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Journal Mail Dates & Claim Policy

SPIE journals are published on an e-first basis. Individual articles are published online in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as they are approved for final publication.

Print volumes of the SPIE journals are mailed out after the online issue is closed to publication. The cover date of the issue now reflects the period during which the papers in that issue appear online, rather than the date of print distribution. For example, the January issue contains papers published online from 1 to 30 January, and the issue is printed and mailed in mid-February. Please wait 6-9 weeks after the cover date of the issue before submitting claims.

Such claims must be filed within four months of the mail date. To make a claim on a subscription, please complete the Claim FormPDF and return it to customerservice@spie.org.  

The following tables show the mailing dates for the journal issues published in the last 12 months.

Optical Engineering (monthly)
Vol:Iss Month Year Date Mailed
55:1 Jan 2016 2/11/16
55:2 Feb 2016 3/12/16
55:3 Mar 2016 4/22/16
55:4 Apr 2016 5/18/16
55:5 May 2016 6/9/16
55:6 Jun 2016 7/20/16
55:7 Jul 2016 8/15/16
55:8 Aug 2016 9/19/16
55:9 Sep 2016 10/18/16
55:10 Oct 2016 11/16/16
55:11 Nov 2016 12/15/16
55:12 Dec 2016 1/19/17
Journal of Biomedical Optics
Vol:Iss Month Year Date Mailed
21:1 Jan 2016 2/11/16
21:2 Feb 2016 3/12/16
21:3 Mar 2016 4/22/16
21:4 Apr 2016 5/12/16
21:5 May 2016 6/9/16
21:6 Jun 2016 7/20/16
21:7 Jul 2016 8/15/16
21:8 Aug 2016 9/19/16
21:9 Sep 2016 10/18/16
21:10 Oct 2016 11/16/16
21:11 Nov 2016 12/15/16
21:12 Dec 2016 1/19/17
Journal of Electronic Imaging (bimonthly)
Vol:Iss Month Year Date Mailed
25:1 Jan/Feb 2016 3/17/16
25:2 Mar/Apr 2016 5/12/16
25:3 May/Jun 2016 7/20/16
25:4 Jul/Aug 2016 9/19/16
25:5 Sep/Oct 2016 11/16/16
25:6 Nov/Dec 2016 1/19/17
Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (quarterly)
Vol:Iss Month Year Date Mailed
15:1 Jan-Mar 2016 4/21/16
15:2 Apr-Jun 2016 7/20/16
15:3 Jul-Sep 2016 10/18/16
15:4 Oct-Dec 2016 1/19/17
Journal of Medical Imaging (quarterly)
Vol:Iss Month Year Date Mailed
3:1 Jan-Mar 2016 4/18/16
3:2 Apr-Jun 2016 7/20/16
3:3 Jul-Sep 2016 10/17/16
2:4 Oct-Dec 2015 1/20/16
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (quarterly)
Vol:Iss Month Year Date Mailed
2:1 Jan-Mar 2016 4/27/16
2:2 Apr-Jun 2016 7/20/16
2:3 Jul-Sep 2016 10/23/16
2:4 Oct-Dec 2016 1/19/17
Neurophotonics (quarterly)
Vol:Iss Month Year Date Mailed
3:1 Jan-Mar 2016 4/18/16
3:2 Apr-Jun 2016 7/20/16
3:3 Jul-Sep 2016 11/4/16
3:4 Oct-Dec 2016 1/19/17

Delivery Times

DestinationMaximum Weeks to Deliver*
United States 5
Canada 5
Europe 7
Australia 7
South America 7
Asia 8
Middle East 8
India 8

* For standard delivery method.