To establish and maintain the level of excellence of a journal it is necessary that submitted papers be critically read by someone who can judge the correctness, originality, and significance of the work. The closer the assigning editor can match the topic of the paper to the reviewer, the more likely we will be able to render a fair decision on the publication of the paper. We realize that many scientists and engineers may not have the time to contribute papers to SPIE journals, but reviewing a paper on a topic related to your expertise is a valuable contribution to the advancement of the field. Participating in the peer review process is also a way to stay informed about emerging scientific advances. The Board of Editors asks you to agree to serve as a reviewer and to identify your particular area of expertise.
Responsibilities of Reviewers
The anonymous evaluation of a technical paper should follow some generally accepted professional guidelines, and it places the reviewer under certain obligations to the author and the journal. Reviewers are encouraged to refer to the following resources:
- COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers
- A list of basic principles to which peer reviewers should adhere, from the Committee on Publication Ethics.
- Editorial: Reviewing Papers
- An editorial by the former Editor-in-Chief of Optical Engineering, Don O'Shea, describing the peer review process and the responsibilities of reviewers.
- Checklist for Editors, Reviewers, and Authors
- A checklist to aid in the technical evaluation of journal papers. This checklist guides reviewers and authors alike through a list of questions that will help them determine the novelty, significance, accuracy, and quality of a paper.
Before accepting a review assignment, reviewers should disclose conflicts of interest resulting from direct competitive, collaborative, or other relationships with any of the authors, and avoid cases in which such conflicts preclude an objective evaluation. If you are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest, you should seek advice from the journal.
If you are unable to review a manuscript, you should decline the invitation promptly and you are encouraged to provide suggestions of other potential reviewers who would be qualified to examine the manuscript.
Sign Up As a Potential Reviewer
SPIE journals use a web-based peer-review system. To register yourself as a potential reviewer, or to update your information, please follow the instructions below.
If you have been an author or reviewer for an SPIE journal in the past, there should already be an account established for you in the system. Choose the journal related to your research area to the right to go to the online review system and follow the login instructions presented there. Please note that the reviewer database is shared between journals; if you already have a login for one journal, you do not need to create a separate account to become a reviewer for a different journal. If you do not remember your username or password, use the "Unknown/Forgotten Password" link on the bottom of the Welcome/Login page. Once you have logged in, you may update your contact information and areas of expertise by clicking on the “Modify Profile/Password” link under the “General Tasks” heading. Pay particular attention to your choice of keywords, because the editorial board will use these terms to match the topic of a paper with an appropriate reviewer. There are links in the system to get help from the journal staff if you have any difficulties.
If you have never been an author or reviewer for an SPIE journals, you will need to set up a new account. Choose the journal related to your research area to the right and click on the “New users…” link near the bottom of the page to register for a new account. Please note that the reviewer database is shared between journals; if you already have a login for one journal, you do not need to create a separate account to become a reviewer for a different journal. Once you have gained access to the website, you will be asked to update your profile with your current contact information and areas of expertise. Pay particular attention to your choice of keywords, because the editorial board will use these terms to match the topic of a paper with an appropriate reviewer. There are links in the system to get help from the journal staff if you have any difficulties.
We thank you for taking the time and offering your talent to this critical aspect of technical publishing.
SPIE would like to thank the reviewers who have contributed to the success of our journals. Click below to view the lists of reviewers who contributed their time to our journals in the past year:
2015 JARS reviewers
2015 JATIS reviewers
2015 JBO reviewers
2015 JEI reviewers
2015 JMI reviewers
2015 JM3 reviewers
2015 JNP reviewers
2015 JPE reviewers
2015 Neurophotonics reviewers
2015 OE reviewers