Information for Authors

IEEE REVIEWS IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (R-BME) publishes critical reviews dealing with biomedical engineering, applied biophysics and clinical applications driven by technology.

The goal of the Methodological Reviews is to present a critical review of current and emerging methods important in biomedical engineering, understood in its most general sense. These methodological reviews will be authored by the top experts in topics to be covered by the review. The most useful reviews are the ones that relate various methods conceptually, present validation among them according to accepted metrics, evaluate pros and cons and comment on future directions. These papers will be up to 15 pages long with at least 100 references and no more than 150 references. The target audience is biomedical Ph.D. students, academic researchers, and design engineers in the industry. Example to illustrate the concept would be a review of “Methods of gene expression data analysis”.

The goal of Clinical Application Reviews is to present a critical review of methods applied to a current clinical problem, where biomedical technology is playing a crucial role. The article should be written from an organ/system’s physical modeling or clinical perspective point of view, i.e. dealing with the physical properties and/or clinical issues and then covering the methods. These application reviews should preferably be authored by a team including biomedical engineers and one or more clinicians. The most useful reviews will start by explaining the clinical problem, its variables and how one of several competing biomedical technologies are playing a role, their pros and cons, discussion of bottlenecks and what needs to be done to overcome them. These papers will be up to 15 page long, and will have at least 100 references and no more than 150 references, divided between clinical and bioengineering. The writing style will be at the “Scientific American” level. The target audience is clinicians, design engineers in the industry, and academic researchers/graduate students. An example of this type of papers is “Multimodal brain imaging for the diagnostic of Alzheimer disease.”

Reviews are invited by the Editor in Chief (EiC) or submitted by interested authors. Unsolicited submissions will be screened by editorial board members to evaluate the manuscript in terms of quality and potential impact. If a submission is deemed not fitting to R-BME, the decision will be communicated to authors promptly. All manuscripts, invited contributions or unsolicited submissions, must be previously unpublished and not be under consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts will ONLY be accepted in electronic format through Manuscript Central. Please go to the Manuscript Central website to find instructions to create an account and electronically submit your manuscript. Do not send original submissions or revisions directly to the Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editors. If you are unable to submit your contribution electronically, please contact the Managing Editor at


For purposes of qualifying for peer review and consideration for publication, authors must submit a properly executed copyright form in favor of IEEE, sign an Author consent form, agree to a mandatory page charge for overlength manuscripts or color figures, and prepare a manuscript according to the following guidelines:

1. The manuscript may be in any format for the initial submission, but revisions must be submitted with single spaced, double column IEEE format. The manuscript including the figures should be converted to PDF for upload to ScholarOne.  Authors may consult RBME Template to prepare manuscripts for submission.

2. The abstract must be no more than 200 words.

3. References are particularly important in Review papers and will be subject to review. Authors should attempt to do an exhaustive search of the literature, and the norm will be to have a reference list of over 100 papers. The references 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:

  • Style for papers: Author(s), first initials followed by last name, title, periodical, volume, inclusive page numbers, month, year.

For papers of 3 or more authors, only list the first author followed by “et al.”.

  • Style for books: Author(s), title, location, publisher, year, chapter, page numbers.

4. Revised manuscripts must be submitted in single-spaced, double-column format using 9 point type, with figures embedded, following IEEE Format. The submission of revisions following IEEE format will serve as confirmation of the publication length of the manuscript at submission, and as indication for authors to pay over length page charges.

As noted below, manuscripts that exceed the fifteen (15) published pages for Methodological Reviews or fifteen (15) published pages for Clinical Applications will incur payment of mandatory overlength 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. Exceptions to the page limit may be granted by the Editor-in-Chief only.

Do not send original artwork until you are notified to do so, if and when your paper is accepted for publication.

5. All manuscripts accepted for publication will REQUIRE the authors to make the final submission employing the style files. Please see the detailed guidelines at the IEEE Editorial Style Manual.

Peer Review Process

All submissions will be reviewed by external peer reviewers if and after passing the screening process. Both technical quality and broader impact of the manuscripts will be considered during the review process. Only manuscripts receiving enthusiastic reviewers support will be further considered at each round of review.


It is the policy of the IEEE to own 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 the United States Copyright Law, authors are required to sign a digital version of the IEEE Copyright Form upon acceptance of the manuscript. Authors will automatically be redirected to the eCF (electronic Copyright Form) after they have submitted the final files. The eCF makes signing a publishing agreement easy. The form will determine which agreement meets your needs and enable you to complete it on-screen.

More information can be found at Questions can be directed to

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. Download the Author Consent Form.

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, phone, fax, and e-mail), the abstract, and the TIPS category. 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, an abstract of not more than 200 words is allowable. The abstract should indicate the scope of the paper, and summarize the author’s conclusions. This will make the abstract, by itself, a useful tool for information retrieval. Please be ready with this information when logging in Manuscript Central.


All submissions must be classified by the author with the Engineering TIPS (Technical Interest Profiling System) selected from the list of TIPS published in the EMBS website. The Engineering TIPS category must be entered during login to Manuscript Central. Only one Engineering TIPS category will be considered, and it should reflect the paper focus.

Illustrations and Tables

Illustrations/tables may be worked into the text of a newly-submitted manuscript, or placed at the end of the manuscript. However, due to production requirements, for the final submission, illustrations/tables must be submitted separately, and not interwoven with the text. In the printing process, illustrations/tables may be reduced to one-column or two-column width–as much as a 4:1 reduction from the original. In illustrations, all words (as distinct from mathematical symbols) should be in capital letters and in a type size that will reduce to a minimum of 9 points or 3/16 in. high in the printed version. Sharp, laser-printed illustrations are acceptable; however, illustrations produced on dot-matrix printers should be redrawn. Only the major grid lines on graphs should be indicated. Each figure and table should have a caption that is intelligible without requiring reference to the text. Table and illustration captions should also be typed in a separate list and appended to the manuscript. See Electronic Guidelines below for further information.

Computer-Generated Images

If a manuscript includes computer-generated images, each copy of the submitted manuscript should include originals of these images. These should take the form of gray-scale images or color images. Printing of illustrations in color will be at the expense of the author. Halftones produced by laser printers (300 dpi) generally are not of acceptable quality and are susceptible to moire patterns when re-sized and screened. To conserve space in the publication, most illustrations are reduced to single-column width. However, the quality of the published image is of paramount importance. Author guidance is sought on the image size necessary to discern the level of detail the author believes is required. Thus, for each image, please specify a suggested publication width.

Page Charges

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. Upon payment of these voluntary, the author will be entitled to 100 free, black-and-white reprints (without covers). Download the Page Charges Consent Form.

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 15 published pages. 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 acceptance of the requirement to pay mandatory page charges by submitting a single-spaced, double column IEEE formatted manuscript when submit revised manuscripts. 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 revised manuscript following peer review.

Color Charges

Color figures are automatically posted in color on the IEEE Xplore website free of charge. The color-in-print charge is a flat rate of $275 per figure. The corresponding author of the article has the opportunity to address the color-in-print option during an “Article Setup” step. All invoices and payments are handled through an automated payment portal system. The payment portal allows various payment types such as credit card, bank wire transfers, check, preapproved waivers, special payment circumstances, and third party billing.

Please note that these are costs for color printing and do not include page charges or reprint charges, which must be paid separately. Once your paper is received at the IEEE, a staff editor will contact you with specific instructions on how to proceed with color figures.

Download the Color Figure Consent Form.

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