New Year Message from the Editor-in-Chief
Bin He, University of Minnesota, USA, Volume 62, Issue 1, Page:3
Happy New Year and welcome to 2015! It is my great pleasure to report that TBME has continued doing well in 2014. Thanks to the editors and reviewers, whose dedication keeps TBME running efficiently every day and to ensure publication of only the best in TBME. Thanks to our authors for submitting their major discoveries and innovations, which continue to define the field of BME and reflect the nature and reputation of TBME. TBME has been ranked in the top 7 among more than 170 biomedical engineering journals according to the H-index. Based on the most recent IEEE Submission-to-ePublication Report, TBME was ranked in the top 20% among 123 IEEE publications. In the past year, TBME received 2066 submissions from 66 countries with an average time from submission to first decision being 30 days. The overall acceptance rate was 20.32%.
In 2014, the TBME website continued to provide exciting feature stories, interesting Research Highlights, useful conference information, guidelines and tools. It attracted 35,447 viewers from 142 countries and had 152,226 page views. To increase the journal’s awareness, TBME Monthly Research Highlights has been distributed broadly to the biomedical engineering community.
TBME was one of the first journals devoted to biomedical engineering. To celebrate the journal’s 60th anniversary, TBME invited 20 leading research groups to contribute to the 60th Anniversary Special Issue (Volume 61, Issue 5). This special issue reviewed the state of the art and trends in biomedical engineering research and outlined the role that TBME has played in advancing the field over the past 60 years. In the first 6 months, the total downloads for this special issue reached 14,589. Average downloads for each article numbered 729.
TBME continues to attract high quality papers reporting innovations across a broad spectrum of biomedical engineering research. We understand that a journal’s success depends on its authors’ success. We urge our authors to better present their work for a broad readership. TBME strives to publish comprehensive pieces of work with engineering innovations addressing significant biomedical problems. To better reflect our authors’ scientific work, we will make the following format changes to enhance each article’s awareness, readability, and potential impact.
A) Structured Abstract: Must be fewer than 250 words and explicitly address the following five points: Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusion, and Significance. Include critical findings of your work and its impact.
B) Conclusion: Each TBME article must include a conclusion section elaborating the major findings and significance of the work, as well as applications. This section should not exceed 300 words.
C) Reference: It is important to provide detailed references to relevant archival literature, which would improve the overall impact for TBME and our community. To save the space for references, if there are 3 or more authors, only the 1st author’s name should be spelled out, e.g. A. Smith et al.
An updated template file is available on the TBME website on page “For Authors”. Authors may also wish to take advantage of online supplementary materials to publish (at no cost to authors) additional results or detailed derivation of equations.
This issue marks the first issue of the 62nd year of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. We are working hard to keep improving the impact and quality of TBME. In 2015 we will continue to promote creativity and innovation and welcome contributions of excellent science that integrates engineering, medicine, and biology. Again, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year.