SPIE Journals

Publishing peer-reviewed research by and for the optics and photonics community.

SPIE journals are dedicated to advancing the science and application of light and light-based technologies. When publishing your research with SPIE, you are investing in your community.

Our prestigious journals are expertly guided by an influential field-leading team of editors dedicated to delivering an author-focused experience and world-class service throughout the publication process. Publishing with SPIE ensures your research will find an engaged and receptive audience ready to learn from and cite your work.

Detailed information about each journal can be found in the SPIE Digital Library, below.

The benefits of publishing with SPIE


  • Open Access options: Choose to publish your paper with Gold Open Access, or publish for free under SPIE’s generous copyright.
  • Low APCs: Our Open Access article processing fees (APCs) are among the lowest of both for-profit and nonprofit publishers. SPIE offers numerous discounts to lower the fees even further. 
  • Join the community: The journal editorial boards are made up of industry, government, and academic leaders. By publishing with SPIE you become part of our 60+ year legacy of peer-reviewed academic research.
  • Indexed: SPIE journals are indexed in the leading databases, including Web of Science, Scopus, and PubMed. See individual journals below for a detailed list of indexes for each title.
  • Rapid publication: Time from acceptance to publication averages 3.3 weeks, including professional copyediting and typesetting.

SPIE Journals portfolio


Advanced Photonics

Editors in Chief: Xiao-Cong (Larry) Yuan, Shenzhen University and Zhejiang Lab, China; and Anatoly Zayats, King's College, London, United Kingdom
Impact Factor: 17.3
Cite Score: 22.8
About: A highly selective, Gold Open Access journal publishing innovative research in all areas of optics and photonics, including fundamental and applied research.

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Advanced Photonics Nexus

Editors in Chief: Xiao-Cong (Larry) Yuan, Shenzhen University and Zhejiang Lab, China; and Anatoly Zayats, King's College, London, United Kingdom; and Weibiao Chen, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, CAS, China
About: A Gold Open Access journal that publishes high-quality original papers, letters, and review articles, reflecting important advances in fundamental and applied aspects of optics and photonics.

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Biophotonics Discovery

Editor in Chief: Darren Roblyer, Boston University, USA
About: This Gold Open Access journal will be the premier venue to highlight the realized promise of novel and emerging biophotonics technologies and their impacts on basic and clinical science and medicine.

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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Editor in Chief: Qian (Jenny) Du, Mississippi State University, USA
Impact Factor: 1.7
Cite Score: 3.4
About: An online journal that optimizes the communication of concepts, information, and progress within the remote sensing community.

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Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems

Editor in Chief: Megan Eckart, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, USA
Impact Factor: 2.3
Cite Score: 4.1
About: Covers development, testing, and application of telescopes, instrumentation, techniques, and systems for ground- and space-based astronomy.

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Journal of Biomedical Optics

Editor in Chief: Brian W. Pogue, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
Impact Factor: 3.5
Cite Score: 7.1
About: A Gold Open Access journal that publishes peer-reviewed papers on the use of novel optical systems and techniques for improved health care and biomedical research.

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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Editor in Chief: Zeev Zalevsky, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Impact Factor: 1.1
Cite Score: 1.7
About: Copublished by IS&T and SPIE, publishes papers in all technology areas that make up the field of electronic imaging and are normally considered in the design, engineering, and applications of electronic imaging systems.

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Journal of Medical Imaging

Editor in Chief: Bennett A. Landman, Vanderbilt University, USA
Impact Factor: 2.4
Cite Score: 5.7
About: Allows for the peer-reviewed communication and archiving of fundamental and translational research, as well as applications, focused on medical imaging

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Journal of Micro/Nanopatterning, Materials, and Metrology

Editor in Chief: Harry Levinson, HJL Lithography, USA
Impact Factor: 2.3
Cite Score: 2.9
About: Covers the core enabling technologies that address the patterning needs of the electronics industry. The journal’s key subject areas include the science, development, and practice of lithographic, computational, etch, and integration technologies.

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Journal of Nanophotonics

Editor in Chief: Ali Adibi, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Impact Factor: 1.5
Cite Score: 2.7
About: Online journal focusing on the fabrication and application of nanostructures that facilitate the generation, propagation, manipulation, and detection of light from the infrared to the ultraviolet regimes.

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Journal of Optical Microsystems

Editor in Chief: Hans Zappe, University of Freiburg, Germany
Impact Factor: 1.6
About: Gold Open Access journal that publishes cutting-edge research in all aspects of optical and photonic microsystems, from materials and fabrication of micro-optical and photonic components, through assembly and packaging, to systems and applications.

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Journal of Photonics for Energy

Editor in Chief: Sean Shaheen, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Impact Factor: 1.7
Cite Score: 4.3
About: Covers fundamental and applied research areas focused on the applications of photonics for renewable energy harvesting, conversion, storage, distribution, monitoring, consumption, and efficient usage.

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Neurophotonics

Editor in Chief: Anna Devor, Boston University, USA
Impact Factor: 5.3
Cite Score: 8.3
About: Gold Open Access journal covering advances in optical technology applicable to study of the brain and their impact on basic and clinical neuroscience applications.

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Optical Engineering

Editor in Chief: Adam Wax, Duke University, USA
Impact Factor: 1.3
Cite Score: 2.8
About: Publishes peer-reviewed articles reporting on research, development, and applications of optics and photonics.

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Photonics Insights

Co-Editors in Chief: Lei Zhou, Fudan University, China; and Din Ping Tsai, City University of Hong Kong, China
About: Diamond Open Access, co-published by Chinese Laser Press (CLP) and SPIE. It covers the traditional core subjects of the field, such as laser optics, quantum optics, nonlinear optics, optical communication and sensing, imaging, nanophotonics, and near-field optics, as well as the intersection of optics and photonics.

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