The Journal will be directed by an Editor in Chief, a steering committee and an Editorial Board.
The 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.
The 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).
A 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 and Authors
The 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
1 – In the Spotlight
As 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 are:
- Biomedical Signal Processing
- Biomedical Imaging
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
- Neural Engineering
- Tissue and Molecular Engineering
- Therapeutic and Diagnostic Systems
- Health Care and Information Systems
In 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 expertise.
2 – Methodological Reviews
The 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.
3 – Application Reviews
The 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.”