Information About Photonics Focus
Photonics Focus® is an award-winning 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 light-based science.
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 also provides important updates about SPIE services, upcoming meetings, and community support.
Read the latest issue, or learn how to submit an article or subscribe to the magazine below.
What happened to SPIE Professional?
After 14 years in print, the SPIE Professional quarterly magazine was discontinued in 2019. SPIE Members now 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.
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Announcement: In July 2020, just 7 months after its launch, Photonics Focus was awarded an Apex Award for Publication Excellence in the category of Most-Improved Magazine, Periodical, or Tabloid! Shortly after, we were awarded the 2020 Ozzie Award for Best New Magazine Design.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Images submitted via social media may be compressed by the platform (e.g., Instagram compresses images to 1080 x 1080 px). If a compressed image is selected for publication in the print magazine, we will ask you to provide the high-resolution version of the image. For good print quality, the original photo must be minimum 300 dpi and at least 3000 pixels on the longest side, and vertical orientations are preferred.
By submitting images, each entrant assures that all images are their own original works and no copyright and/or trademark infringement rights have been violated. Each entrant grants SPIE a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, copy, and reproduce in any medium images submitted to the photo contest, and to use the images in derivative works such as posters, articles, or via any means or form of dissemination. SPIE will include full credit to the photographer any time an image is used.
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