The Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO) is a print and online journal that publishes peer-reviewed papers on the use of modern optical technology for improved health care and biomedical research. Read the full scope.
The journal publishes full-length research papers, letters, opinions, outlooks, tutorials, and reviews. In addition to contributed research articles, JBO often publishes special sections in key areas of technology. Special sections are assembled by guest editors. See the editorial schedule for a list of forthcoming special section topics and dates.
Guidelines for Authors
Authors should read the General Guidelines and Policies for Journal Authors for details about journal policies, manuscript preparation, submission, and publication in SPIE journals.
Letter: A short technical communication of significant interest intended for rapid publication in the JBO Letters section of the journal. The manuscript length may not exceed four printed journal pages. This corresponds to approximately 4000 words (excluding title, abstract, and author information); figures will further reduce the maximum word content. A page length template can help determine final typeset page length.
A Letters page length template (.doc) is available for your convenience. Please note that this template should not be used for layout and formatting of your manuscript. It should only be used to roughly determine the final length of a typeset paper. To use this template, copy and paste the text of your abstract, paper body, and references where shown, and do not change font or margins. Insert and size your figures and captions to determine if the paper will fit within the four-page limit. For manuscript formatting templates, please refer to the instructions in the General Guidelines for Authors.
Regular Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended as a regular contribution to the journal.
Special Section Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended for submission to a special topical section organized by a guest editor.
Review Paper: An article reviewing a particular topic or field. Review papers are typically invited papers written by a highly regarded expert in the field. Review articles summarize progress made in a particular research or development area during a specified period and summarize the current state of the art.
Technical Note: A concise description of a software package, instrument, chemical, or procedure that provides a solution to a specific problem and has sufficient value to many readers of JBO. The Note length may not exceed five printed journal pages.
Tutorial: A tutorial is an introductory and systematic description of a technology or a research topic. Tutorials should be accessible to general readers of JBO and may include homework problems.
Outlook: A visionary type of paper that takes a speculative look at where a technology or a research area might be heading. Of particular interest are the prospects in the next 5-15 years. Outlook papers should include a brief overview followed by predictions for the future and may occupy 5-10 printed pages in the journal. Potential authors are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief before writing the manuscript.
Opinion: A description of opinions on a topic of general interest to the readers of JBO. Potential authors are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief before writing the manuscript.
Why publish in this journal?
JBO is a highly ranked journal focused on the applications of emerging technologies in lasers, optoelectronic devices, fiber optics, sensors, and imaging to medical research, diagnostics, and therapy.
- Online-first publication of articles
- Established and competitive impact factor
- Professional copyediting and typesetting
- Rigorous peer review and rapid publication
- Free online color figures
- Multimedia integration
- 5 free downloads for authors from the SPIE Digital Library
- Open access publication at a low cost
- NIH-funded articles are deposited into PubMed Central (PMC) at no charge, with full-text access available one year after publication.
- Abstracting and indexing in leading scientific databases, including Index Medicus/MEDLINE; Science Citation Index; Current Contents/Life Sciences; Current Contents/Engineering, Computers & Technology; Inspec; Scopus; Ei Compendex; and Astrophysics Data System
JBO offers the option of open access publication for a flat rate of $960 for standard articles and $660 for Letters. SPIE open access fees are kept low in recognition of the fact that many authors have limited funding available to cover publication expenses. Open access papers are published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. Read more about our open access program. Your decision on whether to pay for open access has no impact on the review process or the timing of publication of the article.
There are no mandatory page charge fees. If you do not choose to pay for open access, your paper will be published under subscription access control with the standard SPIE transfer of copyright agreement. Read more about the rights and restrictions of these publication licenses.
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