The Journal will be directed by an Editor in Chief, a steering committee and an Editorial Board.
steering committee will help identify topics, authors, rank proposals
and provide general feedback to the EiC. The steering committee will
morph at the end of two years into a Scientific Advisory Board.
However, in the first two years its role will be very much hands-on in
the areas mentioned above to help launch the journal. One important
role of the steering committee in the first two years is to help
identify the metrics for success of the new journal.
Editorial Board will be built at least by the Area Editors mentioned
below. Depending upon how the journal evolves and the budget, the Board
may be expanded to cover senior experts (including clinicians) in the
important topical areas of BME (understood in its general sense).
special cover will be designed for the RBME to make it distinct from
the Transactions. The journal will be published once a year.
Every paper will be reviewed by at least two experts, but preferably three.
topics are selected yearly by the EiC with the help of the steering
committee. Inputs from the other IEEE societies thru their VP Pubs will
be sought. Once a topic is selected the leading researcher in the area
will be contacted and invited to write the review. Four months will be
given to the author to write the review. RBME will also accept
unsolicited reviews, upon submission of a brief proposal. The proposals
will obey a format (to be developed and posted in the website) to
simplify the evaluation.
RBME will have a Recent Advances section and two types of papers will be published:
- Methodological Reviews
- Application Reviews.
the name indicates, the goal of the In the Spotlight is to provide
yearly updates on important breakthroughs in a given biomedical area.
The definition of the areas will be shared with the EMB Conference and
the Spotlight will be implemented by seeking and “hiring” for three
year an Area Editor who will write a three page review of the important
advances and their implications during the past year in his/her area of
- Biomedical Signal Processing
- Biomedical Imaging
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
- Neural Engineering
- Tissue and Molecular Engineering
- Therapeutic and Diagnostic Systems
- Health Care and Information Systems
goal of the methodological reviews is to present a critical review of
current methods important in biomedical engineering, understood in its
most general sense. These methodological reviews will be authored by
the top experts in the biomedical engineering field. The most useful
reviews are the one 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 10 pages
long with at least 100 references. The writing style will be at the
level of the “biomedical engineering Ph.D. student”. The target
audience is biomedical Ph.D. students, academicians, and design
engineers in the industry. Example to illustrate the concept would be a
review of methods to analyze gene expression data.
goal of 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 biophysicists, biomedical engineers and
a clinician. 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 by 15 page long, and will have at least 100
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
students/academicians belonging to IEEE but not in biomedical
engineering. An example of this type of papers is “Multimodal brain
imagery for the diagnostic of Alzheimer disease”.