C., and DiMilla, P.A. Biomaterial-driven control of myoblast morphology, growth and attachment on silonized substrates. Abstract presented at the Tissue Engineering Society Meeting, Orlando, FL, 1996. Abstract no. xxx.
Abbreviate journal names according to the style of Medline.
If a statistical analysis is done, an explanation of how it was performed must be stated at the end of the section preceding results. Unusual or complex methods of analysis should be referenced.
Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled ‘‘Author Disclosure Statement.’’ This text must be part of your actual mansucript file.
In this portion of the paper, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the paper is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision.
Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at http://www.icmje.org/index.html#conflicts for further guidance.
If no conflicts exist, the authors must state ‘‘No competing financial interests exist.’’
Please follow these guidelines for submitting figures:
- Do NOT embed art files into a Word or PDF document. Figures provided in this format cannot be used for production purposes.
- Line illustrations should be submitted at 600 dpi.
- Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
- Save as either TIFF or EPS files. JPEG files are for screen representation-quality only and will print very poorly during the printing process. To ensure proper print quality, please submit only TIFF or EPS files.
- Color art must be saved as CYMK—not RGB. (NB: If RGB files are submitted, the files will be converted to CYMK and some color variation will occur.)
- Black and white art must be submitted as grayscale—not RGB.
- Do NOT submit PowerPoint, PDF, Bitmap, or Excel figure or table files. When naming your figure and table files, please label them with the main author’s last name, followed by a period (.), and then list the figure number. Ex: Smith.Fig1; Smith.Table1. Label figures and tables inside the files in addition to naming the file with the figure or table number. (i.e., When figures or table files are opened, the figure or table number should appear inside the file.)
Additional Information about Converting Figure Files:
Converting Word or Excel files: Perhaps the best and easiest way to convert Word or Excel files into a format which is suitable for print is to scan them using the below guidelines:
- ll files should be scanned at 100% size
- 300 dpi
- Final color mode: CMYK
- Save file as: .tif or .eps
If you need directions on how to convert a PowerPoint slide to acceptable format go to: www.liebertpub.com/MEDIA/pdf/ppconvert.pdf
Legends are required for illustrations. They should be brief and pertinent. Legends for photomicrographs should identify the stain and state the magnification.
Please keep in mind that the figures will be reduced, so please do not submit large figures/graphs that contain small type, as the text within the figure will not be readable after reduction.
PUBLISHING FIGURES IN COLOR
Costs for publishing images in color are based on the number of figures and pages in a typeset article. Please contact AuthorBenefitsProgram@liebertpub.com for estimates on printing, and for options on discounted services.
Prepare all figure legends in one Word file and upload the file as under the category, "Figure Legends" from the pull-down menu.
Each table should be prepared in its own separate Word file (do not include all tables in one file). Include a table title at the top of each table. Include any and all footnotes or abbreviation definitions at the end of each table. Upload each table under the category, "Table" in the pull-down menu.
Please upload individual files of all manuscript material—do NOT upload a single PDF file containing all text, figure, and table files of your paper. Once all individual files are uploaded on to Manuscript Central, the system will automatically create a single PDF proof for you and the peer-review process.
IMAGES FOR USE ON THE JOURNAL COVER
Authors are encouraged to submit outstanding color photographs for possible use as cover art. Photos should be submitted in two sizes: 8½ 11'' or slightly larger for the cover, and at the size it will appear at in the published paper. For further information about submitting cover art, please contact TEeditor@rice.edu.
Illustrations taken from other publications must be acknowledged by a complete credit line in the legend. The copyright holder’s letter of permission should be submitted to Tissue Engineering upon submission.
An e-mail containing a link to the PDF file of the page proof is sent to the corresponding author. The proof should be read carefully and returned promptly to the publisher with the author’s approval and/or corrections.
Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher. Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.
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