Biomaterials Science 10th Anniversary Reviewer Spotlight- Yongzhuo Huang

Biomaterials Science is delighted to recognise our outstanding reviewers for their support and significant contributions to the journal. As part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations, we are highlighting some of our most loyal reviewers in a ‘Reviewer Spotlight’ series. We are grateful to all our reviewers and appreciate the dedication and support they give to the journal.

Yongzhuo Huang is a Biomaterials Science reviewer and has received an outstanding reviewer award for his contributions to the journal in 2019. Find out more about Yongzhuo below and read his interview about his experiences of being a reviewer.


Yongzhuo Huang is currently a Professor of Pharmaceutics at the Shanghai Institute for Materia Medica at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Zhejiang University and then conducted postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. He focuses on application of drug delivery technology to explore the new therapeutic mechanisms and strategies in cancer and inflammation diseases. He is interested in targeted drug delivery, transdermal delivery, and protein delivery.

He has published over 150 articles, and supervised/co-supervised 50 graduates, 20 PhD students, and 8 postdoctoral researchers.

He is an editor of International Journal of Pharmaceutics, and serves in the advisory or editorial boards of Nano Letters, Journal Controlled Release, Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B, Cancer Biology & Medicine and Medicine in Drug Discovery. He has also served as a Guest Editor for various theme issues, including the issue of “Biomimetic Therapeutics” in Biomaterials Science (2019). He is an active reviewer for over 120 scientific journals.


1. What encouraged you to become a reviewer for Biomaterials Science?

Biomaterials Science is a well-respected journal covering multidisciplinary areas. I like to keep myself posted on the up-to-date cutting-edge research to be published in the journal. Moreover, I have authored a number of articles in BM, and thanks to the excellent reviewers, their valuable comments did help me a lot improve the quality of the articles. As a way to give back, I am more than happy to serve as a reviewer for BM. 


2. What would you recommend to new reviewers to ensure their report is helpful?

When I review a manuscript, I often ask myself what I will do if I am going to conduct a similar study. I will compare the plan conceived in my mind with the work in the manuscript and try to find out the pros and cons. Originality and solidness is two essential criteria to evaluate a manuscript. If a reviewer can provide a detailed analysis of originality of the work and solidness of the experiments will be helpful for the authors to improve their work and for the editors to make a decision. Please treat a manuscript in a way what you want yours to be treated.


3. Has being a reviewer affected how you approach the preparation of your recent manuscripts?

Yes. I do learn a lot from being a reviewer. When a manuscript leaves me a deep impression, I would try to find out which elements stick in my mind. From a critical reading of a manuscript, I can appreciate the well-organized structure, clear presentation, and the way to prepare the beautiful schemes and figures. Such experience will affect my manuscript-writing, in various aspects.


You can find out more about Yongzhuo and his research on his webpage.

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