Submission Guidelines

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING (TNSRE) focuses on the rehabilitative and neural aspects of biomedical engineering, including functional electrical stimulation, acoustic dynamics, human performance measurement and analysis, nerve stimulation, electromyography, motor control and stimulation; and hardware and software applications for rehabilitation engineering and assistive devices.

Readers are encouraged to submit manuscripts as regular full length papers reporting substantially novel methodology, technology, experimentation and high quality original results. To qualify for publication, these must be previously unpublished and not be under consideration elsewhere. The Editor in Chief and the Associate Editor in charge will perform a quick review of the manuscript to determine the suitability of the paper for consideration by TNSRE based on its topical relevance, quality, and availability of expertise on the editorial board, and under such circumstances may return the paper without further review. Manuscripts will ONLY be accepted in electronic format through a new system called Manuscript Central.


For purposes of qualifying for peer review and consideration for publication, authors must submit a properly executed copyright form in favor of IEEE, sign an Author consent form, agree to a mandatory page charge for overlength manuscripts or color figures, and prepare a manuscript according to the following guidelines:

  1. The manuscript should not exceed 30 single column double-spaced pages including EVERYTHING (Title, abstract, manuscript text, references, figure & table captions,figure, tables etc.). The easiest way to expedite the review process is to format your manuscript in the final print format and ensure that it is less than 10 pages – including an estimated space for biographies. Manuscripts that exceed 10 pages in the double column format will not be admitted for review.
  2. The font size should be 11 points or larger with a margin of 1″ on all sides.
  3. The manuscript should be in MS World or PDF format. We recommend to upload the entire manuscript as one .doc or .pdf file. With high resolution figures uploaded separately if needed.
  4. The abstract must be no more than 200 words for regular papers.
  5. Figures should appear at the end, one figure per page WITHOUT caption. A separate list of figure captions should be included, keyed to figure numbers marked on each illustration.
  6. References should appear in a separate reference section at the end of the text body with items referred to by numerals in square brackets (IEEE format). References must be complete in the IEEE style as follows:
    1. Style for papers: Author(s), first initials followed by last name, title, periodical, volume, inclusive page numbers, month, year.
    2. Style for books: Author(s), title, location, publisher, year, chapter, page numbers.
    3. Font size: 8 point font size for references.
  7. Biographic sketches should be no more than 50 words. Font size of biographic sketches should be set as 8 point. Photographs should be thumbnail of 3/4″ squared.
  8. If accepted, authors of regular papers are also requested to upload biographies (no more than 100 words) and recent photographs.
  9. Once the paper is accepted, final copies of the manuscript must be submitted to the Manuscript Central, single column format. In addition, the author can supply a fully formatted version of the manuscript by using the style files from the IEEE Author Center. If a fully formatted copy is provided, it should be signed confirming the publication length of the manuscript at submission. The signature signifies the author’s confirmation that overlength page charges will be paid when billed. If a fully formatted version of the manuscript is not provided, the author should sign the page charge form which can be obtained here.
  10. Page charges. Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication, the author(s) or his/her/their company or institution will be asked to pay a charge of $110 per page to cover part of the cost of publication of the 8 pages which comprise the standard manuscript length. Upon payment of these voluntary, the author will be entitled to 100 free, black-and-white reprints (without covers).

Do not send original artwork until you are notified to do so, if and when your paper is accepted for publication.

Peer Review Process

With electronic submission of manuscripts and reviews the EMB society expects to reduce the time from submission to publication, and make the review process more transparent to the author by allowing electronic status checks of the review progress. Please read the Peer Review Process of TNSRE.


By policy, IEEE owns the copyright to the technical contributions it publishes on behalf of the interests of the IEEE, its authors, and their employers; and to facilitate the appropriate reuse of this material by others. To comply with United States copyright law, authors are required to sign and submit a completed IEEE Copyright Form with their original submissions and again with the finalized manuscript prior to publication. This form, a copy of which appears in issues of the transactions, returns to authors and their employers full rights to reuse their material for their own purposes. Click here to obtain an electronic version of the copyright form.

Author Consent Form

An Author Consent form for manuscripts that have more than one author is also required to ensure that all the authors are aware that the paper is being submitted to the Transactions. Click here to download the Author Consent Form.

The IEEE EMBS will apply sanctions against authors who are discovered to have made duplicate submissions to other journals. These sanctions are: (1) immediate rejection of the manuscript in question; (2) immediate return to the author and co-authors of any and all manuscripts currently under review; (3) prohibition against the authors/co-authors of any new submissions to any of the Society’s journals for one calendar year from date of formal notification.

Title and Abstract

During the login of an electronic submission in Manuscript central, the author will be asked to enter: the title, names and contact information for all authors (full mailing address, institutional affiliations, phone, fax, and e-mail), and the abstract. The name of the Corresponding Author who will serve as the main point of contact for the manuscript during the review and publication processes is entered separately. For manuscripts, an abstract of not more than 200 words is allowable. The abstract should indicate the scope of the paper , and summarize the author’s conclusions. This will make the abstract, by itself, a useful tool for information retrieval. Please be ready with this information when logging in Manuscript Central.

Illustrations and Tables

Illustrations/tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript. However, due to production requirements, for the final submission, illustrations/tables must be submitted separately, and not interwoven with the text. In the printing process, illustrations/tables may be reduced to one-column or two-column width–as much as a 4:1 reduction from the original. In illustrations, all words (as distinct from mathematical symbols) should be in capital letters and in a type size that will reduce to a minimum of 9 points or 3/16 in. high in the printed version. Sharp, laser-printed illustrations are acceptable; however, illustrations produced on dot-matrix printers should be redrawn. Only the major grid lines on graphs should be indicated. Each figure and table should have a caption that is intelligible without requiring reference to the text. Table and illustration captions should also be typed in a separate list and appended to the manuscript. See Electronic Guidelines below for further information.

Computer-Generated Images

If a manuscript includes computer-generated images, each copy of the submitted manuscript should include originals of these images. These should take the form of gray-scale images or color images. Printing of illustrations in color will be at the expense of the author. Halftones produced by laser printers (300 dpi) generally are not of acceptable quality and are susceptible to moire patterns when re-sized and screened. To conserve space in the publication, most illustrations are reduced to single-column width. However, the quality of the published image is of paramount importance. Author guidance is sought on the image size necessary to discern the level of detail the author believes is required. Thus, for each image, please specify a suggested publication width.

Page Charges

Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication, the author(s) or his/her/their company or institution will be asked to pay a charge of $110 per page to cover part of the cost of publication of the eight pages which comprise the standard manuscript length. Upon payment of these voluntary, the author will be entitled to 100 free, black-and-white reprints (without covers).

Mandatory Page Charges

The author(s) or his/her/their company or institution will be billed $250 per each page in excess of the first eight published pages. These are MANDATORY charges and the author(s) will be held responsible for them. Payment of these charges is not negotiable or voluntary; the author(s) signifies willingness to pay by signing the single spaced copy of the manuscript upon requested by the Editor in Chief. Further, submission by the author of his/her manuscript to these transactions signifies acceptance of the requirement to pay mandatory page charges. The Publisher holds the right to withhold publication of the current submission or any future submissions from the author(s) if this charge is not honored. To avoid incurring mandatory page charges, the author(s) are strongly advised to practice economy in the original manuscript submission and restraint in preparation of the final manuscript following peer review.

Color Charges

Color reproduction is expensive and all charges for color are the responsibility of the author. In deciding whether to have figures reproduced in color or in black-and white, the following estimates should be considered. There will be a charge of $125 for each figure; this charge may be subject to change without notification. In addition, there are printing preparation charges which may be ESTIMATED as follows: color reproductions on four or fewer pages of the manuscript: a total of approximately $1000; color reproductions on five pages through eight pages: a total of approximately $2100; color reproductions on nine through 12 pages: a total of approximately $3200, and so on. Payment of fees on color reproduction is not negotiable or voluntary, and the author’s agreement to publish the manuscript in the transactions is considered acceptance of this requirement.

Electronic Guidelines

Authors are requested to submit finalized manuscripts using the style files established by IEEE. Authors should follow the instructions and read the information in the IEEE Author Center.

Open Access

This publication is a hybrid journal, allowing either Traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author pays OA) manuscript submission. Upon submission, if you choose to have your manuscript be an Open Access article, you commit to pay the discounted $1,750 OA fee if your manuscript is accepted for publication in order to enable unrestricted public access. Any other application charges (such as over-length page charge and/or charge for the use of color in the print format) will be billed separately once the manuscript formatting is complete but prior to the publication. If you would like your manuscript to be a Traditional submission, your article will be available to qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. No OA payment is required for Traditional submission.


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