Biotechnology Letters is the world's leading rapid-publication primary journal dedicated to biotechnology as a whole - that is to topics relating to actual or potential applications of biological reactions affected by microbial, plant or animal cells and biocatalysts derived from them. All relevant aspects of molecular biology genetics and cell biochemistry, of process and reactor design, of pre- and post-treatment steps, and of manufacturing or service operations are therefore included. Contributions from industrial and academic laboratories are equally welcome. We also welcome contributions covering biotechnological aspects of cancer, regenerative medicine and biomaterials.
Criteria for the acceptance of papers relate to our aim of publishing useful and informative results that will be of value to other workers in related fields. The emphasis is very much on novelty and immediacy in order to justify rapid publication of authors' results.
It should be noted, however, that we generally do not publish papers (but this is not absolute) that deal with unidentified consortia of microorganisms (e.g. as in activated sludge) as these results may not be easily reproducible in other laboratories. Papers describing the isolation and identification of microorganisms are not regarded as appropriate but such information can be appended to an appropriate paper as supplementary data.
The normal limit of papers is that they should occupy no more than 6 printed pages in the Journal. This may be exceeded if the scientific content of the paper justifies this.
Short mini-reviews on topics of high current interest are also published in the Journal. These should fit the general format and style of the Journal and normally be no longer than 8 printed pages. Authors intending to submit such a review should contact the Senior Reviews Editor beforehand to ensure its suitability for inclusion. Reviews will be peer-reviewed in the normal manner.