Optica Publishing Group publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed articles in its portfolio of journals, which serve the full breadth of the optics and photonics community.

Biomedical Optics Express (BOEx) is Optica Publishing Group's principal outlet for serving the biomedical optics community with peer-reviewed papers related to optics, photonics and optical imaging in biomedicine. 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 77 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 our platform 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: 3.4*

Immediacy Index: 0.8*

Journal Citation Indicator: .98*

Google Scholar h5-index: 58

Median Time to First Decision: 26 days

Median Time to Publication: 82 days

*Source: 2023 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate, 2023).

2023 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

For more information on Journal metrics, click here.

Editorial Board


Ruikang (Ricky) Wang

University of Washington, USA

Deputy Editor

Sina Farsiu,

Duke University, USA

Advisory Editors

Gregory W. Faris, SRI International, USA (Founding Deputy Editor)

James Fujimoto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Adam Gibson, University College London, UK (past Deputy Editor)

Min Gu, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Stefan Hell, Max-Planck-Inst Biophysikalische Chemie, Germany

Christoph Hitzenberger, Medizinische Universit├Ąt Wien, Austria (past Editor-in-Chief)

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

Kamran Avanaki

University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Bernhard Baumann
Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Kostadinka Bizheva

University of Waterloo, Canada

Audrey Bowden

Vanderbilt University, USA

Xueli Chen

Xidian University, China

Regine Choe

University of Rochester, USA

Christopher Dunsby

Imperial College London, UK

Adam Eggebrecht

Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Kate Grieve

Quinze Vingts National Ophthalmology Hospital, France

Daniel Hammer

Food and Drug Administration, USA

Roarke Horstmeyer

Duke University, USA

Yali Jia

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), USA

Brendan Kennedy

The University of Western Australia, Australia

Peter Kner

University of Georgia, USA

Santosh Kumar

Liaocheng University, China

Peng Li

Zhejiang University, China

Jonathan T.C. Liu

University of Washington, USA

Yang Liu

University of Pittsburgh, USA

Linda Lundström

Royal Institute of Technology/KTH, Sweden

Shuichi Makita

University of Tsukuba, Japan

Sumeet Mahajan

University of Southampton, UK

Igor Meglinski

Aston University, UK

Thomas O'Sullivan

University of Notre Dame, USA

Amy Oldenburg

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Manojit Pramanik

Iowa State University, USA

Junle Qu

Shenzhen University, China

Reza Rasti

University of Isfahan, Iran

Ramkumar Sabesan

University of Washington, USA

Marinko Sarunic

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Meixiao Shen

Wenzhou Medical University, China

Nicholas Smith

Osaka University, Japan

Juan Tabernero

Universidad de Murcia, Spain

Daniele Tosi

Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Vincent Wallace

University of Western Australia, Australia

Jun Xia

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA

Xincheng Yao

University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Filiz Yesilkoy

University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Guoan Zheng

University of Connecticut, USA


Editorial and Production E-mail Phone
Nicole Williams-Jones, Journal Coordinator boemss@optica.org 202-416-1969
Feature proposals dmcdonold@optica.org
Sarah J. Walker, Managing Editor swalker@optica.org 202-416-1482
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Online Journal Technical Support elec@optica.org
Elizabeth Nolan, Chief Publishing Officer
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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