Photonics Focus

About the Magazine

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Photonics Focus is a new bimonthly print and online magazine highlighting optics and photonics technology and industry, published by SPIE. Feature articles showcase scientific discovery and innovative real-world applications of optics and photonics, and should be of interest to professionals working in all fields of photonics.

Because the magazine exists to serve the SPIE mission, we include articles to help readers grow in their careers, find new jobs, and stay informed about relevant changes in US and international policy. Photonics Focus will also provide important updates about SPIE services, upcoming meetings, and community support.

Learn how to submit an article or subscribe to the magazine below.

What happened to SPIE Professional?

After listening to reader feedback, it was determined that the SPIE Professional name no longer represents the publication's scope, and that the title caused confusion for readers. After 14 years, the SPIE Professional quarterly magazine is discontinued. Starting in January 2020, SPIE Members will receive the bimonthly magazine Photonics Focus as a membership benefit instead of SPIE Professional. The increased frequency will enable SPIE to deliver more timely information about technology developments and news relevant to the community.

Read the SPIE Professional archives.

How to Get Involved

Subscribe

A subscription to Photonics Focus is included in SPIE Membership, along with many other valuable benefits, including discounts on event registration and courses, a free online professional development course, free downloads from the SPIE Digital Library, and a complimentary SPIE journal subscription.

Write an article

Photonics Focus publishes articles about people and technology in the optics and photonics community, and articles are authored by science journalists and experts working in the field. Article proposals should be related to a recurring section, such as career, industry news, or histories, and should be relevant to a specific issue theme per the editorial calendar. If you have an article idea that you would like to be considered for publication, please write a proposal containing a one-paragraph abstract of your proposed topic. Send the proposal and a one-page writing sample to photonicsfocus@spie.org.

Articles accepted for publication may be published in SPIE Professional or SPIE News, the Society's online news site, at the editor's discretion and in agreement with the author.

Submit a photo to "Reflections"

The last page of every issue will feature reader-created images of light-based technology and light properties. Photos should be taken with a professional camera, out in the world or in a lab.

Photos should be submitted via social media by mentioning @SPIEtweets (twitter) or @spiephotonics (Instagram), and using the tag #photonics. They can also be sent by email to photonicsfocus@spie.org.

The fine print.

Advertising

Advertising in Photonics Focus allows your company or product to reach more than 19,000 SPIE members, plus thousands more at world-class SPIE conferences like Photonics West. See our Information for Advertisers for rates and the 2020 media kit.

Contact Us

For any other information about Photonics Focus please contact:

Gwen Weerts, Managing Editor
photonicsfocus@spie.org
P.O. Box 10
Bellingham, WA 98227
phone | +1-360-685-5585

For Photonics Focus advertising information, please contact:

Melissa Valum
melissav@spie.org
phone | +1 360 685-5596
fax | +1 360 647-1445

Photonics Focus is a bimonthly print magazine that will arrive SPIE Member mailboxes the first week of January, March, May, July, September, and November. For questions about subscriptions or address changes, please contact SPIE Customer Service.

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