IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (TBME) publishes original contributions in any area of biomedical engineering that report novel engineering methods with demonstrated biomedical significance. Articles must contain original biomedical engineering content, including but not limited to development, theoretical analysis, critical evaluation/validation of a new experimental technique, and/or model pertinent to medicine and/or biological sciences. The goal of TBME is to publish comprehensive pieces of excellent science that engineering the medicine and biology. To be selected for publication at TBME, manuscripts must contain at least one of the two contributions: 1) a new novel engineering method which has been demonstrated to have an important impact to biomedical research or clinical applications; 2) important results that advance significantly the state of the art of biomedical research.
Readers are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts as regular papers when a work is complete. Communications articles are no longer encouraged. The LETTER format is reserved only for exceptionally novel works which deserve very fast publication. To qualify for publication, manuscripts must be previously unpublished and not be under consideration elsewhere. All manuscripts are to be submitted through the Manuscript Central. A Manuscript Central Author Guide is available.
All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal. Follow these steps to link a ScholarOne account to a registered ORCID:
- Login to ScholarOne and click on your name in the top right corner of the screen.
- Click E-mail / Name in the dropdown menu.
- In the ORCID section at the top of the page, click the appropriate link to either register for a new ORCID or associate the account with an existing ORCID.
- A new page will open to create and/or validate your ORCID. Once the validation is complete, the new page will close and you will return to ScholarOne.
- Save the changes to your ScholarOne user account.
Authors who do not have an ORCID in their ScholarOne user account will be prompted to provide one during submission.
The authors must prepare a manuscript for consideration as a Regular Paper according to the following guidelines:
All submissions must include a Cover Letter (less than 250 words) in the text box when submitting via Manuscript Central. PLEASE NOTE: this letter is only sent to the editors. Response to reviews should be submitted as a supporting document in the stage of file uploading, together with the revised manuscript.
It should state clearly the work’s innovation and significance to biomedical research.
Please confirm this manuscript is entirely original, has not been copyrighted, published, submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere.
If it is a resubmission of a previously rejected manuscript, please clearly state the rejected manuscript’s ID number.
Please note that we accept for consideration full papers that have appeared in preliminary form as conference abstracts. The authors should include a statement, often at the end of the introduction, such as “A preliminary version of this work has been reported [reference]” and cite such conference abstracts in reference. Note however that prior publication in an extensive conference paper would disqualify a manuscript for consideration for publication at TBME. We do not accept manuscripts which are similar to prior conference proceedings papers in key findings or with substantial overlap in text. Authors should check on copyright permissions if any figures were previously published in conference papers. Related conference papers published or submitted should be disclosed and submitted as a supporting document when submitting a manuscript to TBME for consideration for publication. If you would have prior conference proceedings papers related to the TBME submission, authors must include descriptions on why authors believe they represent different works as compared with the submission to TBME. They should also upload a copy of such conference papers as supporting documents.
Style and Length: All submissions must be in IEEE format. This format is for double column, single spaced text with embedded figures and tables ‐ the format required of final printed copy. The manuscripts should be converted to PDF for upload to Manuscript Central. Alternatively, Manuscript Central can convert MS Word files to PDF, but please proof-read the converted manuscript to make sure it is correct.
Structured Abstract must be less than 250 words and address the following 5 points: objective, methods, results, conclusion, and significance. If any of these is not clearly addressed, the manuscript may be returned without review.
Figures should appear embedded in the text. All the text and figures should be in one file with a size of less than 10 MB for review purpose.
References (8 point font size) should appear in a separate reference section at the end of this paper with items referred to by numerals in square brackets. References must be complete in the IEEE style as follows: a. Style for papers: Author(s), first initials followed by last name, title, periodical, volume, inclusive page numbers, month, year. b. Style for books: Author(s), title, location, publisher, year, chapter, page numbers. When there are 3 or more authors, only list the first author, e.g. “F. Author et al., …”.
Once the paper is accepted, final submission will be made through the ScholarOne Manuscript Central website, and should be made within 10 days from the acceptance. See separate instructions for how to submit final manuscripts, including electronic preprint versions.
As noted below, regular manuscripts that exceed the eight (8) published page standard will incur payment of mandatory over length page charges. Since changes recommended as a result of peer review may require additions to the manuscript, it is strongly recommended that authors practice economy in preparing original submissions. Some technical details such as math derivation or additional results may be included as online supplementary supplements. Also, note that there is a maximum length of 12 pages without explicit permission of the Editor-in-Chief.
Authors are strongly encouraged to suggest 4 potential reviewers although they may not be requested to review the particular submission.
LETTERS. Letters are a 4 page version of regular papers with expedited publication if accepted. Longer LETTERS are not permitted at all. Note that LETTERS are reserved for exceptionally novel works and authors are strongly encouraged to submit regular papers. Given that the current TBME submission to decision is about 30 days, submission of regular papers is encouraged.
COPYRIGHT. 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 and again with the finalized manuscript prior to publication. This form, a copy of which appears in issues of the transactions, returns to authors and their employers full rights to reuse their material for their own purposes. Electronic version of the copyright form
AUTHOR CONSENT FORM: An Author Consent form for manuscripts that have more than one author is also required to ensure that all the authors are aware that the paper is being submitted to the Transactions. The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society will apply sanctions against authors who are discovered to have made duplicate submissions to other journals. These sanctions are: (1) immediate rejection of the manuscript in question; (2) immediate return to the author and co-authors of any and all manuscripts currently under review; (3) prohibition against the authors/coauthors of any new submissions to any of the Society’s journals for one calendar year from date of formal notification. This form can be found at TBME Forms.
TITLE AND ABSTRACT. During the login of an electronic submission in Manuscript central, the author will be asked to enter: the title, names and contact information for all authors (full mailing address, institutional affiliations, and e-mail), the abstract. The name of the Corresponding Author who will serve as the main point of contact for the manuscript during the review and publication processes is entered separately. For manuscripts, a structured abstract of not more than 250 words is allowable. The abstract should indicate the objective of the study, methods, results, conclusions, and one sentence statement of significance to biomedical research. This will make the abstract, by itself, a useful tool for information retrieval. Please be ready with this information when logging in Manuscript Central.
FIGURES AND TABLES: These should be embedded within the text for review. Separate instructions will be given for preparation of final versions of accepted manuscripts. As computer software gives great flexibility in the creation of figures, we expect that figures, when printed both in draft and final version, will be visibly clear and clearly annotated so that they communicate easily and precisely the information intended.
PAGE CHARGES (voluntary). Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication, the author(s) or his/her/their company or institution will be asked to pay a charge of $110 per page to cover part of the cost of publication of the eight pages, which comprise the standard manuscript length (three pages for communications). Upon payment of these voluntary charges, the author will be entitled to 100 free, black and white reprints (without covers). The page charge up to 8 pages is voluntary.
MANDATORY PAGE CHARGES. The author(s) or his/her/their company or institution will be billed $250 per each page in excess of the first eight published pages for regular papers (four for Letters and ten for Reviews). These are MANDATORY charges and the author(s) will be held responsible for them. Payment of these charges is not negotiable or voluntary; the author(s) signifies willingness and acceptance of the requirement to pay mandatory page charges beyond 8 printed pages. The Publisher holds the right to withhold publication of the current submission or any future submissions from the author(s) if this charge is not honored. To avoid incurring mandatory page charges, the author(s) are strongly advised to practice economy in the original manuscript submission and restraint in preparation of the final manuscript following peer review. Additional materials may be included as online supplementary materials after peer reviews.
COLOR CHARGES: Color figures are published in the online version free of charge. For Printed Issue: Color reproduction is an additional expense and all charges for color are the responsibility of the author. Note that online e-publication of color figures is free of charge. In deciding whether to have figures reproduced in color or in black-and white in the printed issue, the following estimates should be considered. There will be a charge of $125 for each color figure; this charge may be subject to change without notification. In addition, there are printing preparation charges which may be ESTIMATED as follows: color reproductions on four or fewer pages of the manuscript: a total of approximately $1000; color reproductions on five pages through eight pages: a total of approximately $2100; color reproductions on nine through 12 pages: a total of approximately $3200, and so on. Payment of fees on color reproduction is not negotiable or voluntary, and the author’s agreement to publish the manuscript in color in TBME is considered acceptance of this requirement.
ELECTRONIC GUIDELINES. Authors are required to submit finalized manuscripts using the style files established by IEEE. Authors should follow the instructions in the IEEE Style Manual which can be downloaded from the following website:
Post-acceptance procedures: Author Proof Login website where IEEE authors can keep track of, and provide input on, their articles throughout the production process.
Post-Publication procedures – Instructions for Authors on Reprints and Special Charges