Journal of Biological Engineering (JBE) started its life in October 2007 as the one and only official journal of the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE), published by BMC – part of Springer Nature. At that time, IBE was the USA-based society; its senior editors and editorial board members were largely from the USA. Since then, JBE has attempted to broaden the geographical representations of JBE editorial board as well as contributing authors. As part of this effort, JBE has appointed two Regional Editors, one representing Europe and the other representing Asia. At the time of writing, the members from USA constitute less than a half of the editorial board. Accordingly, contributions from non-USA authors have steadily increased in the past decade. We believe that JBE is moving on a positive trajectory towards world-class journal in biological engineering.
To better showcase this positive trend, we are initiating the region-specific thematic series focused on specific country or region. Our first country/region is South Korea. The number of JBE articles from South Korea has steadily increased in recent years and we would like to see a higher number of top-quality contributions from this country. While majority of this thematic series are commissioned by us, we still welcome non-invited submissions. If you are interested in this thematic series, please contact the series editor, Jeong-Yeol Yoon (email@example.com), with a title and an abstract (or a short summary). This series will run throughout 2021.
We are also planning additional country/region-specific thematic series in the following years. If you are interested in contributing such thematic series or willing to take a lead on such efforts, please contact us as well.