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Author Information for Neurophotonics

At the interface of optics and neuroscience, Neurophotonics covers cutting-edge technological advances and the impact on neuroscience and clinical applications. Read the full scope.


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 Letters section of the journal. The manuscript length may not exceed four published 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 page length estimator is available.

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. An author interested in submitting a review paper should first submit a proposal to the Editor for approval, including an abstract and an outline of the manuscript.

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 Neurophotonics. 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 Neurophotonics 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.

News and Comment: A description of news and opinions on a topic of general interest to the readers of Neurophotonics. Potential authors are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief before writing the manuscript.


Why publish in this journal?

Neurophotonics 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:

  • Articles are deposited into PubMed Central on behalf of the author, with full-text access available one year after publication
  • Indexing in PubMed
  • Rapid publication of articles 
  • Rigorous peer review
  • Professional copyediting and typesetting
  • Free online color figures
  • Multimedia 
  • 5 free downloads for authors from the SPIE Digital Library
  • Open access publication at a low cost

Page Charges

Neurophotonics 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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