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IET Synthetic Biology

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IET Synthetic Biology

All research published in IET Synthetic Biology is free to download via the IET Digital Library during 2007.


Synthetic Biology is a new interdisciplinary endeavour which involves the recruitment of engineering principles to biology. Simple biological elements can be adopted as reusable, components, which are well characterised and can be used for the construction of more complex devices and systems. The approach allows the biological application of engineering concepts such as modularity, abstraction and insulation from underlying detail. The reuse of modular components also facilitates software modelling, and work in the field is promoting parallel developments in computer software. New students and workers are coming into the field from very diverse areas, and need to come to grips with the nitty-gritty of unfamiliar biological systems, engineering tools and computer sciences. There is a demand for specialised coverage of this new field, including educational and review materials. IET Synthetic Biology will aim to support this growing new community.

The journal will publish conventional research papers in synthetic biology. It will also provide a ?nuts and bolts? view of this new field, and will provide review and educational materials. In particular, we wish to support the activities of young workers entering the synthetic biology field.

iGEM 2006

The focus of the first issue of the journal is on the 2006 iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) competition. iGEM is an international arena where student teams compete to design and assemble engineered machines using advanced genetic components and technologies. Please read the specific instructions on writing and submitting a report based on your team?s iGEM entry (pdf).

Citing this journal
IET Synthetic Biology is usually cited by the abbreviated title ‘IET Synth Biol.’ Every article in this journal is assigned a Crossref DOI, which is displayed below the article abstract.

Author and Reader Benefits

  • Volume 1 freely available online throughout 2007 via the IET Digital Library
  • Rapid times to decision (typically less than 16 weeks)
  • Online submission and tracking
  • Rapid publication with advance online publication
  • Worldwide readership and database coverage (including Inspec)

The IET Research Journals are available in print and online in advance of printed publication on the IET Digital Library. IET Research Journals are also available as part of the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL).

Publication Information

IET Synthetic Biology Cover


  • Print: 1752-1394
  • Online: 1752-1408


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