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The IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS (TBCAS) is published bi-monthly by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, and technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. TBCAS publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts reporting original and transformative research at the intersection between the life sciences and circuits and systems engineering disciplines. TBCAS particularly welcomes manuscripts covering the latest state-of-the-art advances or critical reviews of emerging directions in circuits and systems, broadly defined, with demonstrated biomedical applications in laboratory and/or clinical settings.  TBCAS equally encourages contributions in other areas where these arise from direct synergy between circuits and systems and engineering in medicine and biology, such as circuits inspired by biology, or network approaches to systems biology.  Examples of topics of interest to TBCAS include (but are not limited to):

  • Bioelectronics
  • Implantable and wearable electronics
  • Biotechnology sensor and actuator circuits
  • System-on-chip bioinstrumentation
  • BioMEMS, bio-nanotechnology, and lab-on-a-chip microfluidics
  • Active electrodes and neural/cell interfaces
  • Organic semiconductors and flexible/conformable biointerfaces
  • Optogenetic and optoelectronic neural interfaces
  • CMOS photodetection and bioimaging for medical optics
  • Biomedical devices and system integration
  • Energy harvesting/scavenging circuits for wireless biosensors
  • Wireless technology in medicine and fitness monitoring
  • Healthcare information technology
  • Systems genomics and proteomics
  • Gene circuits and biomolecular circuits
  • Neuromorphic circuits and systems engineering
  • Circuit models of biomechanics and biological dynamical systems

Submissions without a demonstrated synergy between medicine/biology and circuits/systems are not appropriate to the scope of TBCAS.  A sufficient but not necessary condition for a submission to be considered appropriate for peer review is whether it follows and references at least one existing line of contributions in TBCAS, although we recognize that valuable and pertinent pioneering contributions may be outside of the domain currently represented in TBCAS.  We strongly advise authors to carefully review the literature including past and present issues of TBCAS (see below). All submitted manuscripts that fit the scope of TBCAS are thoroughly reviewed by experts in the field invited by a reputed and committed editorial team. TBCAS strives to make a first decision within 60 days of submission, and a final decision within 120 days of the original submission.  Fully formatted electronic versions of accepted manuscripts are immediately posted on-line and indexed through IEEExplore (“Early Access”, see below) prior to publication in print.

A. Submission of a Paper:

All papers must be submitted electronically in PDF format:

  1.  Go to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tbcas
  2. You need to register if you are not already registered in the author’s database. In this case, you will be asked to fill out a form with your name, address, e-mail address, etc. You will also be asked to provide a password.
  3. Follow the paper submission instructions on the web-page and submit your manuscript as a single PDF file.
  4. An acknowledgement e-mail will automatically be issued upon successful submission.

B. ORCID:

All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors.  ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work.  The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.

Follow these steps to link a ScholarOne account to a registered ORCID:

  1. Login to ScholarOne and click on your name in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Click E-mail / Name in the dropdown menu.
  3. In the ORCID section at the top of the page, click the appropriate link to either register for a new ORCID or associate the account with an existing ORCID.
  4. A new page will open to create and/or validate your ORCID.  Once the validation is complete, the new page will close and you will return to ScholarOne.
  5. Save the changes to your ScholarOne user account.

Authors who do not have an ORCID in their ScholarOne user account will be prompted to provide one during submission.

C. Style for Submission of Manuscript:

Manuscripts must follow the standard single-spaced, double-column IEEE TRANSACTIONS format, as specified in “Article Templates and Instructions,” available online at http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/authors/author_templates.html. See also http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/authors/author_templates.html for style files and templates to guide the typesetting of the manuscript for submission. In addition:

  1. Provide an informative 100 to 250 word abstract, at the head of the manuscript, to appear with the paper; at least five keywords or index terms.
  2. Provide a footnote with affiliations of authors, including e-mail addresses, and acknowledgments of any financial support (see further instructions on disclosure of financial support below).
  3. Embed and properly reference all figures and tables in the manuscript.  Where possible, use vector graphics rather than pixel graphics for figures.
  4. If appropriate, provide an “Acknowledgments” section after the conclusion.  All personal financial and other interests by the authors must be acknowledged (see further instructions on disclosure of financial interest below).
  5. Make adequate and up-to-date reference to the literature, including latest TBCAS and other IEEE articles where pertinent.  All past and “Early Access” IEEE articles are fully searchable and accessible on-line through IEEExplore (http://www.ieee.org/ieeexplore). References should appear in a separate bibliography at the end of the paper, and should be complete in IEEE style with items referred to by numerals in square brackets, e.g., [12].
  6. Manuscript Length: Papers published in TBCAS are meant to be no more than 9 pages in length in the two-column TRANSACTIONS format. A mandatory charge of $150 applies for each additional page.
  7. The submission website https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tbcas provides further instructions about file formats and submission procedures.

D. Relationship to conference and prior publications:

Papers submitted to TBCAS are expected to contain new results, ideas, or innovations that advance significantly the state-of-the-art. Submission is taken to manifest the fact that the contribution has not been submitted, accepted, published, or copyrighted elsewhere, with the exception of a previous conference publication under the following conditions.  TBCAS will consider expanded versions of previously published IEEE conference publications, provided the manuscripts contain at least 30% substantive new material.  Any figures which are copied from or similar to previous figures must make explicit reference to the conference publication with a citation in the figure caption.. This policy applies to non-IEEE-published conference publications as well, with the additional requirement that the authors must secure all copyright permissions for duplicate figures.  If a figure is modified rather than duplicated, the original publication must be cited in the caption as “modified from …”

E. Disclosure of financial support and author and project-related conflicts of interest:

We require the full disclosure of financial support for the project as well as any financial and personal relationships of the author that could even create the appearance of bias in the published work. The following must appear In the acknowledgments section of the paper.

  1. The acknowledgments section of the author footnote (see above) must disclose any agency or individual that provided financial support for the work, regardless of source. Examples include but are not limited to universities, governmental funding agencies, private foundations, and public and private companies.
  2. The “Acknowledgments” section after the conclusion (see above) must disclose any personal or financial or employment relationship between any author and the sources of financial support for the work. These requirements include financial interests of the author in any company that may be licensing, patenting, or using results from the published work at the time of or prior to the date of manuscript acceptance.
  3. The editors reserve the right to ask the authors of a study funded by an agency with a proprietary or financial interest in the outcome to include in the acknowledgments a statement regarding the integrity of the work. An example statement is “The authors had full access to all of the data, devices, and materials used in this study and take complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis and interpretation of outcomes.”

F. Protection of human and animal subjects:

Internationally recognized conventions exist for the protection of human subjects and standards for animal research:

  1.  If the published work utilizes human subjects, authors must indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that an appropriate institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.
  2. If the published work utilizes animal subjects (including animal sources for in vitro research), authors must indicate whether the institutional and national guides for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. The institutional committees that provide such oversight and/or the published guidelines must be acknowledged.

G. Page Charges:

After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author’s institution will be approached with a request to pay a charge of $110 per page to cover part of the cost of publication. If the page charge is honored, the author will receive 100 free reprints (without covers). Color photos judged to be essential to demonstrate the results of a paper may be printed in color, but will incur an additional cost to the author. Detailed instructions will accompany the page proofs.

H. Copyright:

It is the policy of the IEEE to own the copyright to the technical contributions it publishes. To comply with IEEE copyright policy, authors are required to sign an IEEE Copyright Form before publication. The form is provided upon approval of the manuscript. Authors must submit a signed copy of this form with their approved manuscript. The copyright form is also available online at: http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/rights/copyrightmain.html. Authors must submit a signed copy of this form with their manuscript.

I. Electronic Form of Final Manuscript:

For the final printed production of the manuscript, the authors will need to submit source files of the manuscript as explained on the submission web-page. Make sure your files are complete including: abstract, text, references, footnotes, biographies, photos and figure captions. The preferred main formats are TeX or LaTeX. LaTeX style files can be obtained at: http://www.ieee.org/organizations/ pubs/transactions/stylesheets.htm. For other relevant information, please refer to the TBCAS submission website: http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/cas/tbcas/.

J. Publication Final Materials:

The IEEE author digital toolbox contains tools and information to assist with article preparation and submission, the article proof review process, and ordering reprints. Also included is a list of FAQ’s.

K. Open Access Option:

IEEE is working on offering Open Access publication in this journal for a fee of $1750 (plus standard over-length page charges).  Please be on the lookout for an announcement when it is set up.