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Nature Biomedical Engineering
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Launched in January 2017, Nature Biomedical Engineering is an online-only monthly journal publishing 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. All editorial decisions are made by the editors.


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.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2020-03-12
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