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
Editor for Asia
Prof. Z. Yu
Social Media Editor
Dr. Eid Brima
A. Aamouche (Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco)
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Organization of the paper and style of presentation
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Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:
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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.
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- Full affiliation(s)
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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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13 Jul 2012 -
IOS Press is pleased to announce the launch of Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging, the first journal to integrate the broad areas of spectroscopy and imaging. It will provide timely publication of basic and applied research that uses spectroscopic and imaging techniques across all areas of life sciences.
“The timing is perfect for the integration of these two methodologies so that both spatial and molecular details of complex biological systems can be determined at high resolution. The two approaches complement each other in many ways and so it is not surprising to see a rapid growth in studies where both methods are simultaneously applied,” said Editor-in-Chief Parvez Haris, CChem, FRSC, FRSPH.
Dr. Haris comes to Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging after a successful tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Spectroscopy: An International Journal. He is head of the Biomedical and Environmental Health Group at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, and his research studies involve the use of a wide array of spectroscopic methods for analysis of biological systems with particular focus on human health. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Public Health. Dr. Haris is joined by an editorial board with expertise in diverse areas of spectroscopy and imaging from around the world.
Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging will provide 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. It will also feature articles describing the 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, and nanotechnology.
Dr. Einar Fredriksson, Director, IOS Press, commented, “These are exciting times in the development of spectroscopic and imaging tools. IOS Press is proud to provide a forum to advance our understanding of how these powerful methods can shed light on complex biological systems.”
The inaugural issue of Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging will publish on Friday, July 13. Carrying on the close to 30-year tradition of Spectroscopy: An International Journal, the journal welcomes submissions focusing on biomedical applications from authors in the form of original articles, brief communications, rapid communications, reviews and minireviews. Access to the first issue is freely available at http://bit.ly/LeBYYg.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Full text of the inaugural issue is freely available at http://bit.ly/LeBYYg. Contact Kairi Look, IOS Press, +31 20 688 3355, firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to schedule interviews with Dr. Haris.
INAUGURAL ISSUE TABLE OF CONTENTS
Why a new journal called Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging?, Parvez I. Haris
GDPD5 Inhibition Alters the Choline Phospholipid Metabolite Profile of Breast Cancer Cells Toward a Less Malignant Metabolic Profile, Mailin Döpkens, Tiffany R. Greenwood, Farhad Vesuna, Venu Raman, Dieter Leibfritz, Kristine Glunde
Spectroscopic Study of Chemical Compositions of Cardiac Calculus Using Portable Raman Analyzer with a Fiber-optic Probe, Ching-Li Cheng, Hsiao-Huang Chang, Shan-Yang Lin
Microstructural Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Articular Cartilage, Konstantin I. Momot
Diagnosis and Screening of Cancer Tissues by fiber-optic probe Raman spectroscopy, C. Krafft, S. Dochow, I. Latka, B. Dietzek, J. Popp
Bio-imaging of Metals in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease by Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, Andreas Matusch and J. Sabine Becker
FTIR Spectroscopic Imaging of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Beta Thalassemia Major Disease State, Ceren Aksoy, Duygu Uckan, Feride Severcan
Protein Secondary Structure and Solvent Accessibility of Proteins in Decellularized Heart Valve Scaffolds,
Shangping Wang, Harriëtte Oldenhof, Andres Hilfiker, Michael Harder, Willem F. Wolkers
In vivo Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Cancer, Virendra Kumar, Uma Sharma and N. R. Jagannathan
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