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
Prof. Parvez I. Haris, PhD, FRSC, FRSPH
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
De Montfort University
Leicester, LE1 9BH
Tel.: +44 (0)116 250 6306
Editor for Asia
Prof. Z. Yu
Department of Chemistry
Tel.: +86 10 627 8138
Social Media Editor
Dr. Eid Brima
Department of Chemistry
College of Science
King Khalid University
Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco
Italian National Institute for Health
Tokushima Bunri University
Research Center Juelich
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC, USA
Grenoble University Hospital
FOCAS Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology
Tata Memorial Centre
University of Rome “Tor Nergata”
Center for Biophysical Pathology, Rutgers-NJMS
Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Brooklyn College of CUNY, New York
The Heart Research Institute
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
S. F. El-Mashtoly
University of L'Aquila
Institute for Molecular Science, JST PRESTO "Chemical conversion of light energy"
Myodaiji, Okazaki, Japan
Universitat Jaume I de Castellón
Castellón de la Plana, Spain
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD, USA
Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
University of Manchester
Lehrstuhl für Biophysik
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
University of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences
Polytechnic University of Marche
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD, USA
Universidad de Murcia
University of Strathclyde
The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an JiaoTong University
Ithaca, NY, USA
Faculty of Sport and Health Science, Ritsumeikan University
Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan
Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Athens
Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University
New York, NY, USA
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA, USA
National University of Singapore
Biophysical Chemistry Lab., Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University
Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India
University of Bristol
University of Osnabrück
Technical University of Denmark
Austrian Institute of Technology
National Cancer Institute
Bethesda, MD, USA
Biological Research Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Chilakapati Laboratory, ACTREC, Tata Memorial Center
Navi Mumbai, India
São Carlos Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, São Carlos
São Paulo, Brazil
University of Bridgeport
Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics, Division Environmental and Process Analytics, Vienna University of Technology
National Research Council
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK, USA
Bowling Green State University
Shanghai Renji Hospital
University of Zurich
University of British Columbia
University of Coimbra
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
Hiroshima Synchrotron Radiation Center, Hiroshima University
Kings College London
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, NY, USA
Queensland University of Technology
National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies
Robert Koch Institute
University College London
University of Campinas
Kwansei Gakuin University
İstanbul Kemerburgaz University
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
National Institute of Mental Health, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Unit, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, NIMH
Bethesda, MD, USA
Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences, Gujarat University
University Hospital of Heraklion
University of Oxford
Research Center of Nano Science and Technology, Shanghai University
Central Melbourne Medical Imaging
Università Politecnica delle Marche
University of Calgary
W. F. Wolkers
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
Seoul National University of Science and Technology
Seoul, South Korea
University of Saskatchewan
University of British Columbia
Laboratory of Biophotonics, Center for Lasers and Applications, IPEN-CNEN/SP, Cidade Universitária
São Paulo, Brazil
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, China
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PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts. A list of 5 potential reviewers should be provided along with the manuscript. The reviewers should not have a conflict of interest with any of the authors.
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Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.
Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:
- Title page
- Body of text (divided by subheadings)
- Figure captions
Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.
SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.
The title page should provide the following information:
- Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
- Name(s) of author(s); please indicate who is the corresponding author
- Full affiliation(s)
- Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
- Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address
The abstract should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services.
The abstract for research papers should follow the “structured abstract” format. Section labels should be in bold uppercase letters followed by a colon, and each section will begin on a new line.
Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.
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Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.
Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.
Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.
Policy on Conflicts of Interest
Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging requires authors to declare all conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise, independent of relevance to the particular manuscript. All authors must submit a conflicts of interest statement. If there is no conflict of interest to declare, include this section with the statement "The authors have no conflict of interest to report". Conflicts of interest are herein defined as factors or relationships that could be seen to compromise (or impact) the impartiality of the authors of an article.
Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging requests that referees with conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise, declare them when submitting their report and recuse themselves when there is a conflict that may impact a fair and impartial review.
Financial conflicts of interest:
These can include any financial relationship between the authors and any organization that may have a financial interest in their research or financial interests on the part of the authors themselves. This can include, but is not limited to, employment, stocks or shares, patents, research funding, travel or other expenses, lecture fees, or goods or services. Authors should disclose any such relationships: past 2 years, present or anticipated along with any role these organizations may have had in the design, execution or presentation of the study. These can also include financial interests on the part of the authors themselves, such as stocks or shares, patents, or other forms of financial gain.
Non-financial conflicts of interest:
These can include any relationship between the authors and any person or organization that could reasonably be seen to compromise (or impact) the impartiality of the authors of an article. This can include, but is not limited to benefits to relatives, close friends or associates, or organizations that the author has an unpaid relationship with (such as consulting or advisory roles, or providing administrative assistance).
Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in an alphabetical list of references at the end of the manuscript in the following style:
 B. Newman and E.T. Liu, Perspective on BRCA1, Breast Disease 10 (1998), 3-10.
 D.F. Pilkey, Happy conservation laws, in: Neural Stresses, J. Frost, ed., Controlled Press, Georgia, 1995, pp. 332-391.
 E. Wilson, Active vibration analysis of thin-walled beams, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia, 1991.
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ETHICS POLICIES AND PATIENT PERMISSIONS
Procedures involving experiments on human subjects should be in accord with the ethical standards of the Committee on Human Experimentation of the institution in which the experiments were done or in accord with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975. The author must state compliance in the cover letter and in the Methods section of the article.
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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.