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Author Information for the Journal of Nanophotonics

The Journal of Nanophotonics (JNP) focuses on the fabrication and application of nanostructures that facilitate the generation, propagation, manipulation, and detection of light from the infrared to the ultraviolet regimes. Read the full scope.

In addition to contributed research papers, JNP occasionally includes 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.

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.


Types of Manuscripts

Letter: A short technical communication of significant interest intended for rapid publication in the JNP Letters section of the journal. The manuscript length may not exceed eight typeset pages. This corresponds to approximately 4000 words (excluding title, abstract, and author information); figures will further reduce the maximum word content.

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.

Commentary: A Commentary should be based primarily on research in the past two to three years. It should be written at a level accessible to readers who are not researchers themselves but who are interested in research. The number of authors must not exceed two. The total number of words should be between 900 and 1500. There can be one or two small illustrations, and no more than 10 references. No abstract is needed. A Commentary should begin with a paragraph conveying a sense of immediacy, and end with specific proposals for research in the next few years. Commentaries will be solicited by the Editor-in-Chief.

Why publish in this journal?

The Journal of Nanophotonics is published online as part of the SPIE Digital Library, accessible by researchers at many of the world's leading universities, laboratories, and corporations as well as thousands of individual subscribers.

Author benefits:

  • Rigorous and timely peer review process
  • Rapid publication (median time from acceptance to publication: 22 days)
  • Professional copyediting and typesetting
  • Free online color figures
  • Free inclusion of video and multimedia content
  • Reference linking via CrossRef
  • 5 free downloads from the SPIE Digital Library for authors
  • Open access publication option at a low cost
  • Abstracting and indexing in leading scientific databases, including Science Citation Index Expanded; Current Contents/Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences; Current Contents/Engineering, Computing & Technology; Inspec; Scopus; and Ei Compendex
  • Published by SPIE, a not-for-profit society publisher with a mission to advance light-based research and technologies for the betterment of the human condition

Publication Charges

JNP 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 publication charges. 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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