Manuscript Submission Requirements Checklist

Please check the following before completing your submission.

Cover Letter

  • A complete letter to the editor should accompany the manuscript. The required items are listed below.


  • The title should not include words like “Novel”, “New”, or “First” or numerals (Part 1, 2, etc).


  • All authors and their respective current/valid email addresses should be entered into the ACS Paragon Plus Environment. Names of authors should be listed in the same sequence as they appear on the manuscript title page.
  • Corresponding author is at least one senior scientist and designated with an asterisk.
  • Include the email address of the corresponding author on the manuscript title page.


  • A manuscript template may be used if preferred, but is not required. Manuscript text should appear in one-column format and be double-spaced.
  • Manuscripts should be organized by sections and sub-sections. Arrange the sections as follows:
    Title, Authors, Affiliations, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Experimental (Materials and Methods), Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Supporting information paragraph (if any), Acknowledgments (optional), References, Table of Contents graphic.

Figures and Tables

  • Figures and Tables should preferably be embedded within the manuscript text, near their first mention. It is also acceptable, but not necessary, to include them at the end of the manuscript uploaded as “Graphic for manuscript” (acceptable software tif or pdf).
  • Artwork should be provided at the size at which it will published in the journal, i.e., maximum 3.25 inches or 8.25 cm wide for one column.
  • Each graphic should be clearly labeled and include a brief caption.
  • Provide a Table of Contents graphic (TOC) at the end of the manuscript, either included in the manuscript file or uploaded separately as “Graphic for manuscript”.
  • Permissions for graphics copied or adapted from previous work should be provided upon submission (uploaded as “Other files for Editor only”). In addition, correct credit lines should appear in the Figure captions. Credit lines in figure captions must be formatted as: “Reproduced (or adapted) with permission from ref [#]. Copyright [YEAR] [Copyright Holder].” If the authors of the article hold the copyright, the names of all authors must be listed. If the reproduced content is open access, this statement still must be included in the figure caption; however, there’s no need to upload any permissions. If there are multiple panels in a single figure, please clearly indicate which panels are reproduced and from where.
  • Do not include any Supporting Information (figures, tables, or text) in the main manuscript file. All Supporting Information should be uploaded separately.


  • References should be cited within the text by consecutive numbers. Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.) in the order of their first citation in the text are required, and the corresponding numbers must be inserted at the appropriate locations in the text as superscript closed up to the last character, and outside any punctuation marks, example: 5-7, 9, 10.
  • The references should adhere to the format and style of ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering: proper arrangement and punctuation, bold and italic font, full-page ranges.
  • Include journal article titles.
  • Use the CASSI abbreviations for journal titles (http://cassi.cas.org/search.jsp).
  • Notes/comments are not accepted in the list of references.
  • All author names should be included (“et al.” is not accepted).
  • Bibliographic information should be up to date at the time of submission.
  • Provide the DOI for all journal articles, including for work published online (ASAP) but not yet in an issue.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent Statement

  • Papers reporting data from experiments on live animals must include a statement identifying the approving committee and certifying that such experiments were performed in accordance with all national or local guidelines and regulations. Results from experiments involving humans or tissue samples must additionally include a statement that informed consent was obtained from the subject or from the next of kin.

Supporting Information, SI (if any)

  • The supplementary material should be uploaded separately as “Supporting information for publication” (PDF preferred).
  • SI should be formatted with a cover sheet listing authors, manuscript title, and the number of pages, figures, and tables.
  • SI pages must be numbered consecutively, starting with page S1.
  • Tables and Figures should be numbered Table S1-Sn and Figure S1-Sn.
  • A paragraph describing the SI should be included in the manuscript and placed after the Conclusions:

Supporting Information. Brief statement in nonsentence format listing the contents of the material supplied as Supporting Information.

Unpublished Work

  • Upload any unpublished papers (accepted, submitted, in press, etc.) as “Supporting Information for review only”.

System Generated PDF Proof

Last, your uploaded files (Manuscript file + Graphic(s) for manuscript) will be converted into a PDF proof. This is how the manuscript will appear when sent to reviewers. The PDF proof must be viewed and validated before submission is completed.

Scope of the Journal

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering publishes work in the following fields. For more information about the journal, visit the journal website.

Applications and Health – implantable tissues and devices, prosthesis, health risks, toxicology

Bio-interactions and Bio-compatibility – material-biology interactions, chemical/morphological/structural communication, mechanobiology, signaling and biological responses, immuno-engineering, calcification, coatings, corrosion and degradation of biomaterials and devices, biophysical regulation of cell functions

Characterization, Synthesis, and Modification – new biomaterials, bioinspired and biomimetic approaches to biomaterials, exploiting structural hierarchy and architectural control, combinatorial strategies for biomaterials discovery, genetic biomaterials design, synthetic biology, new composite systems, bionics, polymer synthesis

Controlled Release and Delivery Systems – biomaterial-based drug and gene delivery, bio-responsive delivery of regulatory molecules, pharmaceutical engineering

Healthcare Advances – clinical translation, regulatory issues, patient safety, emerging trends

Imaging and Diagnostics – imaging agents and probes, theranostics, biosensors, monitoring

Manufacturing and Technology – 3D printing, inks, organ-on-a-chip, bioreactor/perfusion systems, microdevices, BioMEMS, optics and electronics interfaces with biomaterials, systems integration

Modeling and Informatics Tools – scaling methods to guide biomaterial design, predictive algorithms for structure-function, biomechanics, integrating bioinformatics with biomaterials discovery, metabolomics in the context of biomaterials

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine – basic and applied studies, cell therapies, scaffolds, vascularization, bioartificial organs, transplantation and functionality, cellular agriculture

Manuscript Types

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering publishes five types of papers: Articles, Letters, Methods/Protocols, Reviews, and Perspectives.


A. Articles should cover their subjects with thoroughness, clarity, and completeness but should be as concise as possible.


Abstracts to Articles are limited to 300 words and should summarize the significant results and conclusions. Articles are scheduled for publication in the order of acceptance within limitations of available space.


B. Letters are short articles that report results whose immediate availability to the biomaterials science and engineering community is deemed important. Letters are restricted to 3 published pages, which is equivalent to about 2500 words or 6 double-spaced word-processed pages of text and 3-4 figures. A brief abstract of less than 100 words should be included. Letters are intended to provide rapid communication of important results and should be written in a form that is engaging and easy to follow. The narrative should flow continuously, without separate subsections, through introductory material, followed by a sufficient outline of the experiment to allow the reader to follow what was done, results presented and described in a way that captures their essential details, and concluding remarks. Experimental details that are not essential to the understanding of the Letter, but that would be useful for those trying to reproduce the experiment, or in providing helpful additional information for experts, should be included as supporting information. Letters often will be complete publications, but follow-up publication may occasionally be justified when the research is continued and a more complete account of the work is deemed necessary. Special efforts will be made to expedite the reviewing and the publication of Letters. The time for proofreading the galley proofs is relatively short. For this reason, authors of Letters should ensure that manuscripts are in final, error-free form when submitted.


C. Methods/Protocols are a new manuscript type, launched in January 2017. This new manuscript type aims to highlight and attract methods and protocols content relevant to biomaterials research and make this content more visible and easily discoverable. The journal considers for publication Methods/Protocols submissions directly sent in by authors but also invites experts to publish established as well as novel methods in the field. The journal aims to provide one-stop access to both novel and improvised methods as well as standard techniques used for biomaterials research. Authors are highly encouraged to include videos (no brand names/logos allowed, size limit 250 MB) to demonstrate the method being presented. The manuscript and videos will undergo the standard peer review process of the journal.


Please feel free to contact the Editorial Office for more details regarding the format and preparation of a Methods/Protocols manuscript and to obtain a mock draft. Authors may also refer to published Methods/Protocols on the journal website, for example:


D. Reviews should constitute concise, yet complete, surveys of the literature written by experts for non-experts. Their purpose is to acquaint the readers of the journal with recent progress in key research areas. Reviews should be written for a more general audience of “materials scientists and engineers”, both for academic as well as industry relevance, and provide a balanced view of the topic in question. Exclusive (or near exclusive) focus on the author’s research is discouraged in Reviews. Invited and contributed Reviews will be considered for publication and will be peer-reviewed in the same manner as Letters and Articles. Authors interested in contributing a Review may submit a one-page outline for consideration. It is incumbent on authors to submit copyright permissions for material that is being reproduced from other sources.


E. Perspectives are generally accepted by invitation. Perspectives are designed to provide an enlightened appraisal of a field of research in which experts review the “state of the art” for a given topic similar to Reviews. Unlike Reviews, however, authors have editorial freedom to express their views on the strategic directions of the field of research. The Perspective series provides a forum with high visibility within the biomaterials community in industry, clinical and government research, and academia. Perspectives are peer-reviewed, contain an unreferenced abstract of 300 words or less, and include a graphical Table of Contents. Authors may choose to divide the Perspective into sections preceded by headings. Finally, the journal recommends that authors define key words used in the Perspective and key concepts in a separate paragraph.

ACS Publishing Center

While this document will provide basic information on how to prepare and submit the manuscript as well as other critical information about publishing, we also encourage authors to visit the ACS Publishing Center for additional information on everything that is needed to prepare (and review) manuscripts for ACS journals and partner journals, such as

  • Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication, which shares editor tips about a variety of topics including making your paper scientifically effective, preparing excellent graphics, and writing cover letters.
  • Resources on how to prepare and submit a manuscript to ACS Paragon Plus, ACS Publications’ manuscript submission and peer review environment, including details on selecting the applicable Journal Publishing Agreement.
  • Sharing your research with the public through the ACS Publications open access program.
  • ACS Reviewer Lab, a free online course covering best practices for peer review and related ethical considerations. 
  • ACS Author Lab, a free online course that empowers authors to prepare and submit strong manuscripts, avoiding errors that could lead to delays in the publication process.
  • ACS Inclusivity Style Guide, a guide that helps researchers communicate in ways that recognize and respect diversity in all its forms.

Manuscript Preparation

Submit with Fast Format

All ACS journals and partner journals have simplified their formatting requirements in favor of a streamlined and standardized format for an initial manuscript submission. Read more about the requirements and the benefits these serves authors and reviewers here.


Manuscripts submitted for initial consideration must adhere to these standards:

  • Submissions must be complete with clearly identified standard sections used to report original research, free of annotations or highlights, and include all numbered and labeled components.
  • Figures, charts, tables, schemes, and equations should be embedded in the text at the point of relevance. Separate graphics can be supplied later at revision, if necessary.
  • When required by a journal's structure or length limitations, manuscript templates should be used.
  • References can be provided in any style, but they must be complete, including titles. For information about the required components of different reference types, please refer to the ACS Style Quick Guide.
  • Supporting Information must be submitted as a separate file(s).

Document Templates and Format

The templates facilitate the peer review process by allowing authors to place artwork and tables close to the point where they are discussed within the text. Learn more about document templates available here. Authors are encouraged, but not required, to use the online when preparing the manuscript. If the template is not used, the text of the manuscript should be double spaced and in single-column layout.

General information on the preparation of manuscripts may also be found in the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication.

Acceptable Software, File Designations, and TeX/LaTeX

See the list of Acceptable Software and appropriate File Designations to be sure your file types are compatible with ACS Paragon Plus. Information for manuscripts generated from TeX/LaTeX is also available.

Cover Letter

A cover letter must accompany every manuscript submission. During the submission process, you may type it or paste it into the submission system, or you may attach it as a file.

The following elements are required to be included in the letter:

  • Manuscript title
  • Name of the Corresponding Author
  • Names(s) of all other authors
  • Type of manuscript (Article, Letter, Perspective, or Review)
  • A paragraph explaining the significance of the manuscript and why it is suitable for publication in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
  • Names and addresses of a minimum of three qualified and unbiased reviewers. A sentence listing each recommended reviewer’s expertise(s) is also required
  • A statement confirming that the manuscript, or its contents in some other form, has not been published previously by any of the authors and/or is not under consideration for publication in another journal at the time of submission
  • A statement confirming that all authors have seen and approved the submission of the manuscript
  • Inform the Editor if the manuscript has previously be considered by ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering or any other ACS journal
  • List of graphics in need of special attention (such as permission for reproduction), if any.

Manuscript Text Components

Manuscript text should appear in one-column format and be double-spaced.


The manuscript document file should include the following sections and in the listed order:


Titles should clearly and concisely reflect the emphasis and content of the paper. Titles are of great importance for current awareness and information retrieval and should be carefully constructed for these purposes. Titles may not contain serial numerals (e.g. Part 1, 2, etc.) or the words “Novel”, “First” or “New”.

Authors and Affiliations

Bylines should include all those who have made substantial contributions to the work. To facilitate indexing and retrieval and for unique identification of an author, use first names, initials, and surnames (e.g., John R. Smith) or first initials, second names, and surnames (e.g., J. Robert Smith). At least one senior author must be designated with an asterisk as the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. All authors must also be entered as co-authors in the ACS Paragon Plus Environment. Include the email address of the corresponding author on the manuscript title page.


All manuscripts must contain an abstract, not exceeding 300 words (100 for Letters), which should provide a succinct, informative summation of the most important results and conclusions.


Authors are required to include four to six keywords.


The Introduction should clearly state the aim of the work. It should provide relevant background information of research in the field. The current knowledge and the existing problem should be discussed in order to clarify the scientific interest of the submitted work. The Introduction should preferably be no longer than 2 pages.

Experimental Section

The Experimental Section should provide a clear, unambiguous description of materials, methods, and equipment in sufficient detail to permit repetition of the work elsewhere. Repetitive descriptions of a general procedure should be avoided. Precautions for handling dangerous material or for performing hazardous procedures should be explicitly stated. In cases of animal use, approval by the local ethics committee should be stated. Less critical experimental details should be included in the Supporting Information.


The Experimental Section should be divided into subsections (such as Materials, Methods, Results, and Discussions).


Figures, Tables, Schemes, etc., should preferably be embedded within the manuscript text, placed close to their first mention.


The concluding remarks must be placed under a separate Conclusions heading.

Description of the Supporting Information Material (if necessary)

If Supporting Information (SI) accompanies the submission, this section is used to describe the material. (Note, however, that the SI material should be uploaded separately.) The paragraph should be titled “Supporting Information Available” and should start with the line “The following files are available free of charge”, followed by a list of file names with brief descriptions for each.


This section may be used to acknowledge individuals, organizations, and financial support. Authors are asked to keep the acknowledgments brief.

Funding Sources

When submitting a manuscript to the Journal via ACS Paragon Plus, the submitting author is asked to identify the funding sources for the work presented in the manuscript. Identifying funding sources is optional during submission of an original manuscript. Funding source information is required when a revised manuscript is submitted.


Authors should consult The ACS Style Guide, 3rd ed. (2006, available from Oxford University Press, Order Department, 201 Evans Road, Cary, NC 27513; https://pubs.acs.org/page/styleguide), for the appropriate style to use in citations of journal papers, books, and other publications.


References should be cited within the text by consecutive numbers. Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.) in the order of their first citation in the text are required, and the corresponding numbers must be inserted at the appropriate locations in the text as superscript closed up to the last character, and outside any punctuation marks.


Long series of references to one statement should be avoided; authors are asked to list key references only.


Footnotes or commentary notes are not accepted in the list of References.


Copies of those references that are not yet available (submitted or accepted for publication in this or other journals) must be uploaded as “Supporting information for review only”.


All references for journal articles should include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for convenient access, including work published online (ASAP) but not yet in an issue; see examples below (refs 1 and 3).


In literature references, journal abbreviations should be those used by Chemical Abstracts [see Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI) 1907-2004 Cumulative]. The accuracy of the references is the responsibility of the authors. Because subscribers to the Web edition of the journal are now able to click on the “ChemPort” tag following each reference to retrieve the corresponding abstract at Chemical Abstracts Service, reference accuracy is critical.


Last, the following reference format must be used:

  1. Rodell, C.B.; Kaminski, A.L.; Burdick J.A. Rational Design of Network Properties in Guest–Host Assembled and Shear-Thinning Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels. Biomacromolecules 2013, 14, 4125-4134, DOI: 10.1021/ bm401280z.
  2. Hoffman, A. S. In Biomaterials Science, 2nd ed.; Ratner, B. D., Hoffman, A. S., Schoen, F. J., Lemon, J. E., Eds.; Elsevier Academic Press: San Diego, CA, 2004; p 107.
  3. Missirlis, D.; Spatz, J.P. Combined Effects of PEG Hydrogel Elasticity and Cell-Adhesive Coating on Fibroblast Adhesion and Persistent Migration. Biomacromolecules 2013, in press, DOI: 10.1021/bm4014827.


(NOTE: references upon submission must follow Review-Ready Submission requirements, graphics included in separate section)

Supporting Information

This information is provided to the reviewers during the peer-review process (for Review Only) and is available to readers of the published work (for Publication). Supporting Information must be submitted at the same time as the manuscript. See the list of Acceptable Software by File Designation and confirm that your Supporting Information is viewable.


If the manuscript is accompanied by any supporting information files for publication, these files will be made available free of charge to readers. A brief, nonsentence description of the actual contents of each file, including the file type extension, is required. This description should be labeled Supporting Information and should appear before the Acknowledgement and Reference sections.  Examples of sufficient and insufficient descriptions are as follows:


Examples of sufficient descriptions: “Supporting Information: 1H NMR spectra for all compounds (PDF)” or “Additional experimental details, materials, and methods, including photographs of experimental setup (DOC)”.


Examples of insufficient descriptions: “Supporting Information: Figures S1-S3” or “Additional figures as mentioned in the text”.


When including supporting information for review only, include copies of references that are unpublished or in-press. These files are available only to editors and reviewers.

Research Data Policy

All ACS journals strongly encourage authors to make the research data underlying their articles publicly available at the time of publication.

Research data is defined as materials and information used in the experiments that enable the validation of the conclusions drawn in the article, including primary data produced by the authors for the study being reported, secondary data reused or analyzed by the authors for the study, and any other materials necessary to reproduce or replicate the results.

The ACS Research Data Policy provides additional information on Data Availability Statements, Data Citation, and Data Repositories.

Data Requirements

Authors including math, display or in-text, in their manuscripts are encouraged to consult the ACS Guidelines for Presenting Mathematical Information ACS Math Style Sheet. This style sheet provides brief discussion of formatting related to the presentation of mathematical formulas, complete with examples of ACS style and layout. This document was developed to help authors anticipate how mathematical expressions will be formatted in the published version of the paper.

NMR Spectral Data. If you are reporting NMR data, please refer to ACS's guidelines on submitting NMR data: NMR Guidelines.

Language and Editing Services

A well-written paper helps share your results most clearly. ACS Publications’ English Editing Service is designed to help scientists communicate their research effectively. Our subject-matter expert editors will edit your manuscript for grammar, spelling, and other language errors so your ideas are presented at their best.

Preparing Graphics

The quality of illustrations in ACS journals and partner journals depends on the quality of the original files provided by the authors. Figures are not modified or enhanced by journal production staff. All graphics must be prepared and submitted in digital format.


Graphics should be inserted into the main body whenever possible. Please see Appendix 2 for additional information.


Any graphic (figure chart, scheme, or equation) that has appeared in an earlier publication should include a credit line citing the original source. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to re-use this material.

Figure and Illustration Services

The impact of your research is not limited to what you can express with words. Tables and figures such as graphs, photographs, illustrations, diagrams, and other visuals can play a significant role in effectively communicating your findings. Our Artwork Editing and Graphical Abstract services generate publication-ready figures and Table of Contents (TOC) graphics that conform to your chosen journal’s specifications. For figures, this includes changes to file type, resolution, color space, font, scale, line weights, and layout (to improve readability and professional appearance). For TOC graphics, our illustrators can work with a rough sketch or concept or help extract the key findings of your manuscript directly for use as a visual summary of your paper.

Preparing for Submission

Manuscripts, graphics, supporting information, and required forms, as well as manuscript revisions, must all be submitted in digital format through ACS Paragon Plus, which requires an ACS ID to log in. Registering for an ACS ID is fast, free, and does not require an ACS membership. Please refer to Appendix 1 for additional information on preparing your submission

Prior Publication Policy

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering considers for publication only original work that has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. When submitting a manuscript, an author should inform the editor of any prior dissemination of the content in print or electronic format. This includes electronic posting of conference presentations, posters, and preprints on institutional repositories and other Web sites.


Authors of ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering are allowed to deposit an initial draft of their manuscript in a preprint service such as ChemRxiv, bioRxiv, arXiv, or the applicable repository for their discipline prior to submission. Please note any use of a preprint server in the cover letter and include a link to the preprint, and as appropriate, state how the manuscript has been adjusted/updated between deposition and submission. All other prior/redundant publication is forbidden. Upon publication in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, authors are advised to add a link from the preprint to the published paper via the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). ChemRxiv and bioRxiv add this link for authors automatically after publication. For further details, contact the Editorial Office.


For the ACS Publications policy on theses and dissertations, click here.

Editorial Policies

Manuscript text should appear in one-column format and be double-spaced.


Registered trademarks should be capitalized whenever used. Trivial names for substances should not be capitalized; usually the chemical name or composition should be given in parentheses or in a footnote at the first occurrence of a trivial name.


Any unusual hazards inherent in the chemicals, equipment, or procedures used in an investigation should be clearly identified in a manuscript reporting the work.


Any animal experimentation must be approved by a local ethics committee. A statement confirming this should be included in the manuscript.


Authors are asked, if possible, to embed graphics in text.

Providing Potential Reviewer Names

Authors are required to suggest names and addresses of a minimum of three qualified and unbiased reviewers. A sentence listing each recommended reviewer’s expertise(s) is also required. Authors are encouraged to avoid suggesting reviewers from the authors’ institutions. Do not suggest reviewers who may have a real or perceived conflict of interest. Whenever possible, suggest academic email addresses rather than personal email addresses.

Manuscript Transfer

If your submission is declined for publication by this journal, the editors might deem your work to be better suited for another ACS Publications journal or partner journal and suggest that the authors consider transferring the submission. Manuscript Transfer simplifies and shortens the process of submitting to another ACS journal or partner journal, as all the coauthors, suggested reviewers, manuscript files, and responses to submission questions are copied by ACS Paragon Plus to the new draft submission. Authors are free to accept or decline the transfer offer.


Note that each journal is editorially independent. Transferring a manuscript is not a guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted, as the final publication decision will belong to the editor of the next journal.


Proofs via ACS Direct Correct

Correction of the galley proofs is the responsibility of the Corresponding Author. The Corresponding Author of an accepted manuscript will receive e-mail notification and complete instructions when page proofs are available for review via ACS Direct Correct. Extensive or important changes on page proofs, including changes to the title or list of authors, are subject to review by the editor.


It is the responsibility of the Corresponding Author to ensure that all authors listed on the manuscript agree with the changes made on the proofs. Galley proofs should be returned within 48 hours in order to ensure timely publication of the manuscript.

Publication Date and Patent Dates

Accepted manuscripts will be published on the ACS Publications Web site as soon as page proofs are corrected and all author concerns are resolved. The first date on which the document is published on the Web is considered the publication date.


Publication of manuscripts on the Web may occur weeks in advance of the cover date of the issue of publication. Authors should take this into account when planning their patent and intellectual property activities related to a document and should ensure that all patent information is available at the time of first publication, whether ASAP or issue publication.


All articles published ahead of print receive a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number, which is used to cite the manuscript before and after the paper appears in an issue. Additionally, any supplemental information submitted along with the manuscript will automatically be assigned a DOI and hosted on Figshare to promote open data discoverability and use of your research outputs.

ASAP Publication

Manuscripts will be published on the “ASAP Articles” page on the web as soon as page proofs are corrected and all author concerns are resolved. ASAP publication usually occurs within a few working days of receipt of page proof corrections, which can be several weeks in advance of the cover date of the issue.

Post-Publication Policies

The American Chemical Society follows guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) when considering any ethical concerns regarding a published article, Retractions, and Expressions of Concern.

Additions and Corrections

Additions and Corrections may be requested by the author(s) or initiated by the Editor to address important issues or correct errors and omissions of consequence that arise after publication of an article. All Additions and Corrections are subject to approval by the Editor, and should bring new and directly relevant information and corrections that fix scientific facts. Minor corrections and additions will not be published. Readers who detect errors of consequence in the work of others should contact the corresponding author of that work.


Additions and Corrections must be submitted as new manuscripts via ACS Paragon Plus by the Corresponding Author for publication in the “Addition/Correction” section of the Journal. The corresponding author should obtain approval from all coauthors prior to submitting or provide evidence that such approval has been solicited. The manuscript should include the original article title and author list, citation including DOI, and details of the correction.


Articles may be retracted for scientific or ethical reasons and may be requested by the article author(s) or by the journal Editor(s), but are ultimately published at the discretion of the Editor. Articles that contain seriously flawed or erroneous data such that their findings and conclusions cannot be relied upon may be retracted in order to correct the scientific record. When an article is retracted, a notice of Retraction will be published containing information about the reason for the Retraction. The originally published article will remain online except in extraordinary circumstances (e.g. where deemed legally necessary, or if the availability of the published content poses public health risks).

Expressions of Concern

Expressions of Concern may be issued at the discretion of the Editor if:

  • there is inconclusive evidence of research or publication misconduct by the authors;
  • there is evidence that the findings are unreliable but the authors’ institution will not investigate the case;
  • an investigation into alleged misconduct related to the publication either has not been, or would not be, fair and impartial or conclusive;
  • an investigation is underway but a judgment will not be available for a considerable time.


Upon completion of any related investigation, and when a final determination is made about the outcome of the article, the Expression of Concern may be replaced with a Retraction notice or Correction.

Sharing Your Published Article

At ACS Publications, we know it is important for you to be able to share your peer reviewed, published work with colleagues in the global community of scientists. As sharing on sites known as scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs) is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s scholarly research ecosystem, we would like to remind you of the many ways in which you, a valued ACS author, can share your published work.


Publishing open access makes it easy to share your work with friends, colleagues, and family members. In addition, ACS Publications makes it easy to share your newly published research with ACS Articles on Request (see below). Don’t forget to promote your research and related data on social media, at conferences, and through scholarly communication networks. Increase the impact of your research using the following resources: Altmetrics, Figshare, ACS Certified Deposit


When your article is published in an ACS journal or partner journal, corresponding authors are provided with a link that offers up to 50 free digital prints of the final published work. This link is valid for the first 12 months following online publication, and can be shared via email or an author’s website. After one year, the access restrictions to your article will be lifted, and you can share the Articles on Request URL on social media and other channels. To access all your Articles on Request links, log in to your ACS Publishing Center account and visit the “My Published Manuscripts” page.


Article, journal, and commercial reprints are available to order.


We’ve developed ACS’ publishing and editorial policies in consultation with the research communities that we serve, including authors and librarians. Browse our policies below to learn more.

Ethical Guidelines

ACS editors have provided Ethical Guidelines for persons engaged in the publication of chemical research—specifically, for editors, authors, and reviewers. Each journal also has a specific policy on prior publication.

OFAC Compliance

As a U.S.-based non-profit organization, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is required to comply with U.S. sanctions laws and regulations administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). While these laws and regulations permit U.S.-based publishers like ACS to engage in publishing-related activities with authors located in sanctioned regions in many cases, ACS may be prohibited under U.S. law from engaging in publishing-related activities in some cases, including, but not limited to, instances where an author or the institution with which an author is affiliated is located in a particular sanctioned region or has been designated by OFAC as a Specially Designated National (SDN) pursuant to certain U.S. sanctions programs. ACS reserves the right to refrain from engaging in any publishing-related activities that ACS determines in its sole discretion may be in violation of U.S. law.


Safety Considerations

Authors must emphasize any unexpected, new, and/or significant hazards or risks associated with the reported work. This information should be in the Experimental Section of a full article and included in the main text of a letter. Statement examples can be found in the Safety Statement Style Sheet and additional information on communicating safety information from the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication is freely available here.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

A statement describing any financial conflicts of interest or lack thereof is published in each ACS journal and partner journal article.


During the submission process, the Corresponding Author must provide a statement on behalf of all authors of the manuscript, describing all potential sources of bias, including affiliations, funding sources, and financial or management relationships, that may constitute conflicts of interest. If the manuscript is accepted, the statement will be published in the final article.


If the manuscript is accepted and no conflict of interest has been declared, the following statement will be published in the final article: “The authors declare no competing financial interest.”


In publishing only original research, ACS is committed to deterring plagiarism, including self-plagiarism. ACS Publications uses CrossCheck's iThenticate software to screen submitted manuscripts for similarity to published material. Note that your manuscript may be screened during the submission process.


Further information about plagiarism can be found in Part B of the Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Chemical Research. See also the press release regarding ACS' participation in the CrossCheck initiative.

Author List and Coauthor Notification

Authors are required to obtain the consent of all their coauthors prior to submitting a manuscript. The submitting author accepts the responsibility of notifying all coauthors that the manuscript is being submitted.


If any change in authorship is necessary after a manuscript has been submitted, the Corresponding Author must e-mail a signed letter to the Editor-in-Chief confirming that all of the original coauthors have been notified and have agreed to the change. If the change involves the removal of a coauthor’s name, the Corresponding Author must, in addition, arrange for the coauthor involved to e-mail a separate signed letter to the Editor-in-Chief consenting to the change. No changes in the author list will be permitted after a manuscript has been accepted.


To expediate the processing of your manuscript, please format your author and affiliation information according the guidelines in this link: https://pubsapp.acs.org/paragonplus/submission/author-address-information.pdf.


During manuscript submission, the submitting author must provide contact information (full name, email address, institutional affiliation, and mailing address) for all of the coauthors. Because all of the author names are automatically imported into the electronic Journal Publishing Agreement, the names must be entered into ACS Paragon Plus. (Note that coauthors are not required to register in ACS Paragon Plus.)

Patent Activities and Intellectual Property

Authors are responsible for ensuring that all patent activities and intellectual property issues are satisfactorily resolved prior to first publication (ASAP or in issue). Acceptance and publication will not be delayed for pending or unresolved issues of this nature.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

Authors submitting manuscript revisions are required to provide their own personal, validated ORCID iD before completing the submission, if an ORCID iD is not already associated with their ACS Paragon Plus user profiles. This ID may be provided during original manuscript submission or when submitting the manuscript revision. All authors are strongly encouraged to register for an ORCID iD, a unique researcher identifier. The ORCID iD will be displayed in the published article for any author on a manuscript who has a validated ORCID iD associated with ACS when the manuscript is accepted.


ORCID iDs should not be typed into the manuscript. ACS publishes only those ORCID iDs that have been properly verified and linked before the manuscript is accepted. After your ORCID iD is linked, it will be displayed automatically in all subsequently accepted manuscripts for any/all ACS journals. We do not publish ORCID iDs provided during proof review or via other communications after a manuscript is accepted for publication.


With an ORCID iD, you can create a profile of your research activities to distinguish yourself from other researchers with similar names, and make it easier for your colleagues to find your publications. If you do not yet have an ORCID iD, or you wish to associate your existing ORCID iD with your ACS Paragon Plus account, you may do so by clicking on “Edit Your Profile” from your ACS Paragon Plus account homepage and following the ORCID-related links. Learn more at www.orcid.org.

To obtain forms and guidelines for copyright transfer, obtaining permissions from copyright owners, and to explore a Copyright Learning Module for chemists, click here.

Funder Reporting Requirement

Authors are required to report funding sources and grant/award numbers. Enter ALL sources of funding for ALL authors in BOTH the Funder Registry Tool in ACS Paragon Plus and in your manuscript to meet this requirement.

Open Access Compliance

ACS offers options by which authors can fulfill the requirements for open access and deposition into repositories for funded research. Visit our ACS Open Science site to see how to fulfill requirements for specific funders and to find out if you are eligible to publish under a Read + Publish agreement between ACS and your institution. You can also find out more about Open Access Compliance and ACS Open Science initiatives.

Appendix 2: Preparing Graphics


Digital graphics pasted into manuscripts should have the following minimum resolutions:

  • Black and white line art, 1200 dpi
  • Grayscale art, 600 dpi
  • Color art, 300 dpi


Graphics must fit a one- or two-column format. Single-column graphics can be sized up to 240 points wide (3.33 in.) and double-column graphics must be sized between 300 and 504 points (4.167 in. and 7 in.). The maximum depth for all graphics is 660 points (9.167 in.) including the caption (allow 12 pts. For each line of caption text). Lettering should be no smaller than 4.5 points in the final published format. The text should be legible when the graphic is viewed full-size. Helvetica or Arial fonts work well for lettering. Lines should be no thinner than 0.5 point.


Color may be used to enhance the clarity of complex structures, figures, spectra, and schemes, etc., and color reproduction of graphics is provided at no additional cost to the author. Graphics intended to appear in black and white or grayscale should not be submitted in color.

Type of Graphics

Table of Contents (TOC)/Abstract Graphic

Consult the Guidelines for Table of Contents/Abstract Graphics for specifications.

Our team of subject-matter experts and graphical designers can also help generate a compelling TOC graphic to convey your key findings. Learn more about our Graphical Abstract service.


A caption giving the figure number and a brief description must be included below each figure. The caption should be understandable without reference to the text. It is preferable to place any key to symbols used in the artwork itself, not in the caption. Ensure that any symbols and abbreviations used in the text agree with those in the artwork.


Charts (groups of structures that do not show reactions) may have a brief caption describing their contents.


Each table must have a brief (one phrase or sentence) title that describes the contents. The title should be understandable without reference to the text. Details should be put in footnotes, not in the title. Tables should be used when the data cannot be presented clearly in the narrative, when many numbers must be presented, or when more meaningful inter-relationships can be conveyed by the tabular format. Tables should supplement, not duplicate, information presented in the text and figures. Tables should be simple and concise.


Each scheme (sequences of reactions) may have a brief caption describing its contents.

Chemical Structures

Chemical structures should be produced with the use of a drawing program such as ChemDraw.

Cover Art

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering authors are encouraged to submit images to be considered for use on the journal’s front cover or Supplementary Covers at the time of the submission of their revised manuscript. If your article is accepted for publication, your suggestion may also be selected for use on one of the journal’s covers. Images chosen for the front cover will be published at no cost to the author. If your art is selected for front cover, ACS will send you information about how to request one complimentary 18” by 24” printed poster featuring your work.


Cover image submissions should be colorful and visually engaging, with minimal text. The cover image should not resemble a graphical abstract or data figure, but rather should be an artistic and scientifically accurate representation of the manuscript. Image files should be submitted as TIF, JPG, PNG or EPS files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi for pixel-based images. Images should be 8.19 in × 10.00 in. (or 20.80 cm × 25.40 cm). Please note that the journal title will cover the top 1.7 in. (4.32 cm) of the image. Authors should submit the cover image, along with a short, clear legend explaining the image, as supplementary files to ACS Paragon Plus with their revised manuscript.


If you wish to be considered only for the front cover, and not a paid supplementary cover, please respond NO accordingly to the Journal Covers question in ACS Paragon Plus. For more information on the Supplementary Covers program, please see this webpage. All art submitted for consideration for a supplementary cover will also be considered for a front cover.

Web Enhanced Objects (WEO)

The Web editions of ACS journals allow readers to view multimedia attachments such as animations and movies that complement understanding of the research being reported.


WEOs should be uploaded in ACS Paragon Plus with ‘Web Enhanced Object’ selected as the file designation. Consult the list of compatible WEO formats.