JMRR Special Issue on ACCAS


This special issue of Journal of Medical Robotics Research (JMRR) will feature outstanding original research presented at the 16th Asian Conference on Computer Aided Surgery (ACCAS) held online on November 27-28, 2020. Launched in 2015, JMRR is an emerging scientific journal bringing the state-of-the-art scientific and technological developments and clinical evaluations in the area of medical robotics to the audience with various backgrounds. JMRR and ACCAS share many of their scopes, including, but not limited to, robot-assisted surgery, image-guided interventions, surgical simulation, and surgical navigation. JMRR is indexed and abstracted in Scopus and Embase as well as other leading index archives.

This special issue aims to bridge the two rapidly-growing communities to allow their members to reach a broader audience. To ensure the seamless delivery of ACCAS’s most exciting presentations, the senior authors of invited papers may also be invited to the team of guest editors for this special issue.

Topics of Interest:

This special issue invites authors to submit original research papers or high-quality manuscripts on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to the followings:

  • Surgical Robotics and Instrumentation
  • Medical Imaging
  • Surgical Navigation
  • Surgical Simulation and Education
  • Computer Aided Diagnosis
  • Computer Assisted Radiation Therapy
  • Computer Assisted Orthopedic and Spinal Surgery
  • Computer Assisted ENT Surgery
  • Image Guided Neurosurgery
  • Image and Model Guided Therapy
  • Digital Operating Room
  • Computed Maxillofacial Imaging
  • Image Processing and Visualization
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Regulatory Science for CAS
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Telemedicine and e-Health
  • Microsurgery
  • AI for CAS


The special issue editors (listed below) including the general and program chairs of the conference will reach out to the senior authors of the papers, and invite submission of full papers extending the work presented in ACCAS. The authors will be expected to discuss the scope of the extended work to be included in the paper before they both agree to proceed with the paper submission.

Review Program

The submitted paper will be subject to peer-review per the journal review policy and only accepted only when they meet the scientific rigor of JMRR. The submitted papers will be reviewed in part by the program committee members of the conference who are familiar with the authors’ presentation to ensure continuity of the review process. External reviewers who are not at the conference may be invited to provide an unbiased review. The decision to the final acceptance of the paper will be made less than 90 days after the original submission. The journal will be issued before the ACCAS 2021.

Invitation to Special Issue Editorial Board

After a group of authors submit an article to the special issue, the senior author of the paper may be invited to join the Special Issue Editorial Board to help the Editors to manage the review process of the journal, particularly if they are in earlier stages of independent investigatorship. It will help them to learn the process of journal editorial process and present their career progression in the resume.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts must be submitted on-line, through Authors should follow the regular procedure to submit a paper to JMRR and they must clearly specify in the cover letter that the submission is intended for possible inclusion in the Special Issue / Section entitled “ACCAS 2021”. Instructions for Authors are available at:

Important Dates

  • Manuscript submission deadline: January 2021
  • Final Acceptance Notice: April 2021
  • On-line posting of the accepted paper: May 2021
  • Publication of the Special Issue / Section: August 2021

Guest Editors of the Special Issue / Section

Special Issue Editor

Junichi Tokuda (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA)

Special issue Co-Editor

Kiyoyuki Chinzei (Kiyoyuki Chinzei, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan, ACCAS Program Chair)

Nobuhiko Hata (Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, JMRR Editorial Board)

Etsuko Kobayashi (The University of Tokyo, Japan, ACCAS General Chair)

The senior authors of the submitted papers are to be added.

Nov. 27-28, 2020, Online