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Journal of Biomedical Optics and Neurophotonics to become fully open-access journals

Two journals published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, will convert to full open access in January 2019

SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA, and CARDIFF, UK --SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced that two of its journals, the Journal of Biomedical Optics and Neurophotonics, will become fully open access journals starting in January 2019.

The Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO) has been published since 1996 and is edited by Lihong Wang of California Institute of Technology. Brian Pogue of Dartmouth College will assume the JBO editorship starting in January 2018. JBO publishes peer-reviewed papers on the use of modern optical technology for improved health care and biomedical research.

Neurophotonics, edited by David Boas of Boston University, was launched by SPIE in 2014. A companion journal to JBO, Neurophotonics covers advances in optical technology applicable to study of the brain and their impact on the basic and clinical neuroscience applications.

Both journals are published online in the SPIE Digital Library as well as in print.

"SPIE is converting JBO and Neurophotonics to open access with strong endorsement from the editorial boards and those most closely involved with the two journals," said incoming SPIE Publications Committee Chair David Andrews of the University of East Anglia. "This new and exciting development for SPIE journals will support broad global access to timely and valuable published research."

Current JBO editor Wang said, "We believe open access will allow JBO to reach a broader readership in a timely fashion and better serve the biomedical optics community and users of our technologies."

Incoming JBO editor Pogue said, "I am excited about the transition to open access for JBO and look forward to helping shepherd this change through."

"I am pleased that SPIE is converting Neurophotonics to a fully open access journal," said Boas. "This will greatly facilitate broader dissemination of the research being published in the journal, and simply recognizes that the majority of Neurophotonics authors have already opted to make their papers open access."

All papers will be published as gold open access under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.

The complete archives of both journals will become fully open access as of January 2019. All articles will continue to be copy edited and typeset, and peer reviewed and published in a timely manner. The median time from submission to first decision in both journals is less than 6 weeks, and the median time from acceptance to publication is approximately 3 weeks.

Beginning with submissions received as of 1 July 2018, all authors will be required to pay a modest article processing charge (APC) if their paper is accepted for publication. Discounted APC fees will be extended to SPIE members and to authors affiliated with institutions that subscribe to the SPIE Digital Library. Partial fee waivers will be made available to authors from certain low-income developing countries. Review papers and tutorials will continue to have open access subsidized by SPIE.

Both journals currently operate on a subscription model with an author-choice open access option. Once the transition from the current hybrid model to full open access is complete on 1 January 2019, the journals will no longer charge subscription fees for access.

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About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2016, SPIE provided $4 million in support of education and outreach programs. http://www.spie.org

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