SPIE Professional

About the Magazine

SPIE Professional coverSPIE Professional is a quarterly magazine highlighting optics and photonics technology and industry. Feature articles showcase scientific discovery and innovative real-world applications of technology, and are written to be accessible to everyone working in the field of photonics, from entry-level technicians to lithographers to biophotonic researchers. Because the magazine exists to serve SPIE Members, we include articles to help Members grow in their careers and stay informed about relevant changes in US and international policy, as well as important updates about the Society. Learn how to submit an article or subscribe to the magazine below.






How to Get Involved


A subscription to SPIE Professional 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 complementary SPIE journal subscription.

Write an article

SPIE Professional 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, Policy, or Technology. 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 spieprofessional@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

Starting in 2020, the magazine will include a new section called Reflections. In this section, we'll feature reader-created images of light-based technology and light properties. Photos can be taken with a professional camera or on a smartphone, 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 spieprofessional@spie.org.

The fine print.


Advertising in SPIE Professional provides a unique opportunity to reach a highly qualified audience (both industry and academia) of some 18,000 SPIE Members, with bonus distribution at SPIE's largest meetings, like Photonics West. See our Information for Advertisers for rates and the 2020 media kit.

Contact Us

For any other information about SPIE Professional, please contact:

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

For SPIE Professional advertising information, please contact:

Melissa Farlow
phone | +1 360 685-5596
fax | +1 360 647-1445

SPIE Professional is a quarterly print magazine that will arrive SPIE Member mailboxes the first week of January, April, July, and October. For questions about subscriptions or address changes, please contact SPIE Customer Service.