BioTreks follows and annual publication cycle, which begins by students proposing abstracts and drafting manuscripts to present at an online peer-review conference in May.  Following the conference, authors revise their manuscripts and work with editors to prepare them for publication in an October issue of the journal.  More details can be found in the Guide to Authors. The following table gives a more detailed breakdown of these events as they will unfold during the current publication cycle.

Date Event
Monday, 25 February 2019 BioTreks begins accepting abstracts. High school teams can begin submitting abstracts for the 2019 publication cycle.  Abstracts submissions will include a brief summary of the intended articles and a list of participating authors.
Friday, 29 March 2019 Abstract forms are due.  New abstract submissions for the 2019 season will not be accepted after this date.
Friday, 3 May 2019 Manuscript drafts are due. Student manuscript will be made posted online for public review and comment.
Saturday, 11 May 2019, 10:30-12:30 AM ET Online BioTreks conference. Even though the student manuscripts are available for review and edit prior to and after this date, the BioTreks conference provides a focused period in time when everyone will be online and available for real-time discussion.
Friday, 31 May 2019 Manuscripts are locked to further edits.  Following the conference, authors will have several weeks to respond to reviewer comments and make the necessary edits to their manuscripts. At the end of this period, manuscripts will be locked to students and made available to editors to complete their evaluations.
Monday, 17 June 2019 Acceptance decisions are announced.   Editors will review the completed manuscripts and decide which papers are acceptable for publication in the upcoming issue.  They will also award medals to papers which demonstrate exemplary qualities.
Monday, 9 September 2019 Page proofs are released. Students will be given two weeks to review and accept the changes recommended by our proofreaders.
Monday, 28 October 2019 Completed manuscripts are published online.