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Benefits of Publishing in an SPIE Journal
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- Online-first publication: Accepted papers are rapidly published online upon author approval of the proofs, with an average time from acceptance to online publication of 3 weeks.
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- Open access publication option: Authors can select open access publication for a low cost.
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Open Access for SPIE Journals
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