Bioengineering & Translational Medicine Author Guidelines | AIChE

Bioengineering & Translational Medicine Author Guidelines

Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, an official quarterly, peer-reviewed, online, open access journal of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and its technological community, the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), is focused on the fundamental ways chemical and biological engineering approaches drive and provide innovative technologies and solutions that impact clinical practice and/or commercial healthcare products.

Author Guidelines

 Bioengineering & Translational Medicine - steps to publication

  1. Submit or confirm your submission at (contact for more information)
  2. We will send you an email confirmation of your submission details.
  3. After review and acceptance, you will be prompted to sign the Open Access Agreement form at  (url to come, contact for more information) You can then track the progress of your article through Wiley Author Services.
  4. You will receive notification that your proof is ready for review, and be able to make corrections to your article using e-annotation tools for electronic proof correction.
  5. Your article will publish on Wiley Online Library. If you have previously signed up for alerts through Wiley’s Author Services, you will be sent an email when your article is published online.

Publication Forms

You will be prompted to sign the Open Access Agreement electronically after manuscript review and acceptance.


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Address correspondence to the Editorial Office:


The Journal requires that authors submit electronically via the online submission site at (contact for more information).

All authors should read the AIChE Ethical Guidelines and AIChE Code of Ethics.

Manuscript Types

  • Research reports
  • Rapid communications
  • Reviews
  • Editorials

General Instructions

Manuscripts must be submitted in grammatically correct English. Manuscripts that do not meet this standard cannot be reviewed. Authors for whom English is a second language may wish to consult an English-speaking colleague or consider having their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. In this regard, authors may wish to use the Wiley Editing Services: This service is paid for and arranged by the author, and use of it does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication; authors wishing pre-submission English language editing are not bound to use this service; various others exist, and the author is free to choose. A manuscript is considered for review and possible publication on the condition that it is submitted solely to Bioengineering & Translational Medicine, and that the manuscript or a substantial portion of it is not under consideration elsewhere.

Informed Consent

Bioengineering & Translational Medicine requires that all appropriate steps be taken in obtaining informed consent for any and all human and/or experimental animal subjects participating in the research constituting the manuscript submitted for review and possible publication; a statement to this effect must be included in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript. Identifying information should not be included in the manuscript unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the study participants or patients (or parents or guardians) give written informed consent for publication.

Protection of Human Subjects and Animals in Research

A statement indicating that the protocol and procedures employed were reviewed and approved by the appropriate institutional review committee must be included in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript. When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. For research involving recombinant DNA, containment facilities and guidelines should conform to those of the National Institutes of Health or corresponding institutions. For those investigators who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Helsinki Declaration should be followed. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.

Disclosure Statement

Bioengineering & Translational Medicine requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship (financial or otherwise) that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to, patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal.

If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to list on the cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript (under the Acknowledgements section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

The above policies are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals produced by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (

Cover Letter

A cover letter should accompany each submitted manuscript; it should include a brief statement that describes the significance of the work, and affirms the work is original and has not been published elsewhere. Also include the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least 5 qualified, potential reviewers.

Table of Contents Image and Summary Sentence

Both an image (figure or table) from your work and a short (85 word maximum) descriptive sentence of your work, aimed at a more general readership, should be provided with your submission.

Manuscript Preparation

It is not necessary to try to replicate the layout of the journal in your submission; we ask only that you give consideration to your reviewers by supplying your manuscript in a clear and readable layout, and ensure that all relevant sections are included. Our production process will take care of all aspects of formatting and style. Use the checklist below to ensure that the manuscript has all the information necessary for successful publication.

Title page:

Title. The title must be brief, concise, and emphasize the dominant objective.

Authors’ names. Use first names, initials, and surnames.

Authors’ affiliations.

Contact information. Provide the full address information for the corresponding author; the processing of your manuscript may be delayed without complete address information for the corresponding author.

Abstract. State the purpose, significant results, and conclusions of the research succinctly. The preferred length for abstracts is 150 words or fewer and no more than 250 words.

Keywords. Provide up to 7 words or short phrases that best describe your work.

Body text:

Research Reports. Include the following sections: Introduction, Results, Discussion, Materials and Methods, Conclusions.

Rapid Communications. Include the following sections: Introduction, Results, Discussion, Materials and Methods, Conclusions.

Reviews. Include the following sections: Introduction, relevant section headings, Conclusions.

Acknowledgments. Include details of funding bodies with grant numbers and conflict of interest statements.

Literature Cited. (See below for style and specific examples.)

Tables. (May be sent as a separate file if necessary.)

Figure legends.

Word Limits:

Research Reports. Body text: 5,000 words; Figures and Tables: 5 to 8

Rapid Communications. Body text: 3,000 words; Figures and Tables: 2 to 4

Reviews: Body text. 6,000 to 8,000 words; Figures and Tables: 5 to 8

Editorials: Body text. 1,000 words; Figures/tables: 0; References: 10   

Literature Cited:

Bioengineering & Translational Medicine uses the AMA style; references must be listed numerically in the order they are cited in the text. Note that Bioengineering & Translational Medicine uses the same reference style as AIChE Journal and Biotechnology Progress. Typical examples with the correct style for the reference list are given below.


Lehr F, Millies M, Mewes D. Bubble-size distributions and flow fields in bubble columns. AIChE J. 2002;48:2426–2443.

Vijayasankaran N, Varma S, Yang Y, et al. Effect of cell culture medium components on color of formulated monoclonal antibody drug substance. Biotechnol Prog. 2013;29:1270–1277.


Montgomery DC. Design and Analysis of Experiments, 7th ed. New York: Wiley; 2008.

Book Chapter:

Aunins J. Viral vaccine production in cell culture. In: Flickinger MC. Encyclopedia of Industrial Biotechnology: Bioprocess, Bioseparation, and Cell Technology.  NY: Wiley; 2010: 1–35.

Nielsen L. Virus production from cell culture, kinetics. In: Spier RE, editor. Encyclopedia of Cell Technology. NY: Wiley; 2000: doi: 10.1002/0471250570.spi106


Hall KR, Holtzapple MT, Capareda SC. Integrated biofuel production system. U.S. Patent 8,153,850, 2012.


Papaioannou V. A Molecular-Based Group Contribution Equation of State for the Description of Fluid Phase Behaviour and Thermodynamic Derivative Properties of Mixtures (SAFT-γ Mie). Ph.D. thesis, Imperial College London, 2012.


Define abbreviations on first use. Generally, abbreviations are not encouraged but may be used for terms that are mentioned frequently.

Online resources

References to online research articles should always include a DOI, where available. When referring to other Web pages, it is essential to include a date on which the resource was accessed.


All tables must be cited in the text in the order that they should appear.


All figures must be cited in the text in the order that they should appear. Illustrations are an important medium through which to convey the meaning in your article, and there is no substitute for preparing these to the highest possible standard. Therefore, please create your illustrations carefully with reference to our graphics guidelines (see It is very difficult to improve an image that has been saved or created in an inappropriate format. We realize that not everyone has access to high-end graphics software, thus the following information may help if you are having difficulty in deciding how to get the best out of the tools at your disposal. Should you need technical assistance in creating figures – particularly schematics – you might be interested in the paid figure preparation services available at:

Cover Images:

Bioengineering & Translational Medicine encourages you to designate one of the figures in your paper to be considered for the online journal cover and for potential publication on the official Wiley Exchanges blog.

  1. Check your software options to see if you can ‘save as’ or ‘export’ using one of the robust, industry-standard formats. These are:
  • Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)
  • Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)
  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  1. As a rule of thumb, images that contain text and line art (graphs, charts, maps, etc.) will reproduce best if saved as EPS or PDF. If you choose this option, it is important to remember to embed fonts. This ensures that any text reproduces exactly as you intend.
  2. Images that contain photographic information are best saved as TIFF or PNG, as this ensures that all data are included in the file. JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) should be avoided if possible, as information is lost during compression; however, it is acceptable for purely photographic subjects if the image was generated as a JPEG from the outset (many digital cameras, for example, output only in JPEG format).
  3. If you are not sure which format would be the best option, it is always best to default to EPS or PDF as these are more likely to preserve the high-quality characteristics of the original.
  4. Microsoft Office. If you have generated your images in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), or similar software, it is best to send us the files in their native file formats.
  5. Please ensure all images are a minimum of 600 dpi.

Metric System

The metric system should be used for all measurements, weights, etc. Temperatures should be expressed in degrees Celsius (centigrade).

Supporting Information

Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit:


CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. All American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) journals use iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. To find out more about CrossCheck visit:


Soon after acceptance, you will receive an email alert containing a link to a website to access your proofs for final content correction within our rapid production workflow. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Once you have submitted your corrections, the production office will finalize the layout of your article for publication.

Article Publication Charges

Bioengineering & Translational Medicine is an open access journal, and you or your funder will be required to pay an article publication charge on acceptance. For more details on charges and available discounts, please see the APC page.

Automatic Article Publication Charge waivers and discounts will be given to authors from countries on the Waivers and Discounts List. In addition, special papers invited by the Editor-in-Chief will not be subject to an Article Publication Charge.


Bioengineering & Translational Medicine is an open access journal; you have free, unlimited access to your article online. However, if you wish to obtain printed reprints, these may be ordered online.

Production Questions

Please direct any questions regarding the production of your article to the Production Editor.