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Subscription Agents: Information on SPIE Journals

Subscription agents worldwide may submit orders and payments for subscriptions to SPIE journals for organizations or for individuals who are not members of SPIE. The same terms apply to both institutions and these individuals.

The SPIE journals and their first years of publication are:

  • Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (2007)
  • Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (2015)
  • Journal of Biomedical Optics (1996)
  • Journal of Electronic Imaging (1992)
  • Journal of Medical Imaging (2014)
  • Journal of Micro/Nanopatterning, Materials, and Metrology (formerly Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS) (2002)
  • Journal of Nanophotonics (2007)
  • Journal of Photonics for Energy (2011)
  • Neurophotonics (2014)
  • Optical Engineering (1962)

Every journal is hosted on SPIEDigitallibrary.org.

Subscription Term and Activation

Subscriptions are valid for the calendar year―from 1 January through 31 December, regardless of when the subscription is ordered. No refunds on cancellations are granted.

Subscriptions will be activated once full payment is received.

In order to have online access, which is controlled by IP authentication, a subscriber must have an SPIE Online Journals Institutional Subscription Agreement on record with SPIE which has current contact and IP range information. For an institution with more than one site, SPIE needs to have the completed first page for the main subscriber and the IP addresses for all covered sited is the appendix.


If a subscription has not been renewed by 31 December, online access will be terminated until the subscription is renewed and payment received for the new year’s subscription.

Online Site Licenses

Online access for a single institutional site is the basic subscription for each SPIE journal; it includes access to the journal’s content from volume 1 to the content published in the subscription year.

Every SPIE journal has an online format; seven of the ten journals have print format as well (see below) which may be ordered in addition to the online site license.

SPIE defines an institutional site as a distinct location with separate administration.

For two sites, an organization should purchase an online subscription and submit the SPIE Online Journals Institutional Subscription Agreement (see above on subscription activation) for both sites.

For three or more sites, an organization should order a multi-site online license, which costs three times the price of single-site license.

If an institution wants to have differing numbers of paper copies and sites covered by online subscriptions, it should order the appropriate online site licenses and paper copies.

Procedures for Submitting Subscription Orders

SPIE provides a subscription order form that a subscription agent may use to submit an order for new or renewal subscriptions for an institution. That may be submitted by email (to subscriptions@spie.org), fax (to +1 360 647 1445), or mail (P.O. Box 10, Bellingham, WA  98227-0010 USA). Alternatively an order may be placed with

SPIE Subscription Services by telephone to +1 360 676 3290 (or +1 888 504 8171 US Only).

If an agent is submitting multiple orders at once, a spreadsheet with all of the necessary information may be sent to SPIE by email, fax, or mail.

Procedures for Making Payments on Subscription Orders

All payments must be made in U.S. Dollars.

They may be drafted on a U.S. bank or by international money order with SPIE the payee.

Payment by bank transfer must include a copy of the transfer order.  For wire transfers and bank information, contact SPIE at customerservice@spie.org. 

Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Diners Club, and American Express credit cards may be used for payments with card number, security code, expiration date, and signature provided.

Subscriptions will be initiated only after payment is received.

2018 Subscription Prices:

Online Only Access
        Single Site  Multiple Site Licenses*
All SPIE Journals $4,550 $13,650
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (quarterly) $320 $960
Journal of  Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments,
and Systems (quarterly)
$415 $1,245
Journal of Biomedical Optics (monthly) $645 $1,935
Journal of Electronic Imaging (bimonthly) $430 $1,290
Journal of Medical Imaging (quarterly) $415 $1,245
Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (quarterly) $415 $1,245
Journal of Nanophotonics (quarterly) $320 $960
Journal of Photonics for Energy (quarterly) $320 $960
Neurophotonics (quarterly) $415 $1,245
Optical Engineering (monthly) $855 $2,565
Online Access for a Single Site + One Print Copy*
         U.S.                   Outside U.S.
All SPIE Journals $6,160  $6,620
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes,
Instruments, and Systems (quarterly)
$555  $595
Journal of Biomedical Optics (monthly) $1,065  $1,185
Journal of Electronic Imaging (bimonthly) $640  $700
Journal of Medical Imaging (quarterly) $555  $595
Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS,
and MOEMS (quarterly)
$555  $595
Neurophotonics (quarterly) $555  $595
Optical Engineering (monthly) $1,275  $1,395
One Print Copy* (Available with multi-site online licenses)
           U.S.           Outside U.S.
All SPIE Journals $1,610  $2,070
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments,
and Systems (quarterly)
$140  $180
Journal of Biomedical Optics (monthly) $420  $540
Journal of Electronic Imaging (bimonthly) $210  $270
Journal of Medical Imaging (quarterly) $140  $180
Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS,
and MOEMS (quarterly)
$140  $180
Neurophotonics (quarterly) $140  $180
Optical Engineering (monthly) $420  $540

*The other three journals do not have print format options.

Print prices include shipping at the periodical rate within the U.S. and standard air for overseas.

Features of SPIE Journals

Journal articles are published in the SPIE Digital Library "e-first": as soon as articles are copyedited and typeset they are published online.  The articles are available to researchers promptly in their final form.

Features of the SPIE journal program include the following:

  • Easy access to SPIE journal(s) and complete archives
  • Powerful searching and browsing tools across the SPIE Digital Library, including Related Content pinpointing similar articles and proceedings papers
  • Browsing by table of contents, abstracts, year, title, and technology area
  • Color images and multimedia content
  • Audited COUNTER IV compliant reports of usage
  • MARC records available through OCLC
  • Co-branding availability
  • No restriction on number of concurrent users
  • Convenient reference linking
  • IP authentication (no username to remember)
  • Downloadable citations in multiple formats
  • Excellent customer support
  • Portico and CLOCKSS participation
  • Author Choice CC-BY 3.0 open access

Obtaining COUNTER Statistics

Users with administrative rights can download usage statistics by signing in to the SPIE Digital Library using their personal user account and then navigating to My Account > Institutional Administration > COUNTER Reports. For detailed instructions, please download our COUNTER Usage Reports Guide.  

If you have a problem generating the reports, please contact SPIEDLSupport@spie.org for assistance.

Mail Dates and Claim Policy

Subscription agents and subscribers should be familiar with Journal Mail Dates and Claim Policy page on and follow the directions in placing claims.

Print volumes of the SPIE journals are mailed out after the online issue is closed to publication. The cover date of the issue reflects the period during which the papers in that issue appear online, rather than the date of print distribution. For example, a January issue contains papers published online during January, and the issue is printed and mailed in mid-February.

Claims must be placed within four months of the mail date. To make a claim on a subscription, complete the Claim Form and return it to customerservice@spie.org. 

Contact Information

Mary Summerfield manages the relationship between SPIE and subscription agents.

Subscriptions@spie.org handles subscription orders.

Mailing address:

SPIE Subscriptions
P.O. Box 10
Bellingham, WA  98227-0010 USA
Tel: +1 360 676 3290 (worldwide)   +1 888 504 8171 (US Only) 
Fax: +1 360 647 1445