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Biomedical Optics Express (BOEx) is OSA's principal outlet for serving the biomedical optics community with peer-reviewed papers related to optics, photonics and optical imaging in the life sciences. BOEx offers rapid time-to-publication, an interactive online interface and open access.

The journal's scope encompasses fundamental research, technology development, biomedical studies and clinical applications. BOEx focuses on the leading edge topics in the field, including:

  • Tissue optics and spectroscopy
  • Novel microscopies
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Diffuse and fluorescence tomography
  • Photoacoustic and multimodal imaging
  • Molecular imaging and therapies
  • Nanophotonic biosensing
  • Optical biophysics/photobiology
  • Microfluidic optical devices
  • Vision research

BOEx considers original research articles, feature issue contributions, invited reviews, and comments on published articles.

Submission Information

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Authors benefit from:

  • Rapid review, from submission to publication averaging less than 75 days and acceptance to online publication within 7 days.
  • Affiliation with a leading international optics society that publishes the most-cited journals in optics.
  • Content distributed broadly through major abstract/index services such as Web of Science, Google Scholar, and PubMed.
  • PubMed Central deposit of all BOEx articles following publication. BOEx articles assigned both PubMed and PubMed Central IDs and are fully searchable in both systems.
  • Visibility within OSA Publishing's Digital Library and Optics ImageBank searchable graphics repository.

Please see the Author Resource Center page for instructions to prepare and submit a manuscript.


Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 3.648 (ranked 8th out of 86 journals)*
Article Influence Score: 1.082*
Median Time to Publication: 70 days
*According to Optics category rankings in the 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

For more information on Journal metrics, click here.

Editorial Board

Christoph Hitzenberger,
Medizinische Universität Wien, Austria

Deputy Editor
Adam Gibson, University College London, United Kingdom, USA
Advisory Editors
Gregory W. Faris, SRI International, USA (Founding Deputy Editor)
James Fujimoto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Min Gu, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Stefan Hell, Max-Planck-Inst Biophysikalische Chemie, Germany
Joseph A. Izatt, Duke University, USA (Founding Editor-in-Chief)
Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum, Rice University, USA
Eva M. Sevick-Muraca, UT Health Science Center at Houston, USA
Alfred Vogel, University of Lübeck, Germany
David Williams, University of Rochester, USA
Arjun Yodh, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Associate Editors
Joseph Carroll, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA
Wonshik Choi, Korea University, South Korea
Benjamin Cox, University College London, UK
Hamid Dehghani, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sina Farsiu, Duke University, USA
Xavier Intes, Rensselaer Polytechnic University,USA
Na Ji, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA
Ofer Levi, University of Toronto, Canada
Xingde Li, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Fabrice Manns, University of Miami College of Engineering, USA
Laura Marcu, University of California Davis, USA
Guenther Paltauf, Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria
Michael Pircher, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Eric Potma, University of California Irvine, USA
Gijs van Soest, Erasmus Medical Center, the Netherlands
Ruikang Wang, University of Washington, USA
Hao F. Zhang, Northwestern University, USA
Joint Associate Editors with Optics Express
Seok Hyun (Andy) Yun, Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (USA)
Gabriel Popescu, University of IIllinios at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics Editors
Andrew Dunn, University of Texas Austin, USA
Anthony Durkin, University of California Irvine, USA


Editorial and Production E-mail Phone
Nicole Williams-Jones, Journal Coordinator boemss@osa.org 202-416-1969
Feature proposals dmcdonold@osa.org
Sara Naughton, Managing Editor snaughton@osa.org 202-416-1920
Lynne Sturtz, Electronic Production Editor
Article Processing Charges billing@osa.org

General Information
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Online Journal Technical Support elec@osa.org
Elizabeth Nolan, Chief Publishing Officer
Kelly Cohen, Sr. Publisher
M. Scott Dineen, Senior Director, Publishing, Production & Technology
Jennifer Mayfield, Deputy Senior Director, Electronic Publications
Timothy Fincham, Associate Director, Production & Technology
Dan McDonold, Editorial Director
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