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Physics in Medicine & Biology

About Physics in Medicine & Biology


The novel and impactful development and application of theoretical, computational and experimental physics to medicine, physiology and biology. Main topics covered are:

  • therapy physics (including ionizing and non-ionizing radiation)
  • biomedical imaging (e.g. x-ray, magnetic resonance, ultrasound, optical and nuclear imaging)
  • image-guided interventions
  • image reconstruction and analysis (including kinetic modelling)
  • artificial intelligence in biomedical physics and analysis
  • nanoparticles in imaging and therapy
  • radiobiology
  • radiation protection and patient dose monitoring
  • radiation dosimetry
  • physics of biology, human health and disease

In addition to these well-established topics, we also strongly encourage authors to consider PMB for submission of manuscripts addressing new emerging areas not yet covered by the journal, as long as they align with its main mission to promote novel and impactful applications of rigorous, scientific physical methods to medicine, physiology and biology. Papers on physics but with no obvious medical or biological applications, or papers which are predominantly clinical or biological in their approach are not suitable for consideration.

Why should you publish in Physics in Medicine & Biology™?

  • Rigorous and fair peer review: peer review is administered by the in-house editorial office with direct support from the Editorial Board. We aim for two reviewer reports on every article, ensuring quality and fairness.
  • Fast: we are committed to providing you with a quick, professional service to ensure rapid first decision, acceptance and publication. We make a first decision on papers in an average of 35 days and accept articles in under 120 days. Once accepted, your article will be accessible to readers within 24 hours and will include a citable DOI.
  • Transfer opportunities: as well as accepting direct submissions, the journal also offers you a quick and easy solution to transfer your manuscript from another IOP Publishing journal if it does not fit that journal’s scope or significance criteria. Articles are transferred along with peer review reports to save time and avoid duplication of work for reviewers.
  • International Editorial Board: scientific leadership for Physics in Medicine & Biology is provided by an Editorial board of prominent researchers, with a diverse scientific and geographical distribution.
  • Society owned: published by IOP Publishing, on behalf of IPEM, both of which are not-for-profit companies. Revenue generated by the journal is used by both organisations (IOP and IPEM) to promote and advance the understanding and dissemination of science in the UK and across the World.
  • Article flexibility: there are no page limits or forced requirements for formatting submissions, and we publish any supplementary data at no extra charge. Let us know if you have any other requirements and we will be happy to help.

Article types

  • Research Papers: reports of original scientific research, techniques and applications. Papers should not be more than 10 000 words long (excluding the abstract, figure captions and references) and should not comprise more than 12 figures.
  • Letters: outstanding concise articles reporting important, timely new developments; not normally more than 3000 words (four journal pages). Letters should be deserving of priority review, and you are required to upload a justification statement along with your submission.
  • Topical reviews: intended to summarize accepted practice and report on recent progress in selected areas, often invited by the Editorial Board. A topical review should discuss the current state of research in the field, and also include a general overview and an introduction with enough basic information to make the article interesting and informative for non-specialist scientists. Typically 12 000–18 000 words in length.
  • Special issue papers: articles which will form a special collection of papers on a specific theme.
  • Viewpoints: invited commentary articles, typically 1000 words, serving to either highlight the significance, impact and wider implications of recent research appearing in PMB, or to comment on significant research developments.
  • Notes: brief descriptions of a single piece of apparatus or a technique developed for a specific purpose, a small but important experimental or theoretical point or a novel solution to a commonly encountered problem in medical physics; not normally more than 3500 words (six journal pages).
  • Comments and replies: comments on, or criticisms of, work previously published in this journal. The original authors will be invited to submit a reply. Not normally more than 1800 words (three journal pages).

Special requirements

Structured abstracts

Physics in Medicine & Biology (PMB) has a structured format for abstracts of papers presenting new research findings. The abstract of your paper must be split into the following headings:

  • Objective
  • Approach
  • Main results
  • Significance


Papers rejected by other journals

In cases where authors genuinely think that their previously-rejected work deserves a second chance with a different journal, we request that the authors act on the original reviewers’ comments before submitting to PMB. Reviewers who have already seen a paper (for a different journal) will not be sympathetic if they find that their previous comments have been ignored.

The Editorial Board of PMB are also willing to consider articles submitted to highly regarded general scientific journals that have not been accepted for publication due to limited broad impact or priority. These articles may receive expedited processing and interested authors should ensure they meet the requirements set out in the article transfer policy from high impact journals.


NIH-funded papers in PubMed Central

NIH Public Access Policy requires that our North American authors make all papers arising from research funded by the NIH publicly available in PubMed Central no later than 12 months after online publication in the journal.

As part of IOP Publishing’s commitment to ensure that publishing in our journals is as simple and easy as possible, we will upload the final, accepted manuscripts for NIH-funded papers to PubMed Central automatically, unless an author requests otherwise. More information on this process can be found on our Publishing Support website.


Resources for reviewers

To help reviewers, the PMB Editorial Board has developed a series of resources focussed on peer review that we hope you will find useful.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Physics in Medicine & Biology, using the ANSI/NISO Standard Terminology for Peer Review:

  • Identity transparency: single-anonymous, double-anonymous (author choice)
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor

Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process as well as checklists in both English and Chinese language to help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission.

If an article is not accepted for publication, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals we publish.

Inclusivity and diversity

IOP Publishing recognises that there are inequalities within the scientific publishing and research ecosystems. We are committed to a progressive approach to inclusivity and diversity, and are working hard to eliminate discrimination to foster an equitable and welcoming publishing environment for all.

IOP Publishing follows Guidelines on Inclusive Language and Images in Scholarly Communication to ensure that journal articles use bias-free and culturally sensitive communication. We ask authors to please follow these guidelines in their manuscript submissions.

More information about our work on inclusivity is available on our Open Physics hub.


Physics in Medicine & Biology maintains the highest standards of publication and research ethics and is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are expected to comply with IOP Publishing’s Ethical Policy.

Research data

Physics in Medicine & Biology has adopted IOP Publishing’s standard data policy. Please check that your article complies with the policy before submission.

For any questions about the policy please contact the journal.

Many research funders now require authors to make all data related to their research available in an online repository. Please refer to the policy for further information about research data, data repositories and data citation.

Open access

Physics in Medicine & Biology is a hybrid open access journal. Authors have the option to pay an article publication charge (APC) to publish their article on a gold open access basis under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. Articles published on a gold open access basis are freely available to everyone to read and reuse immediately upon publication, provided the terms of the licence are followed and clear attribution to the author is given.

Alternatively authors who do not select the gold open access option can choose a green open access route to publication.

For more information on IOP Publishing’s open access policies please see our Open access page. For our author rights policies please see our Author rights page.

Publication charges

Publication on a subscription-access basis is free of charge.

Authors have the option to pay the following article publication charge (APC) to publish their article on an open access basis under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

Article publication charge* £2295 €2635 $3165
Reduced article publication charge* for Group B countries** £500 €575 $675
Reduced article publication charge for Group A countries** £0 €0 $0

*excluding VAT where applicable

**eligibility criteria can be found here

APCs only apply to articles accepted for publication; there are no submission charges.

There are no other charges for publishing in Physics in Medicine & Biology.

Transformative Agreements

Physics in Medicine & Biology is included in our transformative agreements which allow authors from some institutions to publish open access without paying an APC.

Find out if you’re covered by an agreement

If you are covered by an agreement, use our author guide to help you submit your paper.

Countries where we have transformative agreements include:
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Paying for open access

Various discounts, waivers and funding arrangements are available to support our authors. Visit our Paying for open access page for further details.


Abstracting and indexing services

We work with our authors to help make their work as easy to discover as possible. Physics in Medicine & Biology is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:

  • ISI (Science Citation Index®, SciSearch®, ISI Alerting Services, Current Contents®/Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences)
  • PubMed/MEDLINE
  • Scopus
  • Inspec
  • BIOSIS Previews®/Biological Abstracts®
  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • Compendex
  • EMBASE/Excerpta Medica
  • INIS Atomindex (International Nuclear Information System)
  • Meta
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • PASCAL Database
  • Sociedad Iberoamericano de Información Científica (SIIC)
  • VINITI Abstracts Journal (Referativnyi Zhurnal)

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