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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.

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.


Submit a manuscript

Authors should read and follow the instructions on how to prepare and format a manuscript prior to submission. Authors should also read the journal policies prior to submission to ensure their manuscript meets the journal requirements. The journal policies also provide information about submitting a proceedings manuscript to the journal.

The Journal of Nanophotonics uses an online submission system. Please do not submit your manuscript via e-mail.

All authors are required to include a cover letter with their submission explaining the significance and novelty of the work, the problem that is being addressed, and why the manuscript belongs in this journal. This cover letter sample (.doc) can be used as a template.

JNP typically allows only one round of major revision. Authors should carefully address all reviewer comments when submitting a revised manuscript. Also note that resubmission of a rejected manuscript is normally not allowed until three months after the decision date.


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 six typeset pages. This corresponds to approximately 3000 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:

  • Rapid review and publication of articles 
  • Professional copyediting and typesetting
  • Free online color figures
  • Video and audio content
  • Video abstracts of papers
  • Reference linking via CrossRef
  • 5 free downloads for authors from the SPIE Digital Library
  • Open access publication at a low cost through payment of voluntary page charges
  • Voluntary page charges
  • 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.

Page Charges

Payment of page charges for JNP is voluntary, at $60 per typeset page. Page charge support helps SPIE as a not-for-profit society to offset the costs involved in the publication of research results, including copyediting, typesetting, and xml conversion. SPIE journal page charges are kept low in recognition of the fact that many authors have limited funding available to cover publication expenses. Authors who pay the voluntary page charges in full receive the benefit of open access for their paper. Open access papers are also published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. Read more about our open access program.

An author's decision on whether to pay page charges has no impact on the review process or the timing of publication of the article. Articles for which publication fees are not paid in full are 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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