01 April 2020

The health and safety of OSA Meetings attendees is always of primary importance, and especially so in our current environment. Due to travel restrictions resulting from COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the OSA Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics will not be held as originally scheduled.

OSA is currently working with volunteer organizers for this meeting on a solution that benefits speakers, attendees and exhibitors while ensuring the well-being of all participants. This approach does require time, and we appreciate your patience in waiting for an announcement on future plans.


Image: Color-coded depth stack of a rat sciatic nerve acquired with coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy. Sam Osseiran and Conor L. Evans, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA

10th Anniversary Feature Issue in Biomedical Optics Express

Biomedical Optics Express will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a Feature Issue from the Biophotonics Congress. Authors will have an opportunity to submit an expanded conference paper to the feature issue. More information will be posted soon.

Postdeadline Abstract and Summary Submission Deadline :
3 April 2020 12:00 EDT (17:00 GMT)

Submit Now

The OSA Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics postdeadline papers submission site is now open.  More information about submission guidelines and author timlines can be found on the left navigation bar. 

Postdeadline Papers

Postdeadline papers will follow the same submission and review methods as general submissions. Postdeadline submissions are not an opportunity to submit a paper after the published deadline, but are intended to provide those with late-breaking work an opportunity to submit that work for consideration. Postdeadline submissions should describe new and significant material in rapidly advancing areas. A limited number of postdeadline submissions will be selected for presentation, and only those papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness will be accepted.

All submissions are carefully peer-reviewed to ensure a high-quality technical program on emerging topics; and as such, presenting at the meeting is a mark of professional excellence.

Accepted and presented papers are published in OSA Publishing’s Digital Library, which means your work continues to make an impact long after the meeting has concluded. OSA further supports the visibility of your work by indexing in Ei Compendex and Scopus and utilizing full-text search and metadata to facilitate results in Google Search and Google Scholar.


35-word Abstract: Your abstract should be a brief summary of your paper topic. If your paper is accepted, your 35-word abstract will be included in the Conference Program. Note that the same abstract should be included in the 2-page summary as highlighted in the style guide.

2-page Summary: All contributed authors are required to submit a final summary of their work for publication in the Technical Digest, via OSA Publishing's Digital Library. Style guides are provided in a variety of different formats to support authors’ needs. All PDF submissions MUST contain the following items in order to be published:

  1. Complete title
  2. Complete listing of all authors and their affiliations
  3. Self-contained abstract, limited to 35-words (indexers such as Google Scholar will not index papers that do not contain abstracts)
  4. Appropriate copyright statement following the abstract. By default, the copyright statement will appear as 2020 The Author(s). If needed, the default statement can be suppressed by use of the {abstract*} environment.
  5. Permission and attribution for any trademarked or copyright images. Note that images of people or images owned or trademarked by other entities (including, for example, well-known logos or cartoon characters) will also require official written permission.

Style Guide

Style guides are provided in a variety of different formats to support authors’ needs. Style guides are the same for all OSA managed meetings. Be sure to confirm page count and paper size requirements for the meeting to which you are submitting.

Please make sure that your paper does not contain non-English font packages (for example, Japanese, Korean or Chinese fonts, etc.) in the body of your paper summary, as well as in all figures and tables. Characters in these fonts cannot be seen by reviewers. In the past, we have had particular trouble with MS-PGothic, MS-Gothic and MS-Mincho.

If you have any questions regarding the paper preparation process, please contact OSA Technical Papers staff at cstech@osa.org.