Journal of Biomedical Optics

Editor-in-Chief: Brian W. Pogue, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

The Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO) is a Gold 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 based on research reported in "Experimental imaging and Monte Carlo modeling of ultrafast pulse propagation in thin scattering slabs" by L. Pattelli and G. Mazzamuto, from the Special Section Celebrating 30 years of Open Source Monte Carlo Codes in Biomedical Optics guest edited by Qianqian Fang, Fabrizio Martelli, and Lothar Lilge, in JBO Volume 27 Issue 8.

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Featured Content

Noninvasive hemoglobin sensing and imaging: optical tools for disease diagnosis

Michaela Taylor-Williams, Graham Spicer, Gemma Bale, and Sarah E. Bohndiek

In vivo near-infrared fluorescent fibrin highlights growth of nerve during regeneration across a nerve gap

Igor D. Luzhansky, Emma Anisman, Dharma Patel, Naasik Syed, Matthew D. Wood, and Mikhail Y. Berezin

In vivo accurate detection of the liver tumor with pharmacokinetic parametric images from dynamic fluorescence molecular tomography

Fei Liu, Peng Zhang, Zeyu Liu, Fan Song, Chenbin Ma, Yangyang Sun, Youdan Feng, Yufang He, and Guanglei Zhang

Perspectives in Biophotonics

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

Hot Topics Webinar: Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) Imaging & Diagnostics

Speakers: Daniel Fried (Univ. of California, San Francisco), Mark Pierce (Rutgers Univ.), and Darren Roblyer (Boston Univ.) Moderator: Scott C. Davis (Dartmouth College)

Top Papers from JBO

Previously Published Special Sections

From the Journal of Biomedical Optics

30 Years of Open Source Monte Carlo Codes in Biomedical Optics (August 2022)

Guest Editors: Qianqian Fang, Fabrizio Martelli, and Lothar Lilge

Tissue Phantoms to Advance Biomedical Optical Systems (July 2022)

Guest Editors: Dimitris Gorpas, T. Joshua Pfefer, and Heidrun Wabnitz

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

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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

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