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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 To qualify for publication, these must be previously unpublished and not be under consideration elsewhere.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 Manuscript Central.


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 (>8 pages) and prepare their manuscript according to the following guidelines. Submitted manuscripts must be:

  • Formatted in the transactions template: either Word or LaTeX (Windows or Unix)
  • 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.
  • Beginning January 1, EMBS journals will no longer publish author bios or photos. Articles that are featured on the TNSRE website may include bios and photos. If your published paper is selected to be featured, you will have the opportunity to include bios and 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.

Page Charges

TNSRE authors have the option of selecting Open Access after acceptance, as part of the copyright transfer process. As of 1 January 2019, the article processing charge (APC) for TNSRE is US$2,045. If your paper is longer than 8 pages, you will also be charged overlength fees; see the charges below. IEEE members will receive a 5% discount, and EMB members receive a 15% discount on the Open Access fee. Discounts cannot be combined or applied to any other fees such as overlength charges (see below).

All manuscripts that are longer than 8 pages will be charged overlength fees as part of the copyright process, regardless of whether the author chooses Open Access.

Overlength Charges:

  • Up to and including 8-pages, free
  • Manuscripts with 9-10 pages will be charged $250 per overlength page.
  • Manuscripts with more than 10 pages will be charged for 2 pages @ $250 and any remaining pages at $350.

Research on Human or Animal Subjects

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


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.

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 EMBS 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/co-authors of any new submissions to any of the Society’s journals for one calendar year from date of formal notification.

Title and Abstract

During the login of an electronic submission in Manuscript Central, the corresponding 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), 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.

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 seven 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; submission by the author of his/her manuscript to these transactions signifies acceptance of the requirement to pay mandatory page charges. 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.

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.

Open Access

This publication is an electronic 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 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.

There is a $2,045 Hybrid OA fee for 8 page manuscripts. There is an overlength page fee of $250 per page for pages 9 and 10, and $340 per page for pages 11 and beyond. EMB members receive a 15% discount.


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