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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.

Language must conform to acceptable English usage and syntax. The contents must be clear, accurate, coherent, and logical. In accepting or rejecting a manuscript, 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. Because of a change in our submission procedure, we now only accept electronic versions of the manuscript with tables, figures and captions. To facilitate a quick review of manuscripts, authors are encouraged to suggest names of five potential referees with complete contact information and send in one PDF file of the manuscript, figures and tables after receiving the manuscript number and information by email. To initiate the submission use the online submission form on this webpage.

Manuscript Submission and Review

To help defray the cost of printing, the publisher requests that page charges of $60 per printed page be paid by all authors who have funds available from research grants or from their institutions. It should be noted that ability to pay page charges is not a prerequisite for publication in the Journal.

Decisions concerning editing, revisions, acceptances, and rejections will be made by the editors. Editing may include 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 an 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

Manuscripts must be typewritten and double spaced on 81/2 X 11-inch (22 x 28-cm) white bond paper, with 1-inch (2.5-cm) margins. All copy must be double spaced, including text, footnotes, references, legends, and tables. Text references must be supplied in sequence for all tables and figures. Supply figure legends and tables on separate pages at end of paper.

The title page should carry the full paper title, followed by the authors’ names, degrees, and where the work was performed. We require the full mailing address and contact information (telephone, fax and e-mail address for EACH author). Please indicate the corresponding author.

An abstract should accompany every original paper. Case Reports and Ideas and Innovations should include a summary. The abstract should appear on a separate page and should be at least 100 but not more than 200 words long. 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, and reference sections should follow. At the conclusion of the references, the name and complete address of the reprint author should appear.

Correspondence and brief communications are published at the discretion of the editors as space permits. They should be typewritten, double spaced, and must not exceed 500 words in length. Disk submission is required, and the disk must match hard copy exactly. Disk may be submitted in either PC or Macintosh formats, preferably in Microsoft Word or Word Perfect.


The references must be typed double-spaced on separate pages and must be cited in the text in numerical order, not alphabetically. References to journal papers should include (1) author(s), (2) title, (3) journal name (as abbreviated in Index Medicus), (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 Index Medicus.

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 results. Unusual or complex methods of analysis should be referenced.


Arrange illustrations to conserve vertical space. Photographs must be in sharp focus, have good contrast, and must be neither retouched nor altered in any way. Glossy prints are preferable. Computer-generated art should be accompanied by its file on disc. Illustrations may be submitted on disc. Clearly label the disc with program used and accompany it with hard copy. Be sure disc only contains required illustrations, each clearly identified. For e-mailing attachment files, first contact us for instructions. Color photographs that significantly enhance the presentation will be considered for publication. Reproduction of color illustrations will be made at the expense of the author. Authors will be charged at the rate of $275 per piece of color art and $1,200 for each page that includes color art. For accepted papers, we cannot be expected to return illustrations to the author(s).

Legends are required for illustrations and should be typed on separate pages. They should be brief and pertinent. Legends for photomicrographs should identify the stain and state the magnification.

Cover Art

Authors are encouraged to submit outstanding black and white photographs for possible use as cover art. Photos should be submitted in two sizes: 8 ˝ x 11" or slightly larger for the cover, and at the size it will appear at in the published paper.


Illustrations taken from other publications must be acknowledged by a complete credit line in the legend. The publisher’s letter of permission should be submitted to Tissue Engineering.

Page Proofs

Page proofs are sent directly to the author from the typesetter. They should be read carefully and returned promptly to the publisher with the author’s approval indicated by initialing. Reprints may be ordered when galley proofs are received. A form showing the cost will be enclosed with the proofs.

Financial Interest

Authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. This information will remain confidential while the paper is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision. If the manuscript is accepted, the Editor will discuss with the authors how best to disclose the relevant information.


The Journal is published bimonthly by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 2 Madison Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538-1962, Tel: (914) 834-3100, fax: (914) 834-3771; e-mail: on-line:


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