Neurophotonics

Editor-in-Chief: Anna Devor, Boston University, USA

Neurophotonics is an open access journal covering advances in optical technology applicable to study of the brain and their impact on the basic and clinical neuroscience applications.

On the cover: The figure is from the paper "Deformable mirror-based axial scanning for two-photon mammalian brain imaging" by Alba Peinado et al., in Volume 8, Issue 1.

Call For Papers
How to Submit a Manuscript

Regular papers: Submissions of regular papers are always welcome.

Special section papers: Open calls for papers are listed below. A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for a particular special section should be included with the paper.

To submit a paper, please prepare the manuscript according to the journal guidelines and use the online submission systemLeaving site. All papers will be peer‐reviewed in accordance with the journal's established policies and procedures. Neurophotonics is an open access journal. Authors of accepted papers are required to pay an article processing charge of $1675. Discounts may apply. Click here for more details.

Hybrid photonic/X neurointerfaces
Publication Date
TBA
Submission Deadline
1 September 2021 (open starting 1 June 2021)
Guest Editors
Hui Fang, PhD

Northeastern University 
E-mail: h.fang@northeastern.edu

Xin Yu, PhD

MGH/HST Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
E-mail: XYU9@mgh.harvard.edu

Scope

Recent advances in multimodal neurotechnologies have opened new avenues for recording and manipulation of neuronal activity. One multimodal approach relies on physical interactions between the modalities such as the sound modulating the diffraction index of biological tissues. This principle underlies the use of ultrasound (US) to steer the light and US-assisted focusing. Another approach is to combine technologies that do not interact yet serve as parallel and complementary information channels. For example, optical imaging and optogenetics have been combined with either fMRI or electrical recordings, thereby extending the spatiotemporal scale, resolution, and specificity achievable by each modality alone.

This special section aims to highlight these hybrid photonic/X neurointerfaces including the underlying methodologies and the application of these hybrid tools to studies of brain in health and disease. We welcome a wide scope of contributions covering all paper types offered by Neurophotonics including:

  • Original research
  • Synthesis articles such as reviews and primers
  • Step-by-step protocols and tutorials
  • Informatics articles (data papers)  

We welcome submissions from efforts combining a broad range of tools to image, record, and manipulate brain structure and function across animal species and in humans. The individual modalities include but are not limited to:

  • Optogenetics
  • Optoacoustic simulation
  • Photobiomodulation
  • Ultrasound-assisted focusing
  • Single- and multiphoton fluorescent, phosphorescence and bioluminescent imaging
  • Hemodynamic, vascular and metabolic optical imaging
  • Photoacoustics
  • Microendoscopy and microfiber-based imaging
  • fMRI
  • Electrophysiological recordings with optically transparent and integrated neurophotonic probes
  • Implantable multimodal probes and interfaces for imaging, recording and closed/open loop control
  • Multimodal molecular reporters and actuators.

All submissions to the special section will be handled according to the Journal’s policy for peer reviewed publications. The submission cover letter should indicate that the manuscript is intended for this special section.

Neurophotonicsis a Gold open access journal; all papers are published under a Creative Commons license. Authors of accepted papers are required to pay an article processing charge of $1675. Discounts are available; for information please visit https://www.spiedigitallibrary.org/journals/open-access.

Hybrid photonic neurointerfaces (image credit: Wendy Qi, from the Fang Lab)
Computational Approaches for Neuroimaging
Publication Date
TBA
Submission Deadline
1 September 2021 (open starting 1 June 2021)
Guest Editors
Lei Tian, PhD

Boston University 
E-mail: leitian@bu.edu

Xavier Intes, PhD

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
E-mail: intesx@rpi.edu

Weijian Yang, PhD

University of California, Davis 
E-mail: wejyang@ucdavis.edu

Scope

Recent progress in computational approaches is revolutionizing our ability to acquire, reconstruct, analyze, and interpret neuroimaging data, and to understand brain activities and functions at both the neuronal and network levels.

This special section will highlight some of the emerging computational technologies underlying these advances. Computational techniques that address any challenge in the pipeline of acquiring, processing, and analysis of neuroimaging data are welcome. 

Topics include but are not limited to: 

  • recording of neural activity 
  • reconstruction of neural activity
  • classification of cell types at the functional or anatomical level
  • inference of functional connectivity, interpretation of the brain function at cellular level and circuit level, etc. 

We welcome submissions on a broad range of computational methods (such as graph-based techniques, machine learning, deep learning, etc.) to fulfil different tasks, such as acquisition, segmentation, classification, regression, etc. Neuroimaging modalities include but are not limited to 

  • one-photon or multi-photon imaging of functional indicators (e.g. calcium imaging, voltage imaging, neurotransmitter imaging, etc.) 
  • functional near-infrared spectroscopies to image hemodynamics 
  • photoacoustic imaging
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • electroencephalogram (EEG). 

A cover letter indicating that the submission is intended for this special section should be included with the paper submission. All submissions to the special section will be handled according to the journal’s policy for peer-reviewed publications.

Neurophotonics is a Gold open access journal; all papers are published under a Creative Commons license. Authors of accepted papers are required to pay an article processing charge of $1675. Discounts are available; for information please visit https://www.spiedigitallibrary.org/journals/open-access.

Computational approaches to neuroimaging - representative graphic (Shutterstock 91594358)
Published Special Sections

Advances in Retinal Imaging: Instrumentation, Methods, and Applications (October-December 2019) Guest Editors: Ji Yi, Alfredo Dubra, and Sina Farsiu

Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Part 3 (January-March 2018)
Guest Editors:  Judit Gervain and Joseph P. Culver

Special Issue from SPIE Brain 2017 (October-December 2017)
Editor: David Boas

Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Part 2 (October-December 2017)
Guest Editors:  Judit Gervain and Joseph P. Culver

Pioneers in Neurophotonics: Special Section Honoring Professor Amiram Grinvald (July-September 2017)
Guest Editors: Ron D. Frostig and Carl Petersen

Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Part 1 (April-June 2017)
Guest Editors:  Judit Gervain and Joseph P. Culver 

Brain Mapping and Therapeautics (January-March 2017)
Guest Editors: Shouleh Nikzad, Babak Kateb, Warren Grundfest, Yu Chen, and Vassiliy Tsytsarev

Super-resolution Microscopy of Neural Structure and Function (October-December 2016)
Guest Editors: U. Valentin Nägerl and Jean-Baptiste Sibarita

Clinical Near-Infrared Spectroscopy and Imaging of the Brain (July-September 2016)
Guest Editors: Marco Ferrari, Joseph P. Culver, Yoko Hoshi, and Heidrun Wabnitz

Light Microscopy of Connectivity (October-December 2015)
Guest Editors: Shaoqun Zeng and Timothy H. Murphy

Causal Control of Biological Systems with Light (July-September 2015)
Guest Editors: Christopher Moore and Itamar Kahn

Pioneers in Neurophotonics: Special Section Honoring Professor Lawrence B. Cohen (April-June 2015)
Guest Editors: Brian M. Salzberg and Dejan Zecevic

The BRAIN Initiative (July-September 2014)
Guest Editors: Anna Devor, Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Anna Roe, and David Boas

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