The Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials is concerned with the mechanical deformation, damage and failure under applied forces, of biological material (at the tissue, cellular and molecular levels) and of biomaterials, i.e. those materials which are designed to mimic or replace biological materials.

The primary focus of the journal is the synthesis of materials science, biology, and medical and dental science. Reports of fundamental scientific investigations are welcome, as are articles concerned with the practical application of materials in medical devices. Both experimental and theoretical work is of interest; theoretical papers will normally include comparison of predictions with experimental data, though we recognize that this may not always be appropriate. The journal also publishes technical notes concerned with emerging experimental or theoretical techniques, letters to the editor and, by invitation, review articles and papers describing existing techniques for the benefit of an interdisciplinary readership.

The journal offers online submission, a short time to publication, the opportunity for ample space to develop an argument in full, and the services of referees with expertise in mechanical behaviour and an understanding of the special nature of biomedical materials.

Examples of relevant subjects include:

  • Stress/strain/time relationships for biological materials (natural and engineered ones)
  • Fracture mechanics of hard tissues (such as bone, teeth, and other mineralized tissues, ceramics and metals and various biomedically relevant alloys)
  • Tribological properties of joint materials and their replacements, including coatings and surface modifications
  • Mechanical characterisation of tissue engineering materials and scaffolds, and the investigation of mechanical cues in the context of biological processes
  • The mechanical behaviour of cells, including adhesion and failure
  • Mechanical properties of biological molecules such as proteins, DNA, and other biomolecules
  • Long-term fatigue, creep and wear properties of biomaterials used in implants and similar biomedical materials
  • The behaviour of the human tissues under impact loading and other extreme conditions
  • Additive manufacturing methods of all kinds, for metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and other biomaterials (in medical, dental, bio-inspired and related fields)
  • Mechanical performance of materials in plants and animals in all natural and engineered ecosystems
  • New techniques for the measurement of mechanical properties in biomedical materials, in both laboratory and clinical practice
  • Computer simulations of material behavior at all time- and length-scales (from molecular to tissue scales), as well as the introduction of new computing techniques (such as machine learning and artificial intelligence) in the modeling and analysis of the mechanical properties of biomedical materials
  • Clinical case histories related to material performance
  • Mechanobiology, focusing especially on the response of cells and tissues to biophysical stimuli at varied length- and time-scales

The journal publishes papers from the proceedings of the International Conference on the Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues; special issues devoted to particular subjects or events will also be considered.

Editorial board

Editor in Chief

  • Markus Buehler PhD
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Associate Editors

  • P. Vallittu
    University of Turku, Turku, Finland

Editor Emeritus

  • Professor D. Taylor
    University of Dublin Trinity College Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Dublin, Ireland

Editorial Board

  • T. Adachi
    Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • O. Akkus
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
  • M. Amabili PhD
    McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • F. Barthelat
    McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • P. Y. Chen
    National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • E. Dall'Ara
    The University of Sheffield Department of Oncology and Metabolism, Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • S. L. Evans
    Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • R. Geesink
    Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • A. Gefen PhD
    Tel Aviv University Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • A. Geitmann PhD
    McGill University Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada
  • C. Johnson
    University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, United States of America
  • D. J. Kelly
    The University of Dublin Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • J. Kruzic
    University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • U. Lohbauer PhD
    University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen and Nuremberg, Germany
  • R. L. Mauck
    University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • R. M. McMeeking
    University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
  • M. A. Myers
    University of California San Diego Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, La Jolla, California, United States of America
  • T. V. Nguyen
    Johns Hopkins University Department of Mechanical Engineering, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
  • M. Niinomi
    Tohoku University Institute for Materials Research, Sendai, Japan
  • C.W.J. Oomens
    Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • M. L. Oyen
    East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, United States of America
  • P. Prendergast
    University of Dublin Trinity College Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Dublin, Ireland
  • R.O. Ritchie
    University of California Berkeley Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Berkeley, California, United States of America
  • R.K. Roeder
    University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, United States of America
  • H. Screen
    Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom
  • C. Simms
    University of Dublin Trinity College Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Dublin, Ireland
  • S. Suresh
    Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • M. Swain
    The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • S.H. Teoh
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
  • D. Vashishth PhD
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, United States of America
  • S. Vesentini
    Polytechnic of Milan, Milano, Italy
  • U. Wegst
    Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, United States of America
  • A. S. Weiss PhD
    The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • J. A. Weiss
    The University Of Utah Department of Biomedical Engineering, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
  • A. Wennerberg
    Malmo University, Malmo, Sweden
  • L. N. Williams
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America
  • W. Yang
    ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • A. A. Zadpoor
    Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
  • P. Zioupos
    Cranfield University - Shrivenham Campus, Swindon, United Kingdom