Guidelines for Authors

Information for Authors

The IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (TBioCAS) is published bi-monthly by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) and the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). 

TBioCAS publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts reporting original and transformative research at the intersection between the life sciences and circuits and systems engineering disciplines.  TBioCAS covers the latest state -of-the-art advances as well as critical reviews of emerging directions in circuits and systems with demonstrated biological and/or clinical applications in laboratory and/or clinical settings.

The primary goal of the journal is to bridge the unique scientific and technical activities of the Circuits and Systems Society to a wide variety of related areas such as:

  • Bioelectronics
  • Implantable and wearable electronics like cochlear and retinal prosthesis, motor control, etc.
  • Biotechnology sensor circuits, integrated systems, and networks
  • Micropower imaging technology
  • BioMEMS
  • Lab-on-chip Bio-nanotechnology
  • Organic Semiconductors
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Genomics and Proteomics
  • Neuromorphic Engineering
  • Smart sensors
  • Low power micro- and nanoelectronics
  • Mixed-mode system-on-chip
  • Wireless technology
  • Gene circuits and molecular circuits
  • System biology
  • Brain science and engineering: such as neuro-informatics, neural prosthesis, cognitive engineering, brain computer interface
  • Healthcare: information technology for biomedical, epidemiology, and other related life science applications 

General, theoretical, and application-oriented papers in the above-mentioned technical areas with a Circuits and Systems perspective are encouraged to publish in TBioCAS. Of special interest are biomedical-oriented papers with a Circuits and Systems angle.

The papers are expected to contain new results, ideas, or innovations that advance significantly the state-of-the-art. Submission of a contribution is taken to manifest the fact that the submission has not been submitted, accepted, published, or copyrighted elsewhere.

Peer Review
The articles in this journal are peer-reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual. Each published article was reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a single-blind peer review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors. Articles will be screened for plagiarism before acceptance.

The following guides provide further information for authors regarding submitting manuscripts. Some of this information is also found on the Submit Manuscript page.

Author FAQ

  • How do I submit my paper for review or publication?
    • Visit the IEEE Author Center, which provides general guidelines regarding the submission of text and graphics, as well as templates, and instructions on how to submit multimedia materials. Most of the information is in the form of a convenient, downloadable PDF file.
  • Which IEEE publication is appropriate for the paper I would like to submit for publication?
    • The Journals and Magazines page provides a listing of our publications and a link to each publication’s Web page. 
  • Would you please send me an author kit?
  • Is there a template available for my specific publication?
    • The IEEE provides LaTeX and Word templates that can be used for all final submissions. In addition, the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics has supplied a Word template for creating submissions to TMAG. All of these templates are available for download at the IEEE Author Center page.
    • Some publications do provide information to their authors that is more specific than the IEEE’s general guidelines and in some cases customized templates and instructions are provided as well. For links to individual transactions, journals, and letters Web pages, please go to the Journals page.
  • What formats does IEEE allow for paper submission?
    • IEEE accepts TeX, LaTeX, Word and Rich Text Format (RTF).
  • What are the acceptable formats for submitting graphics for my paper?
    • IEEE accepts Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF files for graphics submission. High-resolution JPGs are acceptable for author photos only (IEEE also continues to accept Postscript, EPS, and TIFF). As part of the production process, all grayscale figures and line art are converted to TIFF format.
    • Image quality is very important in how the graphics will reproduce. Even though IEEE can accept many formats, graphics cannot improve if they are poor quality when received. If you need further help or have questions, please e-mail [email protected].
  • How can I determine what I will be charged for color printing?
    • Color figures are automatically posted in color on the IEEE Xplore website free of charge. The color-in-print charge is a flat rate of $275 per figure. The corresponding author of the article has the opportunity to address the color-in-print option during an “Article Setup” step. All invoices and payments are handled through an automated payment portal system. The payment portal allows various payment types such as credit card, bank wire transfers, check, preapproved waivers, special payment circumstances, and third party billing.
    • Please note that these are costs for color printing and do not include page charges or reprint charges, which must be paid separately. Once your paper is received at the IEEE, a staff editor will contact you with specific instructions on how to proceed with color figures.
  • What are the publication charges associated with my accepted paper?
    • The answer depends on your publication’s page charge policy, including any overlength charges. To find out this information, please visit the IEEE Potential Article Processing Charges page. It also depends on how many reprints you order, and of course any color charges if you have figures in your paper that you choose to have printed in color.
    • If your journal has overlength page charges, then you will need to estimate the number of pages in your paper. The number of pages can be estimated two ways: counting all the pages in your submitted work (including figures, pages of text, pages of figure captions, references, bios, author photos, etc.) and divide the total by 3. Or, you can use the IEEE style template to preformat your work, including figures and tables, in order to give you a more accurate page estimate.
  • May I have an update as to the status of my submitted paper?
    • Please contact the editorial office of the journal to which you submitted your work for information regarding where it is in the submission process.
  • Where can I obtain a list of keywords to include in my paper?
    • Using the right keywords in your article can make your article more easily and reliably discoverable—which leads to a broader readership for your article. Using the IEEE Thesaurus can help you find the best standardized keywords to fit your article. Use the thesaurus access request form for free access to the IEEE Thesaurus.

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