Journal of Biomedical Optics

Editor-in-Chief: Brian W. Pogue, Dartmouth College, USA

The Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO) is an open access journal that publishes peer-reviewed papers on the use of novel optical systems and techniques for improved health care and biomedical research.

On the cover: The figure is from the article "Optical coherence tomography of small intestine allograft biopsies using a handheld surgical probe" by Evan T. Jelly et al., in JBO Volume 26, Issue 9.

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Featured Content

Technological perspectives on laser speckle micro-rheology for cancer mechanobiology research

Zeinab Hajjarian and Seemantini K. Nadkarni

Review of consensus test methods in medical imaging and current practices in photoacoustic image quality assessment

Jorge Palma-Chavez, T. Joshua Pfefer, Anant Agrawal, Jesse V. Jokerst, and William C. Vogt

Hot Topics Webinar: Advanced Microscopy Methods

Speakers: Melissa Skala (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Jonathan Liu (University of Washington), Chen-Yuan Dong (National Taiwan University) Moderators: Paul Campagnola (University of Wisconsin–Madison) and Brian Pogue (Dartmouth College)

Previously Published Special Sections

From the Journal of Biomedical Optics

Wearable, Implantable, Mobile, and Remote Biomedical Optics & Photonics (August 2020 - June 2021)

Guest Editors: Jessica Ramella-Roman, Amir H. Gandjbakhche, Stephen C. Kanick, Babak Shadgan, and Bruce J. Tromberg

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Biomedical Optics (September 2020 - May 2021)

Guest Editors: Behrouz Shabestri, Mark A. Anastasio, Baowei Fei, and Frédéric Leblond

Advances in Terahertz Biomedical Science and Applications (December 2020 - April 2021)

Guest Editors: Kirill I. Zaytsev, Vladimir N. Kurlov, Maksim Skorobogatiy, Igor V. Reshetov, and Valery V. Tuchin

Biomedical Imaging and Sensing III (December 2020 - March 2021)

Guest Editors: Toyohiko Yatagai, Osamu Matoba, Yoshihisa Aizu, Yasuhiro Awatsuji, and Yuan Luo

Selected Topics in Biophotonics: Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging and Optical Micromechanics (July 2020)

Guest Editors: Stefan Andersson-Engels and Peter E. Andersen

Photodynamic Therapy (June 2020)

Guest Editors: Kimberley S. Samkoe, Jonathan P. Celli, Timothy C. Zhu

Biomedical Imaging and Sensing II (March 2020)

Guest Editors: Toyohiko Yatagai, Yasuhiro Awatsuji, Osamu Matoba, Yuan Luo, and Yoshihisa Aizu

Celebrating Thirty Years of Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences (January 2020)

Guest Editors: Ammasi Periasamy, Karsten König, and Peter T.C. So

Celebrating the Exponential Growth of Biomedical Optoacoustic/Photoacoustic Imaging (December 2019)

Guest Editors: Mark Anastasio, Paul Beard, Alexander A. Oraevsky, and Lihong V. Wang

Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging (July 2019)

Guest Editors: David Cuccia, Anthony Durkin, Sylvain Gioux, Amaan Mazhar, and Bruce Tromberg

Video introduction to the journal

Journal Metrics:

  • ISSN: 1560-2281
  • CiteScore 2019: 5.5
  • Google Scholar h5-index: 45
  • H-Index: 133 (the journal's number of articles h that have received at least h citations)
  • Impact Factor*: 3.17
  • Quartile 2 in JCR OPTICS and BIOCHEMICAL RESEARCH METHODS categories*

*Source: Journal Impact Factor TM, from Clarivate, 2021

Author Benefits:

  • Rigorous, prompt peer review (median time from submission to first decision: 27 days)
  • Rapid publication of articles (median time from acceptance to publication: 22 days)
  • Professional copyediting and typesetting
  • Immediate gold open access for all published papers 
  • Articles deposited into PubMed Central at no charge
  • Integration with Code Ocean, a cloud-based code development and publishing platform
  • 5 free downloads from the SPIE Digital Library


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