About Spotlights and call for Spotlight authors

What are Spotlights?

SPIE Spotlights are concise, digital-only publications, led by Series Editor Craig Olson (L3Harris Technologies Inc.), that either summarize a broad topic or highlight a specific niche. Over 45 highly informative Spotlight eBooks have been published so far to great reception.
The time commitment to write a Spotlight is significantly less than a traditional book, allowing you to reap the benefits of authorship without an extended time commitment.

Each Spotlight is:

  • 30-60 pages of concise, focused material
  • Rapidly published using a streamlined submission and production process
  • Peer reviewed
  • Included in the eBooks program on the SPIE Digital Library, with a large number of major subscribing institutions worldwide
  • A source of author royalties like our traditional books - get paid for your eBook sales and downloads

SPIE is seeking submissions for Spotlight eBooks on the following topics:

  • Aerospace and Defense Technologies – Associate Editor Keith Kasunic (Optical Systems Group)
  • Biomedical Optics and Medical Imaging – Associate Editor Brian Sorg (National Cancer Institute)
  • Energy and the Environment – Associate Editor Wei Li (Stanford Univ.)
  • Optical Design and Engineering - Ronian Siew (InOpticalSolutions)
  • Semiconductor, Nano-, and Quantum Technology - Stefan Preble (Rochester Institute of Technology), and Richard Blaikie (University of Otago)

Please submit a synopsis (1-2 paragraphs) for topical discussions and tutorials, noting that your submission is intended for a Spotlight e-Book on one of the topics above. If you have an idea for a different topic, feel free to submit a synopsis or contact Technical Content & Scientific Publishing Manager, Matt Jungwirth.