Focus and Coverage
Biomicrofluidics is an online-only journal from AIP Publishing designed to rapidly disseminate research that elucidates fundamental physicochemical mechanisms associated with microfluidic, nanofluidic, and molecular/cellular biophysical phenomena in addition to novel microfluidic and nanofluidic techniques for diagnostic, medical, biological, pharmaceutical, environmental, and chemical applications. As of 2013, Biomicrofluidics is the top non-review fluid physics journal indexed by Thomson Reuters.
Research areas include, but are not limited to:
- Microfluidic and nanofluidic actuation (electrokinetics, acoustofluidics, optofluidics, and magnetic Hall effect devices)
- Biophysical transport and characterization (DNA, single protein, ion channel and membrane dynamics, cell motility and communication mechanisms, electrophysiology, and patch clamping)
- Wetting, nano-rheology, and droplet platforms (capillary wicking, surface patterning, digital droplet platforms, surface acoustic waves)
- Molecular and bioparticle sorting, manipulation, and transfection (di/electrophoresis, magnetic beads, optical traps, electroporation)
- Genomic and proteomic analysis (rapid gene sequencing, protein arrays, carbohydrate arrays, and microRNA profiling)
- Cell culture, manipulation and analysis (single cell assays, plasma separation, stem cell transfection, tumor cell isolation)
- Biosensors (immuno-, nano-reporter, molecular beacon, FRET, aptamer, nanopore, plasmonic, and Raman sensors)
- Pathogen detection and point-of-care diagnostics (molecular diagnostics, polymer biochips, paper-based assays, hybrid designs)
- Drug delivery and discovery platforms (high throughput screening platforms, biomarker/pathway discovery, gene/cell therapy)
- Biomaterials synthesis and tissue engineering ( flow focusing, nanofiber electrospinning , hydrogel scaffolds, wearable sensors)
- Fuel and solar cells (biofuel cells, dye-sensitized solar cells, direct methanol fuel cells, energy harvesting devices)
With a primary focus on high-quality, original research articles, the journal also will organize special sections that will help elucidate and define specific challenges unique to the interdisciplinary field of biomicrofluidics.
2013 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2014)*:
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* Data from the 2013 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2014).
The international standard serial number (ISSN) for Biomicrofluidics is 1932-1058.
The CODEN is BIOMGB.
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA
Leslie Y. Yeo
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
James R. Friend
University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Term ending 31 December 2015
Saif A. Khan , National University of Singapore, Singapore
L. James Lee, Ohio State University, OH, USA
Hang Lu , Georgia Institute of Technology, GA, USA
Hywel Morgan , University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
Alexander Revzin, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Hongkai Wu, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Term ending 31 December 2016
Chia-Fu Chou, Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Kevin Dorfman, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Yanyi Huang, Peking University, Beijing, China
Luke P. Lee, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
Chwee Teck Lim, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Ai-Qun Liu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Ronald Pethig, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
Matt Trau, University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia
Orlin D. Velev, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
Chaoyong Yang, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
David A. Weitz, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Mission and the Review Process
Biomicrofluidics (BMF) is an online-only journal published by the AIP Publishing (AIPP) to rapidly disseminate research in elucidating fundamental physicochemical mechanisms associated with microfluidic and nanofluidic phenomena as well as novel microfluidic and nanofluidic techniques for diagnostic, medical, biological, pharmaceutical, environmental, and chemical applications. Rapid turnaround, multimedia capability, and wide circulation among academic, national, and industrial laboratories are the main features offered by the journal. The Editors, aided by the interdisciplinary and international Editorial Board, are responsible for the content and other editorial matters related to the Journal. Manuscripts deemed appropriate for publication in BMF by the Editor are sent to expert referees for evaluation, and may be sent to another referee for a second review. It is our intention to reach a decision on the disposition of a paper on the basis of no more than two rounds of reviewing.
An author may appeal an Editor's decision to reject a manuscript by making a request to the Editor that the case be reviewed by the Publisher of AIP Publishing. The Publisher will not make direct decisions whether or not a paper should be accepted for publication, but rather will assess whether procedures were followed properly. Additional rounds of review or adjudication would only be called for if proper procedures were not followed.
Criteria for Publication
Papers are accepted for publication in BMF according to the following criteria:
Content: The mission of BMF is to offer prompt multimedia and electronic publication of microfluidic research with biological, medical, or chemical applications. Video clips demonstrating the basic concept or the performance of new microfluidic techniques are encouraged. All publications, including multimedia contents, will be archived by AIP Publishing. To be acceptable for publication in BMF, the submission should be original and interesting to the general microfluidics community or to the medical, life-science or environmental communities with interest in microfluidic applications.
Novelty: Emphasizing rapid dissemination of key data and novel techniques, BMF only publishes papers containing new techniques or experimental results that have not been submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts that, in the reviewers' or the Editor's opinion, fall short of this standard will not be accepted.
Readability: Manuscripts must be written in correct English. This is the responsibility of the authors, not the Editor or the reviewers. Papers that are judged to be not up to the standards will not be accepted.
Length: Brief Communications should contain no more than 2000 words of text (approximately 3 published pages), reduced, however, by allowances for equations, tables, and figures. An average one-column figure with its caption will displace about 220 words of text. Authors are cautioned that discovery of excess length might not occur until a late stage in publication and would then result in delay and expense. Circumvention of the length limitation by division of a long article into small parts is considered to be contrary to the purpose of this section. Whilst there are no strict length limitations for the other articles, Perspectives and Review Articles should be no longer than 50 published pages (approximately 35,000 words of text including allowances for equations, tables, and figures) and Regular Articles should not exceed 15 published pages (approximately 10,000 words of text including allowances for equations, tables, and figures). Manuscripts deemed to be too long or to require excessive time for reviews will not be accepted.
Format: Information for Contributors is available here.
Bylines: It is the responsibility of the person submitting the paper to ensure that all authors approve the inclusion of their names on the byline. In addition, whenever the name of a coauthor is removed from, or added to, the byline of a paper after the date of submission, we must have a signed concurrence of that coauthor before publication.
Copyright: Biomicrofluidics requires that copyright be assigned to the AIP Publishing. It is a tradition of long standing that submission to the Journal implies that the work has neither been copyrighted, nor accepted for publication elsewhere. Since copyright transfer is required before publication, electronic acceptance of the Transfer of Copyright Agreement during the submission process can prevent unnecessary delays. Biomicrofluidics also requires authors to inform the editors if a paper has been previously submitted to another journal, whether or not it is currently active with that journal.
Submission of manuscripts that contain patentable ideas is at the author's risk, and neither BMF nor the AIP Publishing assumes any responsibility in this regard.
Fast Track articles replace Brief Communications to report on the most novel, high impact, cutting edge, and technically significant developments in the field. Because of the urgency and scientific importance of the work, Fast Track articles have an accelerated review process. Fast Track articles will also receive prioritized consideration for the journal's Editor’s Picks and AIP Publishing press releases.
Papers submitted to Fast Track will be initially screened for novelty and quality by the Editors and then reviewed by Editorial Advisory Board members, with a review response in fewer than 14 days. Fast Track authors are requested to respond to reviews within 10 days.
Fast Track articles should not exceed 2000 words (approximately three printed journal pages). Abstract, title, author list, references and acknowledgments are all excluded from the 2000-word limit. However, figures, tables, and equations are included and must be accounted for by calculating a word count equivalent to the space they occupy. Note that the abstract itself should not exceed 100 words.
Perspectives examine the anticipated future directions of a particular topic of importance or growth within the field. Papers in these sections are usually solicited from leading researchers in the subject area, although the Editors welcome proposals from prospective authors. Whilst there are no strict length limitations for Perspectives they should not exceed 50 published pages (approximately 35,000 words of text, reduced, however, by allowances for equations, tables, and figures; an average one-column figure with its caption will displace about 220 words of text) as they extend the review process. Manuscripts deemed to be too long or to require excessive time for reviews will not be accepted.
Review Articles consist of colloquia that serve to provide an in-depth overview of a particular topic of importance or growth within the field. Papers in these sections are usually solicited from leading researchers in the subject area, although the Editors welcome proposals from prospective authors. Whilst there are no strict length limitations for Review Articles, they should not exceed 50 published pages (approximately 35,000 words of text, reduced, however, by allowances for equations, tables, and figures; an average one-column figure with its caption will displace about 220 words of text) as they extend the review process. Manuscripts deemed to be too long or to require excessive time for reviews will not be accepted.
Regular Articles are original contributions that disseminate new research findings that constitute a substantial advance in understanding in a subject within the scope of the journal. Whilst there are no strict length limitations for Regular Articles, contributions longer than 15 published pages (approximately 10,000 words of text, reduced, however, by allowances for equations, tables, and figures; an average one-column figure with its caption will displace about 220 words of text) are discouraged as they extend the review process. Manuscripts deemed to be too long or to require excessive time for reviews will not be accepted.
Fabrication and Laboratory Methods:
The Fabrication and Laboratory Methods section provides a published forum for revolutionary advances in methods underlying micro and nanofluidics, chemical and biological applications of lab-on-a-chip devices, and in-vitro and in-vivo protocols for biological materials. The articles in this section will carry full citation details and are limited to 10 published pages (roughly 6500 words of text, reduced as required to accommodate equations, tables and figures) with an abstract limited to 100 words. The editors also welcome proposals from prospective authors on methods review articles, limited to 50 published pages, covering a method with a broader perspective and assessment of future advancements beyond the scope of a standard article. Authors are strongly encouraged to both examine past articles from the section for style and provide additional supporting material for their submission, including multimedia of the method.
Retraction and Correction Policies
AIP Publishing takes its responsibility to maintain the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record of our content for all end users very seriously. AIP Publishing places great importance on the authority of articles after they have been published and our policy is based on best practice in the academic publishing community. Changes to articles after they have been published online may only be made under the circumstances outlined in AIP Publishing's Retraction and Correction Policies which can be accessed here.
It is possible to transfer a rejected manuscript to another AIP Publishing journal for consideration. A list and descriptions can be found here. If you feel that your manuscript would be appropriate for publication in another of AIP Publishing's journals you may request a transfer by email to the Journal that rejected the article. This is exclusively for AIP Publishing journal on the list. Please note that transferring manuscript files does not guarantee that the manuscript will be considered by the receiving journal. It is only meant to offer the technical facility to allow transfer of manuscript files and correspondence without the inconvenience of having to resubmit from journal to journal.
(Revised April 2014)
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Biomicrofluidics Best Paper Award 2015
Submissions for the 2015 Best Paper award are now open!
The purpose of this Award is to recognize significant contributions by emerging authors in microfluidics and nanofluidics.
Candidates for the Award must:
- 1. Have submitted a paper to Biomicrofluidics between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Papers must be accepted for publication no later than March 15, 2015.
- 2. Be 40 years of age or younger.
- 3. Be the first author on the selected paper.
Papers will be reviewed based on scientific content. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel of judges. The winner will be notified of their award via email by March 31, 2015.
The winner of the 2015 Biomicrofluidics Best Paper Award will be invited to give a presentation at the 2016 Advances in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics conference (AMN 2016; date and location to be announced in August 2015.) The winner will also be granted up to $2500 USD* towards travel and lodging for AMN 2016.
In the event that the lead author of the winning paper cannot attend AMN 2016, he or she may designate a representative to present the work.
Email us at email@example.com for questions about eligibility, the selection process, or the award.
*The winner is responsible for all federal, state or local taxes that may be due upon acceptance of the award by submitting their IRS form W-9 to AIP Publishing. The winner agrees to comply with all tax reporting in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
Biomicrofluidics Best Paper Award 2014
The 2014 Biomicrofluidics Best Paper Award is now closed for submissions. Eligible accepted papers that were nominated for the Award in 2014 will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges for scientific merit. The winner will be notified in March of 2015.
You can review eligibility requirements and other details of the Award here.
Biomicrofluidics Best Paper Award 2013
The Editors of Biomicrofluidics congratulate the winner of the inaugural Biomicrofluidics Best Paper Award, Giseok Kang, for his paper “Discrimination between the human prostate normal cell and cancer cell by using a novel electrical impedance spectroscopy controlling the cross-sectional area of a microfluidic channel”. Dr. Kang was invited to present his paper at the 2014 Advances in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics conference held at Academia Sinica, Taiwan, in May 2014.
The Editors thank all the entrants for their hard work and excellent science. The overwhelming interest in the Award has inspired us to offer it again in 2014 and 2015. We thank the community for its support of Biomicrofluidics!
The Editors also thank the judges of the 2013 Award for their time and effort:
Dr. Patrick S. Doyle
Dr. Zachary Gagnon
Dr. Andrew de Mello
Dr. Hsien-Hung Wei
Dr. David A. Weitz
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