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For articles submitted in 2023 and 2024, Blue Biotechnology has waivers available to offer that can be allocated on acceptance. Please select ‘I agree to pay the APC in full if my article is accepted (unless a full waiver is granted)’ when you submit. Once the standard peer review process has been completed and the Editors have made a decision to accept the article, authors without funding available won’t need to pay an APC. 

Biotechnology at BMC: A new family of companion journals

At BMC, we are very excited to introduce a new family of companion journals in Biotechnology. This new family builds on, and better connects, existing leader BMC journals in the field, and expands the portfolio with new high-quality gold open access journals, aiming to support the same community of scientists.

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We are recruiting Editorial Board Members with expertise across all areas of our scope. Click the link in the title to apply!

Blue Biotechnology is accepting submissions and will publish its first articles soon.

Aims and Scope

Blue Biotechnology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal featuring studies that cover all areas of applied research and biotechnology involving marine microorganisms (microalgae, bacteria and fungi), algae and invertebrates. Aspects of basic biological research, such as evolution, phylogeny and taxonomy, ecology and metagenomics, cellular and molecular biology, are considered only when they are relevant to biotechnology and support translational research. The vision for Blue Biotechnology is to contribute to the advancement of blue bioeconomy and the sustainable management and protection of oceans, fisheries, and coastal and marine environments.

The main areas in scope are, but not only limited to:

  • Bioproduction from aquatic biomass, such as food, feed, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, energy, packaging, materials.
  • Biotechnology, synthetic biology, and genetic and metabolic engineering for aquaculture
  • Environmental aspects affecting marine biotechnology and bioproduction
  • Development of marine biological resources and biodiversity
  • Aspects of pathology and diseases related to marine biotechnology affecting human health
  • Policy issues and debates

Full Aims and Scope Here

Meet the Editors

New Content ItemNing He, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
Ning He is now working as Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Xiamen University, China. She was awarded her PhD in Fermentation Engineering from Jiangnan University in 2002. Between 2005 and 2006 she worked as a postdoctor at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in Germany, and had some experiences as a visiting scholar in 2016 and 2019 at the State University of New York at Binghamton, USA. Her research focuses on microbial manufacturing, including the development of technologies to enhance the efficiency of biological manufacturing processes, and analyzing the physiological characteristics and metabolic mechanisms of microbial cells. Dr. He has published over 100 journal articles and filed more than 20 patents. She also serves as an Associate Editor for Microbial Cell Factories.


New Content ItemMingfeng Cao, PhD, Associate Editor
Mingfeng Cao is the Minjiang Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, the Director of the Institute of Bioengineering, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Tan Kah Kee Innovation Laboratory at Xiamen Laboratory, China. He was awarded his PhD from Nankai University in 2011, and between 2011-2013 worked as a Research Associate at Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He completed postdoctoral studies at Iowa State University and was a Research Scientist at University of Illinois from 2018-2021. His research focuses on the development of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering strategies to establish microbial cell factories for value-added and green chemical production. Dr. Cao has published over 50 journal articles and filed more than 10 patents. He also serves as the Associate Editor for several peer-reviewed journals like Microbial Cell Factories and Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts.


New Content ItemLucília Domingues, PhD, Associate Editor
Lucília Domingues received her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2001 from University of Minho, Portugal with research stays at VTT, Finland. Currently, she is Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Biological Engineering at University of Minho, Director of the Master course in Biotechnology, Associate Director of the Centre of Biological Engineering and leads the Molecular Biotechnology and Microbial Physiology team. Her research work has been driven by the use of molecular biotechnology tools for microbial strain development and intensification of bioprocesses with focus on the utilization of renewable substrates and eco-sustainable production of bio-based chemicals and fuels with applications on the food, energy, chemical and/or biomedical industries. She is Associate Editor for Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts. Her updated research profile is available here


New Content ItemAlok Patel, PhD, Associate Editor
Dr. Alok Patel is an Assistant Professor in Biochemical Process Engineering at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering (SBN) at Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden. After completing his PhD at IIT Roorkee, India, Dr. Patel started his research career within the Biochemical Process Engineering (BPE) group at LTU. His research is centered on the development of cutting-edge biotechnological processes, with a keen focus on converting organic matter into invaluable resources such as bioenergy, biofuels, and biochemicals. Dr. Patel spearheads the microalgal-based biorefinery in his division. He is leading or co-leading research projects funded by national agencies and the EU. Dr. Patel has published over 90 articles and three books. He is s an Associate Editor and board member for several peer-reviewed journals, including BMC Biotechnology.


New Content ItemVijai Singh, PhD, Associate Editor
Vijai Singh is an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Biosciences, School of Science at Indrashil University, Rajpur, Mehsana, Gujarat, India. He was an Assistant Professor in Department of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology at the Institute of Advanced Research, Gandhinagar, India and also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology at the Invertis University, Bareilly, India. Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology, Paris, France and School of Energy & Chemical Engineering at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan, South Korea. He received his Ph.D. in Biotechnology (2009) from the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources/Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Lucknow, India. His research interests are focused on design of novel biosynthetic pathways for production of important biomolecules. His works on CRISPR-Cas9 tools for genome editing and regulation. He has more than 10 years of research and teaching experience in synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, bioinformatics, microbiology, and industrial microbiology. He has published more than 90 articles, 70 book chapters, 25 books and 3 patents. He serves as an Associate Editor and editorial board member for several peer-reviewed journals, including Microbial Cell Factories. He is also a member of the Board of Study and Academic Council of Indrashil University and is the Member Secretary of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBSC) at the same University.

See the whole Editorial Board Here