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Journal of Biomedical Optics Scope

Recent growth in the use of optics technology for biomedical research and health care has been explosive. New applications are made possible by emerging technologies in lasers, optoelectronic devices, fiber optics, physical and chemical sensors, and imaging, all of which are being applied to medical research, diagnostics, and therapy. The Journal of Biomedical Optics publishes peer-reviewed papers that utilize modern optical technology for improved health care and biomedical research.

Topics suitable for the Journal of Biomedical Optics include:

  • Medical and biological imaging instrumentation and techniques
  • Noninvasive physiological monitoring
  • Laser-tissue interactions and dosimetry
  • Laser diagnostic and laser therapeutic methods, instruments, and systems
  • Ophthalmic instruments, systems, implants, and clinical applications
  • Optical biosensors
  • Ultrasensitive detection and optical clinical chemistry
  • Optical tomography and photon migration
  • Endoscopic systems and applications
  • Biospectroscopy and optoelectronic instrumentation
  • Fiber optic sensors, instrumentation, and techniques
  • Optical and structural microscopy
  • Applications of optical systems and technologies to biology and medicine

In addition to contributed research papers, 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. To view a list of previously published special sections, see Past Special Sections.


2010 Journal Citation Data*

  • Impact Factor: 3.188
  • 5-Year Impact Factor: 3.659
  • Subject Category Rankings: 8th out of 78 journals in Optics; 24th out of 71 journals in Biochemical Research Methods; 23rd out of 111 journals in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
  • Immediacy Index: 0.401
  • Cited Half-Life: 4.3
  • Eigenfactor Score: 0.02353
  • Article Influence Score: 0.876

*From the 2010 Science Edition of Thomson Reuters' Journal Citation Reports® 


PubMed Central Deposits

All JBO articles that are identified as being funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are deposited in PubMed Central (PMC) upon publication, as of September 2009. This is a free service provided by the publisher and requires no action on the part of the author. Within a few weeks of online publication, the final article will be deposited in PMC. Authors will be provided with the PMC ID number via e-mail, once it has been assigned. Note that the full text of the article will not become available on PMC until after a one-year embargo period. For more information about the NIH Public Access Policy, see http://publicaccess.nih.gov/.


Open Access Options 

JBO offers authors three open access options:

Delayed open access: For authors who pay the voluntary page charges of $90 per published page in full, papers become open access one year after the date of publication. This policy is effective as of the September/October 2009 issue and is not available to authors who have published in prior issues.

Immediate open access: Authors have the option to pay an open access fee of $1500 to provide free online access to the full text of their paper immediately upon publication.

JBO Letters: All papers published in JBO Letters are automatically open access. Voluntary page charges still apply. For more information visit http://spie.org/x1830.xml


Publication Frequency Increase

JBO changed its print publication frequency from bimonthly to monthly in January 2011.



Abstracting and Indexing

The Journal of Biomedical Optics is abstracted and indexed 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 Chemical Abstracts.


JBO Utilizes e-First Publication

  • Authors benefit from an accelerated publication process, with articles being published online as they are approved.
  • Researchers gain access to research much earlier compared to print publication.

Additionally, JBO uses six-digit citation identifiers (CIDs) instead of page numbers. For more information, see the Citation Format page.


ISSN: 1083-3668
E-ISSN: 1560-2281


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