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 August issue of the journal.  More details can be found in the Guide to Authors. The following table gives a detailed breakdown of these events as they will unfold during the current publication cycle.

In 2024, we’ll be charging teams $180.00 per paper to participate in BioTreks.  This one-time registration fee is required to cover costs associated with reviewing and editing the manuscripts, preparing the page layouts, and publishing the papers online.

Date Event
4 March 2024 Registration opens. Teams can begin submitting abstracts for the 2024 publication cycle.  Abstracts submissions should include a brief summary of the intended articles and a list of participating authors. Register here.
30 March 2024, 12 PM ET Registration closes. New abstract submissions for the 2024 season will not be accepted after 12 PM ET on this date.
27 April 2024, 12 PM ET Manuscript drafts are due. Student manuscripts will be locked to further edits and posted for review by judges and other participants.
4 May 2024, 10:30 AM  – 12:30 PM 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.
25 May 2024, 12 PM ET Manuscripts are finalized.  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 judges to complete their evaluations.
10 June 2024 Acceptance decisions are announced.   Judges will review the completed manuscripts and decide which papers are acceptable for publication in the upcoming issue.  They will also award badges to papers that demonstrate exemplary qualities.
8 July 2024 Page proofs are released. Students will be given five days to review and comment on the page proofs.
26 August 2024 Manuscripts are published online.
10 February 2025 Schedule posted for BioTreks 2025!