About the Journal

Launched in January 2017, Nature Biomedical Engineering publishes original research, reviews and commentary of high significance to the biomedical engineering community, including bench scientists interested in devising materials, methods, technologies or therapies to understand or combat disease; engineers designing or optimizing medical devices and procedures; and clinicians leveraging research outputs in biomedical engineering to assess patient health or deliver therapy across a variety of clinical settings and healthcare contexts.

Like all Nature-branded journals, Nature Biomedical Engineering is run by a dedicated team of professional editors, and provides fair and rigorous peer review, high standards of copy-editing and production, swift publication and editorial independence.

On this page: Aims & Scope | Content types | Online publication | Editors and Contact information | Editorial Advisory Panel | Relationship to other Nature journals | Abbreviation | How to cite our content | EISSN | Freely available content

Aims & Scope

Straddling the life sciences, the physical sciences and engineering, Nature Biomedical Engineering aims to bring together the most important advances from the broad discipline of biomedical engineering, enhancing their visibility through opinion and news articles, and providing overviews of the state of the art in each field. The journal's scope includes materials, therapies and devices that facilitate the understanding of human disease, or lead to improvements in human health or healthcare. For more information, please see Aims & Scope.

Content types

Nature Biomedical Engineering publishes original research in one format: Article. Review Articles are authoritative and balanced discussions of published research developments. Informed discussion of topical matters or of published findings and their prospects, and involving opinions and viewpoints, are published as Perspectives, Comments, and News & Views. For additional explanations and for formatting requirements, please see Content types.

Online publication

Nature Biomedical Engineering is an exclusively online publication. Articles are published weekly, and as soon as they are ready. Papers published online are definitive and may be altered only through the publication of an addendum, corrigendum or erratum, so authors should make every effort to ensure that page proofs are correct.

Editors and Contact information

Like all the other Nature-branded titles, Nature Biomedical Engineering has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of professional editors. For information on their editorial and research backgrounds, please see About the Editors.

Inquiries should be sent to nBME@nature.com. General editorial inquiries and correspondence should be addressed to the Editor, and inquiries about the status of a manuscript should be addressed to the Editorial Assistant. To inquire about institutional access, advertising or marketing, please contact the appropriate department.

Editorial Advisory Panel

Nature Biomedical Engineering will appoint renowned clinicians and medical engineers as editorial advisors. The panel will provide advice to the editors, who will remain solely responsible for all editorial decisions. Membership to the advisory panel does not grant special consideration with regards to journal policies.

Relationship to other Nature journals

Nature Biomedical Engineering is editorially independent; its editors make their own decisions, independent of the other journals from Nature Publishing Group. If a paper is rejected from one Nature journal, the authors can use an automated manuscript transfer service to submit the paper to another Nature journal via a transfer link sent to them by the editor handling the manuscript. Authors should note that any referee reports (including any confidential comments to the editor) and reviewer identities are transferred to the editors of the receiving journal along with the manuscript. The editors will take these reports into account when making their decision, although in some cases they may choose to take advice from additional or alternative referees. Alternatively, authors may choose to request a fresh review, in which case they should not use the transfer link; the editors will then evaluate the paper without reference to the previous review process. More details are available on the manuscript transfer service and on the relationships between Nature-branded titles.

For papers that could satisfy the scope of more than one Nature journal, the choice of which journal to submit to first lies with the authors.


The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Nat. Biomed. Eng.

How to cite our content

Before August 2017, each piece of content was assigned a DOI (digital object identifier) and an article number. From August 2017, each piece of content is assigned a DOI and is then paginated when it appears in an issue. Article numbers are no longer assigned. To cite our content, follow these guidelines:

For paginated content published from August 2017:

Surname, N. Title of piece. Nat. Biomed. Eng. VolumeNumber, StartPage–EndPage (Year).

For non-paginated content published from August 2017:

Surname, N. Title of the piece. Nat. Biomed. Eng. https://doi.org/DOI (Year).

(Please note that content published without page numbers will be paginated when it appears in an issue.)

For content published before August 2017:

Surname, N. Title of piece. Nat. Biomed. Eng. VolumeNumber, ArticleNumber (Year).

Please note that that, typically, page numbers are separated by an en dash (rather than a hyphen), and that when the number of authors is 5 or less, their names should be included in the citation (for example: Surname1, N., Surname2, N. N. & Surname3, N.); otherwise, use Surname, N. et al. Citation information for every piece of content is available either at the top of the page or under the 'Info' tab, and can be downloaded as a RIS file.


The electronic international standard serial number (EISSN) for Nature Biomedical Engineering is ISSN 2157-846X.

Freely available content

Nature Biomedical Engineering is a subscription-based journal, yet as a newly launched title some articles are occasionally made free-to-access in order to showcase the journal's content and give readers and authors a clearer idea of the journal's scope.

Nature Biomedical Engineering does not offer open-access licensing options, although specific papers are occasionally made open-access when they are deemed to be of exceptional value. The application of an open-access licence is at the discretion of the editors. Full details of our policy are available.