Biomedical Optics (BIOMED)

26 - 30 April 2014
Miami Hilton Downtown, Miami, Florida, USA

Submission Guidelines

Submitting to an OSA meeting gives you the added benefit of having your paper peer-reviewed by an expansive committee of experts in the field. If accepted, your paper will be officially published in Optics InfoBase, OSA's Digital Library, and indexed in Ei Compendex and Scopus.
Adherence to the instructions for preparation of the abstract and summary is imperative. Emailed or faxed submissions will not be accommodated. Failure to complete any of the requirements could result in rejection of a submission. Submission and registration is open to all members of the scientific and technical community. It is incumbent on the authors to obtain appropriate approval to present their work to this international forum.
If you have any questions regarding the paper preparation and/or submission process, please contact OSA Technical Papers staff at  1.202.416.6191  or email

Note:  OSA’s open-access journal, Biomedical Optics Express, will publish a BIOMED 2014 Feature Issue.  

Submissions will be due 15 June 2014.  For more information, view the Feature Issue announcement.


35-word Abstract The 35-word abstract should be a brief summary of the work. If the submission is accepted for presentation, this 35-word abstract will be included in the Conference Program Book.

3-page Summary. Within the page limit, the author must include all text, including the 35-word abstract, title, authors, equations, tables, photographs, drawings, figures, and references. The text may be typed either single-spaced or double-spaced. Refrain from use of asterisk, job descriptions, or footnotes.

Page Format: 8 ½-inch x 11-inch page and with 1-inch margins on all sides.

Style Guide

Style Guide

Summaries should be prepared according to the guidelines above and should be submitted electronically in PDF format. The style guides provide a visual representation of the summary format. For your meeting’s specific page maximum refer to the page count in the summary preparation.

Please make sure that the file contains no non-English font packages (for example, Japanese fonts, Korean fonts, Chinese fonts, etc.) in the body of the summary as well as in all figures and tables. Any characters in these fonts may not be viewable by reviewers. In the past, we have had particular trouble with MS-PGothic, MS-Gothic, and MS-Mincho.

If accepted for presentation, the summary will be included in the Technical Digest.

Submission Categories

BIO 1: Biophysics, Biology and Biophotonics: the Crossroads
B3C addresses biophotonics at the forefront of biology and biophysics including the areas where optical techniques may find future applications as well as the biological principles of light-tissue interactions.
  • Optogenetics

  • Neurophotonics

  • Optics in genomics and epigenomics

  • Optics and cancer microenvironment

  • Biological principles of optical diagnostic and therapeutic technologies

  • Optical molecular biophysics

  • Cytomics

BIO 2: BioNanophotonic and Molecular Probes

  • Novel Molecular and Functional Contrast Agents

  • Metal Nanoparticles

  • Quantum Dots

  • Upconverting Nanoparticles

  • Inorganic/Organic Hybrid Materials

  • Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering and Surface Enhanced Fluorescence

  • Single Molecule Techniques

  • In vitro and in vivo Applications of Molecular and Functional Imaging

  • Photodynamic Therapy

BIO 3: Optical Microscopy: Techniques and Applications

  • Microscopy in vivo

  • Spectrally- and Temporally-Resolved Microscopy

  • Multiphoton/Nonlinear Microscopy

  • Super Resolution Microscopy

  • Raman-Scattering based Microscopy

  • Novel Forms of Microscopy

  • Endoscopic Microscopy

  • Multimodal Microscopy

  • In vivo Applications and Clinical Translation

BIO 4: Photoacoustic Imaging and Spectroscopy

  • Photoacoustic Tomography

  • Photoacoustic Microscopy

  • Functional Photoacoustic Imaging

  • Ultrasound Modulated Optical Imaging

  • Photoacoustic Endoscopy

  • Multimodal Photoacoustic Imaging

  • Photoacoustic Molecular Imaging

  • Photoacuostic Theory and Modeling

  • In vivo and Clinical Applications of Photoacoustic Techniques

BIO 5: Optical Coherence Tomography with Applications

  • OCT Technology Development Spectroscopic OCT

  • OCT Light Source Development

  • Ultrahigh Resolution and Ultrahigh Speed OCT

  • Functional OCT (Doppler, Polarization Sensitive and Others)

  • Contrast Enhancement Techniques in OCT

  • Optical Coherence Microscopy

  • Phase Sensitive OCT Technology

  • Multimodal Techniques

  • OCT Theory and Modeling

  • Image Processing and Segmentation

  • Biomedical and Clinical Applications of OCT

BIO 6: Optical Imaging and Tomography with Applications

  • Diffuse Imaging and Spectroscopy: Clinical and in vivo Applications

  • Instrumentation for Diffuse Optical Imaging

  • Theoretical Methods and Image Reconstruction for Optical Tomography

  • Diffuse Fluorescence Tomography

  • Fluorescence Lifetime Tomography and Imaging

  • Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy

  • Transport-Regime Modeling and Imaging

  • Optical Imaging within Multimodal Neuroimaging

  • Functional Imaging Techniques in Neuroscience

  • Multi-Spectral Imaging

BIO 7: Optical Spectroscopy with Applications

  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Imaging

  • Reflectance Spectroscopy and Imaging

  • Mie Scattering Spectroscopy and Imaging

  • Light Subdiffusion and Diffusion in Tissue

  • Light Scattering in Tissue

  • Low-coherence Interferometry and Spectroscopy

  • Depth-sensitive Spectroscopy

  • Polarization Spectroscopy

  • Raman Spectroscopy and Imaging

  • Multi-Modal Spectroscopy and Imaging

  • Multi-Spectral Imaging

  • In vivo and Clinical Applications of Optical Spectroscopy



OCIS Codes

As part of the submission process, authors will be asked to indicate which of the several broad optics categories best characterizes their paper. A list of OCIS codes can be found here:

Presentation Preference

Presentation Preference: The option for Postdeadline Papers is only oral presentation.

Presentation Preference: The options for this meeting are oral only, poster only or oral or poster acceptable. Selection of "Poster Only" indicates that the author is not willing to present an oral presentation. Selection of "Oral Only" indicates that the author is not willing to present a poster. With selection of "Oral Only" or "Poster Only," the paper may be rejected if the committee determines that the paper will not fit in the chosen session type. With selection of "Oral or Poster Acceptable," the committee will take the author’s preference into consideration, but the paper may be scheduled as an oral talk or a poster presentation at the discretion of the committee.