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Progress in Biomedical Engineering

About Progress in Biomedical Engineering


Progress in Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary journal publishing high impact, high quality reviews and opinion pieces which chart the progress of the field, highlight emerging trends, and identify key research directions. The journal provides a platform for knowledge sharing and offers researchers the opportunity to collaborate and shape the future direction of research in the field.

All areas within the interdisciplinary field of biomedical engineering are covered by the journal’s broad scope, and communities represented by a diverse range of published content facilitating timely and impactful discussions between scientists, engineers, and clinicians. Reviews and Perspectives by experts in the field are written with a view to informing both specialist and non-specialist readers by placing research developments within a wider context, making content accessible to a broad audience.

Why publish in Progress in Biomedical Engineering?

  • Prestigious: content invited by a high calibre Editorial Board of international reputation and written by experts in the field.
  • High standards: rigorous peer review from IOP Publishing’s global network of expert reviewers, handled by top-level Associate Editors and overseen by dedicated IOP Publishing in-house staff.
  • Inclusive: broad and interdisciplinary scope covering all core areas within biomedical engineering, highlighting trends in key areas, bringing researchers together and linking communities.
  • Society owned: any profits generated by IOP Publishing are used by the Institute of Physics to support science and scientists in both the developed and developing world.

Article types

Whilst most review and perspective articles are commissioned by the Editorial Board, unsolicited article proposals from the community are encouraged. Progress in Biomedical Engineering welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Topical reviews: should present an overview of a topic by summarising the literature to report on the current state of the field. They can also provide insights into emerging fields and identify key research directions. Flexible in length depending on the topic focus and size or maturity of the field, typically no shorter than 6000 words, with broader topics deserving a more comprehensive or exhaustive review treatment.
  • Perspectives: commentaries that provide an overview and exploration of an emerging or developing topic from a personal standpoint, providing an outlet for expressing the opinions and judgement of an expert in the field. They may identify critical questions in a line of research still in development but whose significance and goals have not yet been realized. Flexible in length but typically no shorter than 2000 words.

Special requirements

Proposing a review or perspective article

The majority of articles are commissioned by the Editorial Board, however proposals for reviews and perspectives from potential authors wishing to write for the journal are welcome. Before beginning to write a review or perspective, all authors are first required to submit an article outline regardless of whether their article has been commissioned or is unsolicited. An article outline allows the Board to judge the timeliness and suitability of the topic, whether the author’s proposal reflects what was intended in the invitation if originally commissioned, and to ensure similar articles are not already in preparation.

The outline should provide a brief summary detailing the intended approach to be used in the article and how it will add to the current literature landscape. For a review article proposal additional details are required in the outline; a list of contents and subheadings to ensure the article covers the subject comprehensively.

Outlines should be sent to our Publishing team at for assessment.


Writing a review article

A review should begin with a title and abstract that identifies the issue being addressed, and research area to be reviewed. A clear introduction giving an overview of the subject is important to convey why it is of relevance and interest to both specialist and general readerships of the biomedical engineering community. A good introductory section should lead the reader into the more detailed material and make the content accessible to a wide readership. The audience of a review may not be experts in the subject area, they may be engineers or clinicians working in other fields wishing to keep informed of developments outside their own specialisation or looking for an introduction to a new field.

The background section should present the rationale of why a review of this subject area is needed, along with a fair and balanced account of the current status of the subject, progress, and developments over the past 5–10 years. A clear distinction should be made between points of view which are well established, and those which are still speculative and under discussion. The article should be concluded with a section rounding off the review; highlighting the main advances or developments in the subject area. The author may choose to add concluding remarks on what new developments will emerge in the field and the future direction of research.

Careful attention should be given to sections of the review in which the current status of the subject is placed within the wider context and explained in non-specialist terms. Any technical terms should be fully described, and complex mathematical formalisms or numerical data which do not carry the discussion to a clear conclusion should be avoided.


Writing a perspective article

These articles aim to promote scientific discussion on the current progress of a topic of high interest within the biomedical engineering community and catalyse debate on the future trends and prospects of a particular field. Written from the viewpoint of a leading expert in the field, the author is provided with the opportunity to share their insights on the latest developments and progress of an exciting area of biomedical engineering, and shed light on potential future trends and directions with readers both within and outside their specialist discipline. They are more forward looking than topical review articles, often employing a narrower focus.

They should start with a short, thought-provoking title followed by an abstract of 200–500 words. The main body of text should be split into clearly defined paragraphs using short section headings where necessary. The first paragraph should introduce the issue under discussion to capture the readers’ interest and outline the current research landscape to a broad audience. The main body of text should discuss the limitations and implications for new developments in the field and focus on predictions for the future. The final paragraph should draw a conclusion without restating text, highlighting any unanswered questions on the future prospects and advancement of the field.

Opinion articles do not contain original research material or unpublished data, however evidence should be used to support the author’s personal observations, especially when advocating a controversial position.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Progress in Biomedical Engineering, 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.


Progress in Biomedical Engineering 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

Progress in Biomedical Engineering has adopted IOP Publishing’s research data policy. Please check that your article complies with the policy before submission.

Please note that this policy requires authors to include a data availability statement in their article.

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

Progress in Biomedical Engineering 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* £3260 €3750 $4455
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 Progress in Biomedical Engineering.

Transformative Agreements

Progress in Biomedical Engineering 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 make their work as easy to discover as possible. Progress in Biomedical Engineering is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • CNKI
  • Ei Compendex
  • Embase
  • Inspec
  • J-Gate
  • JST
  • MyScienceWork
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Naver Academic
  • R Discovery
  • Scilit
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Wanfang Data
  • Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • x-mol

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