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About Biotechnology for Biofuels

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Biotechnology for Biofuels, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Biotechnology for Biofuels is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal featuring high-quality studies describing technological and operational advances in the production of biofuels, chemicals and other bioproducts from biomass. The journal emphasizes understanding and advancing the application of biotechnology and synergistic operations to improve plants and biological conversion systems for the production of fuels, chemicals and other bioproducts from biomass and any related economic, environmental and policy issues.

Biotechnology for Biofuels focuses on the following areas:

• Development of terrestrial plant feedstocks
• Development of algal feedstocks
• Biomass pretreatment, fractionation and extraction for biological conversion
• Enzyme engineering, production and analysis
• Bacterial genetics, physiology and metabolic engineering
• Fungal/yeast genetics, physiology and metabolic engineering
• Fermentation, biocatalytic conversion and reaction dynamics
• Biological production of chemicals and bioproducts from biomass
• Anaerobic digestion, biohydrogen and bioelectricity
• Bioprocess integration, techno-economic analysis, modelling and policy
• Life cycle assessment and environmental impact analysis

Open access

All articles published by Biotechnology for Biofuels are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Biotechnology for Biofuels are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Biotechnology for Biofuels therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1565/$2450/€1995 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Biotechnology for Biofuels are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Biotechnology for Biofuels include:

  • CABI
  • CAS
  • Citebase
  • Compedex
  • DOAJ
  • Geobase
  • Global Health
  • Google Scholar
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Biotechnology for Biofuels is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 6.04.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Biotechnology for Biofuelsconsiders the following types of articles:

  • Research: reports of data from original research. These articles will form the major content of the journal.
  • Reviews: Key aims of reviews are to provide systematic and substantial coverage of mature subjects, evaluations of progress in specified areas, and/or assessments of emerging technologies. Review articles should have a fresh and critical view of the topic and opinions should be qualified with references to original research articles.
  • Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Methodology articles: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. Methodology articles will only be accepted for publication if they represent a significant advance in the field.

Manuscripts will be reviewed by internationally recognized experts in the field, selected in part from our Editorial Board. Reviews will be rapid and the suitability of a manuscript for publication will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Is the manuscript’s scope appropriate for Biotechnology for Biofuels? Will this paper be of interest to others in the field, either broadly or to those working on a closely related topic?
  2. Does the manuscript communicate findings of sufficient significance (e.g., in quality or impact) to merit publication in Biotechnology for Biofuels?
  3. If the research has been covered previously, does the work contain appropriate use and citation of a priori knowledge? Authors who are building upon their own published work should minimize self-citation, whilst making it clear how their submitted work extends previous findings.
  4. Are experimental or analytical methods and approaches technically sound and are they adequately described? For example, have suitable controls been included and/or have sufficient replicates been run?
  5. Are conclusions appropriately supported by presented data or analyses? For example, does the manuscript avoid over-interpreting the significance of presented results?
  6. Is clarity of language sufficient to warrant review of manuscript as submitted? Manuscripts requiring extensive language editing, but otherwise meeting scientific criteria, may be returned to authors as an “open reject” for being insufficiently prepared, with encouragement to resubmit once re-written to strengthen exposition clarity.

Overseen by the Editors-in-Chief, Michael Himmel, James du Preez, Debra Mohnen and Charles Wyman, Biotechnology for Biofuels is supported by an expert panel of Associate Editors, who are responsible for peer-review and editorial decision making.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Biotechnology for Biofuels, a personalized section of the site.

Copyediting and proofs

All articles published in Biotechnology for Biofuels are copyedited before publication of the final version.

Articles published in Biotechnology for Biofuels are published immediately on acceptance in the form of a provisional PDF. Copyedited and fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.

Edited versions will be sent by email and corrections should be returned within two working days. Please provide a typed list of corrections clearly indicating where the corrections should be made and please send this list by email.

The editing is designed only to correct such things as misused words, spelling errors, missing references or incomplete citation information.


High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.


Biotechnology for Biofuels will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Biotechnology for Biofuels should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Biotechnology for Biofuels

Articles in Biotechnology for Biofuels should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Biotechnol Biofuels [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Biotechnol Biofuels 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Biotechnology for Biofuels?

High visibility

Biotechnology for Biofuels's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Biotechnology for Biofuels offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Biotechnology for Biofuels, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.


Online publication in Biotechnology for Biofuels gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Biotechnology for Biofuels are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Biotechnology for Biofuels's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Biotechnology for Biofuels may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Biotechnology for Biofuels. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Biotechnology for Biofuels retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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