Technology and Health Care
Technology and Health Care is intended to serve as a forum for the presentation of original articles and technical notes, observing rigorous scientific standards. Furthermore, upon invitation, reviews, tutorials, discussion papers and minisymposia are featured. The main focus of THC is related to the overlapping areas of engineering and medicine. The following types of contributions are considered:
- Original articles: New concepts, procedures and devices associated with the use of technology in medical research and clinical practice are presented to a readership with a widespread background in engineering and/or medicine. In particular, the clinical benefit deriving from the application of engineering methods and devices in clinical medicine should be demonstrated. Typically, full length original contributions have a length of 4000 words, thereby taking duly into account figures and tables.
- Technical Notes and Short Communications: Technical Notes relate to novel technical developments with relevance for clinical medicine. In Short Communications, clinical applications are shortly described. Both Technical Notes and Short Communications typically have a length of 1500 words.
- Reviews and Tutorials (upon invitation only): Tutorial and educational articles for persons with a primarily medical background on principles of engineering with particular significance for biomedical applications and vice versa are presented. The Editorial Board is responsible for the selection of topics.
- Minisymposia (upon invitation only): Under the leadership of a Special Editor, controversial or important issues relating to health care are highlighted and discussed by various authors.
- Letters to the Editors: Discussions or short statements (not indexed).
Specific topics relating to medical and biological engineering within the journal’s scope are:
- Bioelectronics, clinical biomechanics, biophotonics
- Medical imaging technology, bio-imaging
- Surgical technology
- Monitoring devices, respiration technology, drug delivery systems
- Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures associated with Ionizing and non-ionizing radiation
- Artificial organs, biomaterials
- Tissue engineering, bio-inspired materials, molecular and cellular methods
- Devices and instruments for use in rehabilitation
- Telemedicine, e-health and mobile phone techniques for use in clinical medicine
- Home care technology
Note: In consideration of the rapid development of medical IT, the description of computer programs, in particular of AI and machine learning procedures, exhibiting screen shots, explicit computer code, etc. is not accepted for publication because of imminent obsoleteness. Likewise, for the same reason, computer-based image or biological signal analysis procedures without demonstration of long-lasting clinical relevance are not suited for publication. Furthermore, the presentation of surveys and questionnaire projects, often with local participation only, is not in agreement with the aims & scope of the journal.
PD Dr. Matthias Lahner
Prof. A.E. Engin 1999-2005
Associate Professor of Surgery
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN 37248
Biomedical Flow Dynamics Lab.
Creative Flow Research Div.
Institute of Fluid Science
2-1-1 Katahira Aoba-ku Sendai Miyagi, 980-8577
Public Health, Health Information Systems
R. Bhagyalakshmi, India
S. Dendorfer, Germany
Orthopedics, Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
W. Teske, Germany
Clinical Engineering, Health Technology Management, Human Factor Engineering
R. Miniati, Italy
Translational Surgical Research, Tissue Engineering
A.K. Saxena, UK
C. Schizas, Cyprus
M. Zhang Weibin, Singapore
SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT
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Please note that for articles that are submitted and accepted from 1 January 2017, authors will be required to pay a publication fee of €300/US$340 for full length papers and €150/US$175 for short papers. For articles submitted and accepted after 1 September 2018, authors will be required to pay a publication fee of €350/$400, regardless of the type of paper.
A waiver request for the publication fee should be submitted before the initial submission of a paper. Please send your title, abstract, keyword list and author list including affiliations (and if available ORCID IDs) to the Editors-in-Chief, along with your motivation for the waiver. Your request will be evaluated by the editorial office.
Required files for final submissions
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PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts. Peerwith offers a language and copyediting service to all scientists who want to publish their manuscript in scientific peer-reviewed periodicals and books. Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face. Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:
Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation. SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.
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Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text. Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text. Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead. Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.
Authors are requested to use the Vancouver citation style. Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references at the end of the manuscript. List the references in the order in which they appear in the text. Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Submitted articles can be listed as (author(s), unpublished data). If an article has a DOI, this should be provided after the page number details. The number is added after the letters 'doi'. Manuscripts will not be considered if they do not conform to the Vancouver citation guidelines. References must be listed in Vancouver style:  Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(12): 406.  Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.  Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.  Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.  Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from: www.cancer.ca/.
Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text. If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.
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