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On this page: The editorial process | Initial submission | Peer review | Post review | Editorial and publishing policies | Covers and other artwork

The editorial process

For a detailed description of the editorial process used by Nature Biomedical Engineering please see Editorial process.

Initial submission

For details about the initial submission process please see Initial submission. All submissions should be made via our manuscript tracking system. Our brief guide to manuscript submission provides a convenient overview of key information on submitting primary research for publication in Nature Biomedical Engineering. For a description of the types of contributions that can be submitted to the journal, along with their length and figure limits, please see Content types.

Peer review

Nature Biomedical Engineering offers traditional single-blind peer review as well as double-blind peer review. The double-blind peer-review option allows authors to remain anonymous to referees. Authors who wish to participate should check the box 'Yes I do want to participate in double-blind peer review' during the submission procedure and ensure that their manuscript is prepared in a way that does not give away their identities. Please see our checklist on how to prepare manuscripts for double-blind peer review. For further details about the peer-review process and information for referees please see For referees.

Post review

A priority of Nature Biomedical Engineering is that all papers be accessible to non-specialists. Manuscripts are subject to substantial editing to achieve this goal. The editor may perform or request substantial editing before acceptance. Likewise, after acceptance a copy editor will make further changes so that the text and figures conform to the journal's style and are readable and clear to those outside the field. Contributors are welcome to discuss proposed changes with the editors and are sent proofs before publication, but Nature Biomedical Engineering reserves the right to make the final decision about matters of style and the size of figures.

The editors also reserve the right to reject a paper even after it has been accepted if it becomes apparent that there are serious problems with the scientific content or with violations of our publishing policies.

Editorial and publishing policies

For detailed information about author-and-referee services and publication policies at the Nature family of journals, please see For authors & referees. Nature Biomedical Engineering and the other Nature journals share a number of common policies, including:

  • Author responsibilities
  • Licence agreement and author copyright
  • Compliance with open-access mandates
  • Embargo policy and press releases
  • Use of experimental animals and human subjects
  • Competing financial interests
  • Availability of materials and data
  • Reporting requirements for life-sciences articles
  • Digital image integrity and standards
  • Security concerns
  • Refutations, complaints and corrections
  • Duplicate publications
  • Confidentiality and pre-publicity
  • Plagiarism and fabrication

Covers and other artwork

Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to submit images for consideration as cover images and featured images. These images are normally linked to a specific paper, but we may also use the images elsewhere in the journal website, such as for the top-of-page image on the journal website. Cover and featured images are selected for their scientific interest and aesthetic appeal. Please send high-resolution images along with a clear and concise explanation.