Submission Guidelines

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING (TNSRE) focuses on the rehabilitative and neural aspects of biomedical engineering, including functional electrical stimulation, acoustic dynamics, human performance measurement and analysis, nerve stimulation, electromyography, motor control and stimulation, and hardware and software applications for rehabilitation engineering and assistive devices.

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts as regular full-length papers reporting substantially novel methodology, technology, experimentation and high-quality original results. To qualify for publication, these must be previously unpublished and not be under consideration elsewhere. The Editor-in-Chief and the Associate Editor in charge will perform a quick review of the manuscript to determine the suitability of the paper for consideration by TNSRE based on its topical relevance, quality, and availability of expertise on the editorial board, and papers that are determined to be unsuitable will be returned without further review. Manuscripts will ONLY be accepted in electronic format through the IEEE Author Portal.


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, and prepare their manuscript according to the following guidelines. Submitted manuscripts must be:

  • Formatted in the transactions template: either Word or LaTeX 
  • 10 pages or less. Manuscripts that exceed 10 pages in the template will not be admitted for review.
  • Manuscript text must to be 10pt or larger for the main text, and 8pt or larger for tables and figures.
  • Since January 1, 2018 EMBS journals no longer publish author bios or photos.
  • Abstract can be no more than 250 words for regular papers.
  • Figures and tables should be interspersed within the paper, numbered sequentially, with features clearly marked and detailed legends. High-resolution figures may be uploaded separately if needed.
  • References should appear in a separate reference section at the end of the text body with items referred to by numerals in square brackets (IEEE format). See the template for details.
  • Research involving human or animal subjects must include a statement in the Methods Section that the research was performed under the oversight of an institutional review board or ethics committee, including the official name of the IRB/ethics committee and preferably also including the number of the protocol. Research involving human subjects must include a statement that informed consent was received from all human subjects.
  • All photos of people must be either anonymized or a statement must be included with the submission that the person depicted agreed to the use of their image.
  • Submissions based on a published conference paper should have 50% or more new material. Please upload a copy of the conference paper with the submission.

Page Charges

Gold Open Access

IEEE TNSRE is a gold, fully open-access journal, which means that authors retain ownership of the copyright to their papers, and readers can access the full text and pdf on IEEE Xplore for free, but also that authors pay article processing charges, upon acceptance and before publication. IEEE’s explanation of OA and APCs.

Article Processing Charge (APC): US$1950

For papers submitted in 2022, the Article Processing Charge (APC) is US$1850 plus applicable local taxes.

For papers submitted in 2023, the APC is US$1950 plus applicable local taxes.


  • Active IEEE Members receive a 5% discount.
  • A 20% discount is given to authors who are currently active members in EMBS.
  • Students and Graduate Students are not eligible for the membership discount. These discounts cannot be combined.
  • Authors from low-income countries are eligible for waivers and discounts on open access article processing charges in fully open access journals. Corresponding authors from low-income countries (as classified by the World Bank) are eligible for a 100% waiver on open access article processing charges.
  • Corresponding authors from lower-middle-income countries with a 2017 gross domestic product of less than US$200 billion are eligible for a 50% discount on open access article processing charges.

Research on Human or Animal Subjects

EMBS’ ethics policy.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health’s revised research ethics policies.

Title and Abstract

During the login of an electronic submission in ScholarOne Manuscripts, the corresponding author will be asked to enter: the title, names and contact information for all authors (full mailing address, institutional affiliations, phone, and e-mail), and 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. The Abstract should be no longer than 250 words, indicate the scope of the paper, and summarize the authors’ conclusions. This will make the abstract, by itself, a useful tool for information retrieval.

Illustrations and Tables

For review, illustrations/tables should be interspersed within the manuscript. However, due to production requirements, for the final submission, illustrations/tables will be submitted separately as well. Each figure and table should have a caption that is intelligible without requiring reference to the text.

Electronic Guidelines

Authors are requested to submit finalized manuscripts using the style files established by IEEE. Authors should follow the instructions and read the information in the IEEE Author Center.

Copyrights and Author Responsibilities

All open access articles will be published under either the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) or the Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, No Derivatives License (CCBY-NC-ND).

CC BY and CCBY-NC-ND allow authors to retain copyright of their article and permit a very broad range of reuse. Under CC BY, reuse for commercial purposes or to create derivative works is permitted, whereas under CCBY-NC-ND, reuse cannot be for commercial purposes or change the work in any way. Under the CC BY licenses, authors are responsible for protecting their content from possible abuses such as infringement and plagiarism.

Note that publishing open access requires payment of an open access article processing charge.

More information can be found here. Questions can be directed to


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