TBME presents

General information for authors

AIMS AND SCOPE: Basic and applied papers dealing with biomedical engineering. Papers range from engineering development in methods and techniques with biomedical applications to experimental and clinical investigations with engineering contributions.

The goal of 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, biomechanics, robotics, therapeutic and diagnostic systems, devices and technologies, clinical engineering, healthcare information systems and telemedicine, and other emerging topics in biomedical engineering

Manuscript Submission: The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual. Each published article was reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a single-blind peer review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors. Articles will be screened for plagiarism before acceptance.

All manuscripts must be submitted to Manuscript Central

Submissions of manuscripts are required to be in IEEE format. Please follow the Template Instructions to create your paper with a MS WORD template or a LATEX template.  The file size for initial manuscript submission must be less than 20MB. Authors will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal. Please visit Prepare and Submit Manuscript for details and ScholarOne Manuscripts Author Guide and ScholarOne Email Formatting Rules for more information.

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Open Access: This publication is a hybrid journal, allowing either Traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays OA) manuscript submission. Upon submission, if you choose to have your manuscript be an Open Access article, you commit to pay the $2,045 OA fee if your manuscript is accepted for publication in order to enable unrestricted public access. Any other application charges, such as overlength page charge, will be billed separately once the manuscript formatting is complete but prior to the publication. If you would like your manuscript to be a Traditional submission, your article will be available to qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. No OA payment is required for Traditional submission.

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 to cover part of the cost of publication of a paper that is below the page limit, as noted below. Upon payment of these voluntary charges, the author will be entitled to 100 free, black and white reprints (without covers). The page charge for up to 8 pages is voluntary.

The page limits are: Regular paper – eight pages; Communication – three pages; Letter – four pages; and Review paper – ten pages. There is a mandatory overlength page fee for pages above the page limit: @$250/page for the first two overlength pages and @$350/page for each of the remaining overlength pages.

There is a $2,045 Hybrid OA fee for 8-page manuscripts.

EMB members receive a 15% discount.

The author(s) or his/her/their company or institution will be billed the mandatory page 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. The Page Charge form can be found in TBME Forms. 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.

Disclosure of Financial Support and Author- and Project-Related Conflicts of Interest: We require the full disclosure of financial support for the project as well as any financial and personal relationships of the author that could create even the appearance of bias in the published work. The following must appear in the acknowledgments section of the paper.

  • The acknowledgments must disclose any agency or individual that provided financial support for the work, regardless of source. Examples include but are not limited to universities, governmental funding agencies, private foundations, and public and private companies.
  • The acknowledgments must disclose any personal or financial or employment relationship between any author and the sources of financial support for the work. These requirements include financial interests of the author in any company that may be licensing, patenting, or using results from the published work at the time of or prior to the date of manuscript acceptance.
  • The editors reserve the right to ask the authors of a study funded by an agency with a proprietary or financial interest in the outcome to include in the acknowledgments a statement regarding the integrity of the work. An example statement would be “The authors had full access to all of the data, devices, and materials used in this study and take complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis and interpretation of outcomes.”

Protection of Human and Animal Subjects: Internationally recognized conventions exist for the protection of human subjects and standards for animal research.

  • If the published work utilizes human subjects, authors must indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that an appropriate institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.
  • If the published work utilizes animal subjects (including animal sources for in vitro research), authors must indicate whether the institutional and national guides for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed. The institutional committees that provide such oversight and/or the published guidelines must be acknowledged.

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.  If you have any questions regarding IEEE copyrights, please contact IEEE Intellectual Property Rights Department at: copyrights@ieee.org.

EMBS offers discounted Open Access publishing. See our FAQ on Open Access. The Open Access Copyright Form is not required if you do not select Open Access.

Electronic Guidelines: Authors are required to submit finalized manuscripts using the style files established by IEEE. Authors should follow the Template Instructions in preparation of the manuscript with a MS WORD template or a LATEX template.

Post-Acceptance Procedure: you will see a copy of your accepted PDF when uploading your final material, which will be sent to IEEE production for comparison purposes to the final version.  However, the final camera-ready copy mentioned above is still required.  Throughout the production process, IEEE authors can keep track of and provide input on Author Proof Login website.

Author Posting Policy: Authors are free to post the accepted version of their article on their personal web sites or those of their employers.  Authors are allowed to post versions of their articles on approved third-party servers that are operated by not-for-profit organizations. The IEEE policy for Author Posting of IEEE Copyrighted Papers Online can be found at https://www.ieee.org/publications/rights/author-posting-policy.html

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