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Aims and scope

The journal focuses on new findings and innovative scientific advances in all aspects of collagen (the main component of animal skin) and leather, aiming to provide a platform for both scientists and engineers to address and discuss the theoretical and practical problems encountered in in leather manufacture and novel utilizations of collagen. It also reports progressive achievements on chemistry, material science, biotechnology, biomaterials, environmental protection, chemical engineering and other related disciplines that can promote the leather industry and collagen material fabrication.

The journal publishes high-quality original research papers, short communications, perspectives and invited reviews. Relevant subject areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Fundamental researches of collagen
  • Collagen biomaterials
  • Collagen functional materials
  • Novel utilization of collagen
  • Collagen utilization in food industry
  • Tanning chemistry
  • Leather chemicals
  • Novel technology of leather manufacture
  • Polymeric materials and coating technology
  • Cleaner production and environmental management
  • Transdisciplinary researches related with collagen and leather
  • Biomass conversion and renewable materials

Open access

All articles published by the Collagen and Leather are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in the Collagen and Leather you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

The publication costs for Collagen and Leather are covered by Sichuan University so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

Indexing Services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink. We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in Collagen and Leather will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Collagen and Leather operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous. Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Citing articles in Collagen and Leather

Articles in Collagen and Leather should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Collagen & Leather [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Yin, S., Zhang, Y., Zhang, X. et al.: High-strength collagen/delphinidin film incorporated with Vaccinium oxycoccus pigment for active and intelligent food packaging. Collagen & Leather 2023, 5:11.

5:11 refers to article 11 from Volume 5 of the journal.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Collagen and Leather should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Once your article is accepted, it will be processed by production and published shortly afterwards. In some cases, articles may be held for a short period of time prior to publication. If you have any concerns or particular requirements please contact the Journal.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should follow the procedure outlined in the BMC Editorial Policies.

Benefits of publishing with SpringerOpen

High visibility

Collagen and Leather's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Collagen and Leather offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Collagen and Leather and SpringerOpen.


Online publication in Collagen and Leather gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Collagen and Leather are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Collagen and Leather may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Collagen and Leather


Authors of articles published in Collagen and Leather retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact

    6.7 - CiteScore

    20 days to first decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    21 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only (Median)

    56,705 downloads (2022)

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