BioTreks follows an 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.

In 2021, we will be asking teams to contribute $60 to register for the online conference and $90 to publish an accepted manuscript.  These charges will help us sustain and improve the program in the coming years.

Date Event
Monday, 1 March 2021 BioTreks begins accepting abstracts. Teams can begin submitting abstracts for the 2021 publication cycle.  Abstracts submissions will include a brief summary of the intended articles and a list of participating authors. Register here.
Friday, 9 April 2021 Abstract forms are due. New abstract submissions for the 2021 season will not be accepted after this date.
Friday, 30 April 2021 Manuscript drafts are due. Student manuscript will be posted online for public review and comment.
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 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, 4 June 2021 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, 28 June 2021 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, 11 October 2021 Page proofs are released. Students will be given five days to review and comment on the final page proofs.
Monday, 25 October 2021 Completed manuscripts are published online.
Monday, 28 February 2022 Registration begins for BioTreks 2022!