Aims & Scope


Nature Biomedical Engineering aspires to become the most prominent publishing venue in biomedical engineering by bringing together the most important advances in the discipline, enhancing their visibility by means of opinion and news articles, and providing overviews of the state of the art in each field through topic-, disease- or technology-focused review articles.

The journal's editorial team strives for excellence in content selection, commissioning and editing, in author and reviewer service, and in engagement with the biomedical engineering community. In particular, Nature Biomedical Engineering aims to

  • cover the full spectrum of research from the interdisciplinary discipline of biomedical engineering, inspire biomedical engineers to help solve outstanding health challenges, and effectively disseminate the successes of the discipline to the wider scientific community.
  • uphold the standards of content quality and author service expected of the Nature-branded family of journals.
  • engage with the broad biomedical engineering community, through regular editorial presence at key conferences, visits to laboratories and hospitals, and participation in social media.

Research in biomedical engineering involves both discovery and invention. Clinical advances provide input for further improvements in methodology and for generating hypotheses to be tested in the laboratory; and conversely, the results of fundamental advances in biology, medicine, materials and physicochemical and engineering processes can lead to the development of therapy and technology that may reach the clinic. Indeed, major inventions of biomedical engineering — such as artificial joints, magnetic resonance imaging, heart pacemakers, heart–lung machines and angioplasties — are built on findings stemming from basic research and have enabled further discoveries. By publishing content that traverses field boundaries, Nature Biomedical Engineering helps to build bridges between bench researchers, clinicians and medical engineers.


Straddling the life sciences, the physical sciences and engineering, Nature Biomedical Engineering covers materials, therapies, devices, technology, systems, methods and processes that facilitate the understanding of human disease, or its prevention, diagnosis, treatment, alleviation or monitoring.

The journal disseminates biological, medical and engineering advances — of fundamental, mechanistic, methodological, technological, therapeutic, translational or clinical nature — that can directly lead to or inspire improvements in human health or healthcare. The emphasis is on advances that draw on both the biomedical sciences and the physical sciences, engineering, mathematics or informatics.

The scope hence excludes advances that improve the understanding of human biology or disease but whose relevance for health or healthcare is judged to be insufficient, as well as advances that do not make use of principles or tools from the physical sciences or engineering.

Topics covered in Nature Biomedical Engineering include:

Artificial organs Computational medicine Molecular and cell engineering
Bio-MEMS Diagnostics Nanomedicine
Biochips Drug and cell delivery Neural engineering
Bioelectronics Genetic engineering Orthopaedics
Biomaterials Genomic engineering Precision medicine
Biomechanics Health informatics Prosthetics
Biomedical analytics Health systems engineering Regenerative medicine
Biomedical imaging Human modelling and simulation Rehabilitation engineering
Biomedical instrumentation Immunoengineering Synthetic biology
Biomedical sensors Implants Systems biology
Biomolecular engineering Mechanobiology Systems physiology
Bionics Medical devices Tissue engineering
Biosignal processing Medical robotics Translational medicine
Clinical engineering Medical technology Vaccines
Clinical trials Micro- and nanobiotechnology Wearable technology

For topics in biology, Nature Biomedical Engineering covers those that interface with the physical sciences or engineering in the context of human health or healthcare.