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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Author Guidelines

Regenerative Research is the platform for rapid publication of high-quality research articles on the full spectrum of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research, integrating life sciences, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, clinical and translational studies. We consider publications for an original research article, short communications, review article and case report.

  • Title of the manuscript
  • Abstract (Structured & 250 words) and Keywords 
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Figure Legends  

 The original article should not exceed 6000-word count, 4-7 figures/table in combined and 50 references.  

Short Communications  

Short Communication is a brief report that presents original and significant research data.  It is not meant for publishing preliminary or incomplete results but to provide a platform for rapid dissemination of new and valuable data. 

The manuscript should be  organised according to the following headings: 

  • Title of the manuscript
  • Abstract (Unstructured & 150 words) and Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results and Discussion (Combined)
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Figure legends

The short communications should not exceed 3000-word count, 3-5 figures/tables in combined and 20 references.

Review Article 

It is an expert report, providing critical analysis and recent information on a given speciality.  

The manuscript file should be organised according to the following headings: 

  • Title of the manuscript 
  • Abstract (Unstructured & 150 words) and Keywords 
  • Introduction 
  • Relevant section headings of the author’s choice 
  • Conclusions 
  • References 

The review article should not exceed 6000-word count, 0-4 figures/tables in combined and  there should be an adequate number of references to support the review.  

Case Report  

Case reports should contribute to the medical knowledge and must have educational value or highlight the need for a change in clinical practice or diagnostic/prognostic approaches.  

The manuscript file should be organised according to the following headings: 

  • Title of the manuscript 
  • Abstract (Unstructured & 150 words) and Keywords  
  • Introduction
  • Case Report
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • Reference 
  • Figure legends  

The length manuscript should not exceed 1500 words, 3-4 figures/tables in combined and 5 references.  


It is to be stated that any manuscript not complying the stated instructions of the journal will be returned to the author for correction without further processing. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. The authors would be held entirely responsible for any such incident. Any part of the article submitted to this journal should not be published anywhere else. The corresponding author should register on the journal website, providing all the necessary information before submitting the article. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Copyright Assignment and Conflict of Interest Form, duly signed by the corresponding author. The text should be written in standard grammatical British English with MS office word. All portions of the article must be typed double spaced. Any abbreviation, symbol or legend used should be defined clearly. All pages should be numbered, starting from the title page. All manuscript submission should be comprised of the following documents:

  1. Title page
  2. Main manuscript 
  3. Tables and figures

The title page of the original article should have:

  • A full title of the article in sentence case without abbreviation. The title should be clear, informative and specific about the content of the article. 
  • The title shall be concise, ideally less than 80 characters. Avoid acronyms, abbreviations and jargons.
  • The first name, middle name (if applicable) and surname of all authors are required. Affiliations of all authors must be provided. The address shall be updated if there is any change.

Example as follow:

Satar Jabbar Rahi Algraittee1, 2, Rajesh Ramasamy1

1Stem Cell & Immunity Research Group, Immunology Laboratory, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

2Department of Medical Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Kerbala, 46001 Kerbala City, Iraq

  • The corresponding author shall be clearly stated, and the electronic mail address of the corresponding author shall be provided. 

Corresponding Author: 

Assoc. Prof. Dr Rajesh Ramasamy

Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia



The main manuscript or the text should contain the following details

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction 
  • Methods and materials
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgement
  • Legends for table and figures 
  • References

The text should follow Arial font, size 11 with double-line spacing. The page margins for left, right, top and bottom should be 2.54 cm (1 inch). Do not use tabs or indents to start a paragraph. Ensure the page numbering and line numbering is enabled. Aligned text left. 


  • The abstract of the original article manuscript should concisely demonstrate the background, methods, key findings of the work and significance of the study.
  • Abbreviations shall be spelt out at the first use.
  • Do not include footnotes or references.
  • Abstracts for original articles should follow the structured format; with the heading of Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusion. The word count should not exceed 250 words. 
  • Abstract for Short Communications, Review article, Commentary and Case report should follow the unstructured format.  The word count should not exceed 150 words. 


  • Below the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords that will be used in assisting the cross-indexing of the article. 
  • Keywords should be the most relevant terms found in the title or the abstract. 


  • The introduction of an original article should clearly state the research problem the current study attempted to address with relevant literature and the way to solve the problem. 
  • The introduction should be clear so that scientists from a broad area of expertise can easily understand.
  • Introduction for Short Communications, Review article, Commentary and Case report should state the reason(s) for needing this Short Communications, or Review, or Commentary. 
  • Detail the relevance to readers of the Regenerative Research in both immediate directly and indirectly associated fields/areas.

Materials and Methods 

  • Materials and Methods of an original article should be described or outlined with clear and sufficient details to be reproducible. 
  • Should be written in the past tense. 
  • Methods that have been published should be mentioned and cited. 
  • The genuinely new methods should be described with precise information to replicate. 
  • Any modification to the conventional methods should be declared in brief and cited. 
  • Trade name and name, state, country of manufacturers should be mentioned. Subheadings can be used to segregates different methodologies.
  • Where the Institutional Regulatory Board (IRB) approval was required, including both clinical studies and animal studies or in vitro studies which involved human or non-human tissues/biopsies, provide an ethics statement as part of the Materials and Methods section. 
  • Full information related to the ethics approval (including the granting organization and the approval reference number) and a statement on informed consent (if human tissues/biopsies are used in the study) should be included
  • Statistical methods: The methods for all the statistical analysis should be fully described in sufficient detail (including the test performed, the corresponding test statistic, degree of freedom, the p-value. 
  • The word “significant” should be used only if a result is statistically significant. A p value or confidence interval should be cited in the text for any statistically significant finding reported; wherever possible, exact p values should be given.
  • The Materials and Methods for Review article and Commentary should state the full process by which you ensure the coverage of the literature was comprehensive and unbiased.


  • The result of an original article should clearly and precisely describe the findings of the experiment. 
  • It should be relevant to the purpose of the study and should be explained without referring to the literature. Discuss or interpretation of the result prohibited in this section.
  • The uploaded statistical figures, where applicable, shall overlay the bar charts with scatter plots showing individual data points, or use other alternative methods to show the distribution of the data, such as boxplots, volcano plots, etc. 
  • If you have primary cropped gel pictures, then you must also upload the full-length uncropped images as a supplemental file (as a zip file if more than one files). If the zip file is oversized, you can upload to FigShare and provide the link to the reviewer in the supplementary file sections.


  • For an original article, it shall start with the most crucial finding first.In this section, link the findings in your study to any previous studies and interpret how these findings add value and reason why the results differ from what was previously reported.
  • The discussion should be relevant to the stated problem and should clearly mention the findings of the experiments and future directions. 
  • Include the stretch and weaknesses/ limitations and or unexpected outcomes of the study.
  • State if there are any inconclusive findings.


  • In an original article, it shall concisely state the significant findings linking to the research question, study objective(s) or hypothesis. 
  • Summarize the findings and contributions to existing knowledge and limitations. 
  • Suggest future directions.
  • For Short Communications, Review article, Commentary and Case report, it shall identify unresolved questions/gaps/future directions.


  • People, institute, grants, funds etc. could be acknowledged and should be brief. 
  • People who have contributed to the study but not qualified as an author shall be included in the acknowledgement. 

Figure legends 

  • Legends should start with a title and should have a description. 
  • Non-standard abbreviations should be listed. Non-standard abbreviations would be only used If the term is very long and is being used often. 
  • Only recommended SI units should be used. Standard abbreviations (DNA, ATP etc) need not to be listed.


  • Regenerative Research uses the “Vancouver” style for citation and bibliography. A number is assigned to each reference as it is used. The original number assigned to the reference is used each time that reference is cited in the text. The first reference cited would be numbered 1 in the text, and the second reference cited would be numbered 2, and so on. 

Standard Format for Journal Articles: 

Author Surname Initials. Title of the article. Title of journal abbreviated. Year of Publication: Volume Number (Issue Number): Page Numbers. 

Journal article 1-6 authors  

Ramasamy R, Tong CK, Yip WK, Vellasamy S, Tan BC, Seow HF. Basic fibroblast growth factor modulates cell cycle of human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Cell Prolif. 2012;45(2):132-9.  

Journal article with more than 6 authors  

Abdullah M, Chai PS, Chong MY, Tohit ERM, Ramasamy R, Pei CP, et al. Gender effect on in vitro lymphocyte subset levels of healthy individuals. Cellular Immunology. 2012;272(2):214-9. 

Journal article in press  

Clancy JL, Patel HR, Hussein SM, Tonge PD, Cloonan N, Corso AJ, et al. Small RNA changes enroute to distinct cellular states of induced pluripotency. Nature communications.2014; 5:5522.Epub 2014/12/11. 

Standard Format for Books:

For book references, writers’ names would be followed by the name of the chapter (If applicable), book name, edition, publisher’s name, year of publication and the page number. They must be presented according to the following examples:

Ayers ML, Beamis JF Jr. Rigid bronchoscopy in the twenty-first century. Clin Chest Med. 2001;22:355-64.

Ginsberg RJ, Vokes EE, Ruben A. Non-small cell lung cancer. Cancer: principles and practice of oncology, 5th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1997: 858-911.

For edited book reference, the reference shall be listed as follow:

Duncan, G. J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (Eds.). (1997). Mesenchymal stem cells. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation. 

For ebook, the reference shall be listed as follow:

Mesenchymal stem cells. (2019). Stem cells and tissue engineering. Retrieved from


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