Editorial Policy

The goal of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (TBME) is to publish comprehensive pieces of excellent science that reports novel engineering methods with demonstrated biomedical significance, or major works advancing significantly state of the art in biomedical engineering. We are interested in manuscripts which will have broad appeal to the entire field of biomedical engineering. Topics include, but are not limited, to the following: biomedical signal processing, biomedical imaging and image processing, bioinstrumentation, biosensors, bio-micro/nano technology, bioinformatics and computational biology, biomedical modeling and computing, cardiovascular engineering, neural and rehabilitation engineering, cellular and tissue engineering and biomaterials, biomechanics, robotics, therapeutic and diagnostic systems, devices and technologies, clinical engineering, healthcare information systems and telemedicine, and other emerging topics in biomedical engineering.

To qualify for publication, submitted manuscripts must be previously unpublished and must not be under consideration elsewhere. A submission will be first screened by one or two members of the editorial board in terms of novelty, quality and appropriateness (see above paragraph) and may return the manuscript immediately if it does not meet minimum standards of quality, originality, and appropriateness. Manuscripts passing the screening process will be sent out for full external review. Manuscripts will ONLY be accepted in electronic format through the ScholarOne Manuscript Central. Click “Submit Manuscript” on the TBME website to go to the ScholarOne Manuscript Central, where you can find instructions to create an account and electronically submit your manuscript. Do not send original submissions or revisions directly to the Editor-in-Chief. If you are unable to submit your contribution electronically, please contact TBME Editorial office at: tbme-office@embs.org.

Manuscripts: For purposes of qualifying for peer review and consideration for publication, authors should prepare a manuscript according to the TBME instructions. A MS WORD template can be downloaded.

The manuscript must contain a structured abstract of less than 250 words and index terms (keywords), including objective, methods, results, conclusion, and significance of the work. The manuscript must also contain a Conclusion section of no more than 300 words.

All new submissions must include a Cover Letter (placed in the designated text box), stating the innovation of the work and biomedical significance of the findings.

Submission of a previously rejected manuscript is discouraged, unless the decision letter indicates resubmission is an option.

All submissions will be prescreened by editors immediately after they are submitted and before they are transmitted to referees for evaluation. Submissions not passing the prescreening by editors will be rejected without sending out for external peer review.

The LETTER format is reserved only for exceptionally novel works which deserve very fast review and publication. It must report exceptional results of biomedical importance, and will be scheduled in the next available printed issue once accepted. LETTER can be up to 4 pages printed pages.

Single-spaced pages and figures appearing within the text should be used for peer review. Figures and tables must be clearly numbered and captioned. Follow IEEE guidelines for graphics to prepare high quality line art images.

References in the IEEE style should appear in a separate reference section at the end of the paper with items referred to by numerals in square brackets. References with 3 or more authors should only list the first author, such as “F. Author et al., ….”.

The authors should submit the complete paper that includes the text, figures and tables to the ScholarOne Manuscripts Central in one PDF or Word file (less than 10 MB in size). Providing multimedia files as supporting materials is optional.

Additional materials may be included as online supplementary materials.

If and when a paper is accepted for publication, the authors must submit a properly executed IEEE copyright form, sign an author consent form, agree to a mandatory page charge for overlength manuscripts or color figures. Please use the link above to download forms.

 By policy, IEEE owns the copyright to the technical contributions it publishes on behalf of the interests of the IEEE, its authors, and their employers; and to facilitate the appropriate reuse of this material by others. To comply with United States copyright law, authors are required to sign and submit a completed IEEE Copyright Form with their original submissions. IEEE returns to authors and their employers full rights to reuse their material for their own purposes. Electronic submission of the IEEE Copyright Form can be accomplished online. Instructions are available at http://www.ieee.org/web/publications/rights/copyrightmain.html.

Page Charges and Reprints: Published papers that exceed eight printed journal pages will incur mandatory overlength page charges.

  • 8 pages or fewer:  only voluntary page charges ($110/page)
  • 9 -12 pages:  mandatory page charges ($250/page)
  • >12 pages: requires special permission from Editor-in-Chief


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