Letter to Area Editors, February 6
Dear Area Editors:
am thrilled to have been able to assemble such a distinguished group of
experts to integrate the Review Board of the IEEE Reviews in Biomedical
Engineering. The list of Area Editors is here.
This website is still under construction, as is the submission process
in Manuscript Central. You will be informed when they are fully
At this time, I would like to remind you that each year IEEE R-BME will have a section entitled, "In the Spotlight"
which will feature a review of the most salient advances in one of the
areas of biomedical engineering. These reviews are your responsibility
as Area Editors, and are limited to three published pages. This
feature article should be completed by September and uploaded to
Manuscript Central. I have utilized the themes of the IEEE EMBS annual
conference to provide the scope for each area. This was one suggestion
for a source of information that would allow you to outline the exactly
the trends you spotted in the EMBS, but you are free to use your own
methods and of course your expertise.
I am also interested in using In the Spotlight
as a mechanism to break the static nature of journals, and would like
to have your input on this. Now that we have the web, we can indeed
allow readers to shape what appears in each of the In the Spotlight
columns by creating a blog for each theme and allowing readers to let
us know what they think are the most salient advances in each theme. I
will ask Hans van Oostrom to help with this, but I think it is a
worthwhile initiative and would like to get your feedback on this idea.
Of course what effectively gets published from these yearly discussions
in the blog will be entirely of your choosing. For now, consider this
an idea "under construction." If we agree, it will be implemented in
Finally, the role of the Area Editors is also to help
the EiC seek top quality authors to submit manuscripts and review the
submitted papers. Again, this is only going to happen in 2009, since
the inaugural issue will include only invited contributions. You have
received the tentative list of topics and authors for the inaugural
issue. I do not expect to receive initially more than 20 submissions a
year, which will be about 2-3 papers per year for which you will need
to coordinate the review. Therefore, this is far less busy than TBME,
although each manuscript, by its very nature, is a more difficult paper
to review and may require a more direct intervention of the Area
Editor. Please share with me your ideas of possible topics and authors
to invite for 2009.
Please provide feedback to this letter, and thanks again for agreeing to be a part of one more adventure.
All the best,
Jose C. Principe, Editor in Chief