Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging


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10:1-2 online 17 December 2021

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10:3 scheduled for March 2022

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Aims & Scope

Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging (BSI) is a multidisciplinary journal devoted to the timely publication of basic and applied research that uses spectroscopic and imaging techniques in different areas of life science including biology,  biochemistry, biotechnology, bionanotechnology,  environmental science, food science, pharmaceutical science, physiology and medicine.   Scientists are encouraged to submit their work for publication in the form of original articles, brief communications, rapid communications, reviews and mini-reviews.

The journal is dedicated to providing a single forum for experts in spectroscopy and imaging as applied to biomedical problems, and also for life scientists who use these powerful methods for advancing their research work.  BSI aims to promote communication, understanding and synergy across the diverse disciplines that rely on spectroscopy and imaging. It also encourages the submission of articles describing development of new devices and technologies, based on spectroscopy and imaging methods, for application in diverse areas including medicine, biomedical science, biomaterials science, environmental science, pharmaceutical science, proteomics, genomics, metabolomics, microbiology, biotechnology, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, etc.

Techniques covered include, but are not limited, to the following:

• Vibrational Spectroscopy (Infrared, Raman, Teraherz)
• Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy
• Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR, ESR)
• UV-vis Spectroscopy
• Mössbauer Spectroscopy
• X-ray Spectroscopy (Absorption, Emission, Photoelectron, Fluorescence)
• Neutron Spectroscopy
• Mass Spectroscopy
• Fluorescence Spectroscopy
• X-ray and Neutron Scattering
• Differential Scanning Calorimetry
• Atomic Force Microscopy
• Surface Plasmon Resonance
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging
• X-ray Imaging
• Electron  Imaging
• Neutron Imaging
• Raman Imaging
• Infrared Imaging
• Terahertz  Imaging
• Fluorescence Imaging
• Near-infrared spectroscopy

Editorial Board


Prof. Parvez I. Haris, PhD, FRSC, FRSPH  
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
De Montfort University
The Gateway
Leicester, LE1 9BH
Tel.: +44 (0)116 250 6306

Editor for Asia

Prof. Z. Yu
Department of Chemistry
Hetian Building
Tsinghua University

Beijing 100084
Tel.: +86 10 627 8138

Social Media Editor

Dr. Eid Brima
Department of Chemistry
College of Science
King Khalid University
Abha 61413
Saudi Arabia

Editorial Board

A. Aamouche
Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco

A. Alimonti
Italian National Institute for Health
Rome, Italy

Y. Asakawa
Tokushima Bunri University
Tokushima, Japan

M. Baranska
Jagiellonian University
Krakow, Poland

S. Bayari
Hacetepe University
Ankara, Turkey

J.S. Becker
Research Center Juelich
Juelich, Germany

A. Bozkurt
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC, USA

B. Busser
Grenoble University Hospital
Grenoble, France

H.J. Byrne
FOCAS Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dublin, Ireland

M.K. Chilkapati
Tata Memorial Centre
Mumbai, India

M. Cho
IBS/Korea University
Seoul, Korea

D. Cicero
University of Rome “Tor Nergata”
Rome, Italy

S. Cohen
Center for Biophysical Pathology, Rutgers-NJMS

J.G. Contreras
Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
San Luis Potosí, Mexico

L. Davenport
Brooklyn College of CUNY, New York

M. Davies
The Heart Research Institute
Sydney, Australia

P. Dolashka
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Sofia, Bulgaria

P. Dorozhkin
Moscow, Russia

S. F. El-Mashtoly
Ruhr-University Bochum
Bochum, Germany

M. Ferrari
University of L'Aquila
L'Aquila, Italy

Y. Furutani
Institute for Molecular Science, JST PRESTO "Chemical conversion of light energy"
Myodaiji, Okazaki, Japan

F. Galindo
Universitat Jaume I de Castellón
Castellón de la Plana, Spain

A. Gandjbakhche
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD, USA

P. Gardner
Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
University of Manchester
Manchester, UK

K. Gerwert
Lehrstuhl für Biophysik
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

N. Gierlinger
University of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences
Vienna, Austria

E. Giorgini
Polytechnic University of Marche

K. Glunde
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD, USA

J.C. Gomez-Fernandez
Universidad de Murcia
Murcia, Spain

D. Graham
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, UK

J.-X. Guo
The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an JiaoTong University
Xi'an, China

A. Haka
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, USA

T. Hamaoka
Faculty of Sport and Health Science, Ritsumeikan University
Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan

S.J. Hamodrakas
Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Athens
Athens, Greece

R. Han
Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University
Beijing, China

H. Hebert
Karolinska Institutet
Huddinge, Sweden

E.M.C. Hillman
Columbia University
New York, NY, USA

H.-Y. Holman
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA, USA

Z. Huang
National University of Singapore

H. Ishikawa
Biophysical Chemistry Lab., Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University
Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan

N.R. Jagannathan
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India

R.A. Kauppinen
University of Bristol
Bristol, UK

E. Kennedy
University College
Dublin, Ireland

J.P. Klare
University of Osnabrück
Osnabrück, Germany

K. Kneipp
Technical University of Denmark
Lyngby, Denmark

W. Knoll
Austrian Institute of Technology
Vienna, Austria

H. Kobayashi
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, MD, USA

Z. Kóta
Biological Research Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Szeged, Hungary

C. Kraft
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Jena, Germany

M. Krishna
Chilakapati Laboratory, ACTREC, Tata Memorial Center
Navi Mumbai, India

C. Kurachi
São Carlos Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, São Carlos
São Paulo, Brazil

J. Lee
University of Bridgeport

B. Lendl
Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics, Division Environmental and Process Analytics, Vienna University of Technology
Vienna, Austria

J. Li
National Research Council
Ottawa, Canada

S.-Y. Lin
Yuanpei University
Hsinchu, Taiwan

H. Liu
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK, USA

H.P. Lu
Bowling Green State University

Q. Lu
Shanghai Renji Hospital
Shanghai, China

S. Luber
University of Zurich

A. Macnab
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

M.P. Marques
University of Coimbra
Coimbra, Portugal

A.A. Martin
Laboratório de Espectroscopia Vibracional Biomédica – LEVB, Instituto de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento - IPD, Universidade do Vale do Paraíba – UNIVAP, Urbanova, São José dos Campos
São Paulo, Brazil

K. Matsuo
Hiroshima Synchrotron Radiation Center, Hiroshima University
Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan

J.M. McDonnell
Kings College London
London, UK

L.M. Miller
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, NY, USA

K. Momot
Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, Australia

C. Muntean
National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

D. Naumann
Robert Koch Institute
Berlin, Germany

T. Noguchi
|Nagoya University
Nagoya, Japan

S.J. Perkins
University College London
London, UK

R.J. Poppi
University of Campinas
Campinas, Brazil

H. Sato
Kwansei Gakuin University
Hyogo, Japan

F. Severcan
İstanbul Kemerburgaz University
Istanbul, Turkey

Z. Shao
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, China

J. Shen
National Institute of Mental Health, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Unit, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, NIMH
Bethesda, MD, USA

H. Shinzawa
Nagoya University
Nagoya, Japan

P.S. Shrivastav
Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences, Gujarat University
Ahmedabad, India

S. Sifakis
University Hospital of Heraklion
Crete, Greece

L. Smith
University of Oxford
Oxford, UK

G. Stephanopoulo
MIT, Cambridge

L. Sun
Research Center of Nano Science and Technology, Shanghai University

T. Sutherland
Central Melbourne Medical Imaging
Melbourne, Australia

F. Tanfani
Università Politecnica delle Marche
Ancona, Italy

K. Tominaga
Kobe University
|Kobe, Japan

H. Vogel
University of Calgary
Calgary, Canada

W. F. Wolkers
Leibniz Universitaet
Hannover, Germany

E.X. Wu
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

G. Yoon
Seoul National University of Science and Technology
Seoul, South Korea

P. Yu
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Canada

H. Zeng
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

D.M. Zezell
Laboratory of Biophotonics, Center for Lasers and Applications, IPEN-CNEN/SP, Cidade Universitária
São Paulo, Brazil

J. Zhang
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA, USA

G. Zhu
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, China

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COVID-19 Emergency and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging: COVID-19 is having a huge impact on lives of billions of people around the world. During this pandemic, many lives have been lost and researchers are working day and night to understand the disease and control its devastating impacts. These are unprecedented times, in recent history, and therefore Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging has decided to consider articles for publication on COVID-19, even if the articles are not directly on spectroscopy and imaging, in order to accelerate research in the field. Some links regarding the role of spectroscopy and imaging in COVID-19 research should be included in the manuscript. A decision will be made by the Editor-in-Chief as quickly as possible and the authors will be informed if the article will be considered for publication. We will not accept articles reporting clinical trials. All conflicts of interests should be declared and ethical approvals for research involving humans or animals should be provided. Articles that have already been deposited in a preprint database will also be considered for publication. We will continue with these special measures until further notice.

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Book series: Advances in Biomedical Spectroscopy is a book series that complements the journal Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging (BSI). This book series is devoted to in-depth discussion of specific spectroscopic and imaging techniques. Latest advances in the application and development of these methods in health, life and biomedical sciences are covered. The books are intended to serve the needs of experienced scientists and early stage researchers in both academia and industry. See here for more information.