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: 3.732*
Immediacy Index: 0.948*
Google Scholar h5-index: 60
Median Time to Publication: 82 days

*Source: 2021 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate, 2021).
2021 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

Linda Lundström
Royal Institute of Technology/KTH, Sweden

Kostadinka Bizheva
University of Waterloo, Canada

Shuichi Makita
University of Tsukuba, Japan

Audrey Bowden
Vanderbilt University, USA

Igor Meglinski
Aston University, UK

Regine Choe
University of Rochester, USA

Ioan Notingher
University of Nottingham, UK

Adrien E. Desjardins
University College London, UK

Thomas O'Sullivan
University of Notre Dame, USA

Christopher Dunsby
Imperial College London, UK

Junle Qu
Shenzhen University, China

Adam Eggebrecht
Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Ramkumar Sabesan
University of Washington, USA

Pietro Ferraro
Istituto di Cibernetica (CNR), Italy

Marinko Sarunic
Simon Fraser University, Canada

Feng Gao
Tianjin University, China

Nicholas Smith
Osaka University, Japan

Kate Grieve
Quinze Vingts National Ophthalmology Hospital, France

Ronald Sroka
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Roarke Horstmeyer
Duke University, USA

Vincent Wallace
University of Western Australia, Australia

Yali Jia
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), USA

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

Brendan Kennedy
The University of Western Australia, Australia

Xincheng Yao
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Peter Kner
University of Georgia, USA

Dvir Yelin
Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Santosh Kumar
Liaocheng University, China

Filiz Yesilkoy
University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

Peng Li
Zhejiang University, China

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
Lynne Sturtz, Electronic Production Editor
Article Processing Charges billing@optica.org

General Information
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Online Journal Technical Support elec@optica.org
Elizabeth Nolan, Chief Publishing Officer
Kelly Cohen, Sr. Publisher
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