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Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery – Overcoming Biological Barriers: Topical and transdermal drug delivery

About the special issue

Biological barriers throughout the body present significant challenges for successful drug delivery. Due to the limitations of current methods, novel strategies are constantly evolving to overcome these shortcomings. Therefore, Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery is excited to announce the 2023 Special Issue Series – “Overcoming biological barriers”.

The first issue in this series will focus on the biological barrier of the skin. The skin is a very appealing site for local and systemic drug delivery due to accessibility, convenience, and efficacy. Therefore, the field of transdermal and topical drug delivery is rapidly advancing.

With contributions from world-class key opinion leaders across academia and industry, the issue will cover all aspects of topical and transdermal drug delivery. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

– Skin permeabilization methods

– Penetration enhancers

– Ultrasound

– Magnetophoresis

– Electrical techniques (Electroporation, Iontophoresis)

– Velocity based devices (Powder injection, Jet injectors)

– Acoustic methods (Sonophoresis)

– Thermal approaches (Lasers; Radio-Frequency Heating)

– Mechanical techniques (Microneedles; Tape stripping)

– Nanodelivery systems

– Nanoemulsions

– Liposomes

– Nanostructured lipid carriers

– Solid lipid nanoparticles

– Smart wearable technologies

– Combinations of approaches

The issue welcomes authors to submit relevant editorials, reviews, technology evaluations, interviews, and original research. The benefit of publishing as part of a special issue is that the articles included often receive more views and higher citation numbers. If you are interested in contributing, or would like to learn more, then please reach out to the Commissioning Editor, Zoe Kenney, who will be happy to assist.

Submission information

Submission Deadlines:

Standard track deadline: 12th January 2023

Rapid track deadline: 28th February 2023

Fast track deadline: 28th March 2023


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Submission to acceptance: 2 – 3 weeks
1 – 2 weeks for peer review
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Acceptance to online publication: 1 – 2 weeks, with proofs within 5 working days and 48 hours for author review

Cost per article: $7000 / €6200 / £5500

Publish in 7 – 9 weeks from submission

Submission to acceptance: 5 – 6 weeks
3 – 4 weeks for peer review
2 weeks for author revision

Acceptance to online publication: 2 – 3 weeks, with proofs within 10 working days

Cost per article: $3900 / €3400 / £3000


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