Trends in Label-Free Imaging

in Special Issue   Posted on September 28, 2020 

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Submission Deadline: Thu 30 Jul 2020
Journal Impact Factor : 2.125
Journal Name : Optics Communications
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

While the earliest methods of imaging were label-free, sophisticated label-based techniques have formed a large part of the late 20th century progress in imaging. This is, however, changing, and label-free modes of imaging are undergoing a resurgence in terms of innovation. This is due to several innate advantages that label-free modes have over other methods, aided by advances in detection and computation methods. The ability to extract as much information as possible from a sample, without modifying it, is an obvious and intuitive advantage, but more subtle claims can be made for the case of using “only light”. The use of light which interacts with the sample to form a fundamental contrast mechanism is by nature an intrinsic measurement, and therefore has the potential to quantitatively measure the structure or dynamics, or chemical features of the sample. While a wide variety of recent demonstrations using different modes has highlighted the potential of many of these label-free approaches, different modes with the same types of challenges may not have fully exploited advances that have been demonstrated in other modalities. We therefore aim to create a special issue to highlight some of these recent advances, to bring new findings together in the same issue, with the common theme of label-free imaging, where we hope that the different modalities and different applications will serve to stimulate the readers in the fields that may currently still be viewed as separate, even though they share this strong common theme.

The list of topics for which papers are solicited includes (but not strictly limited to):

  • Quantitative Phase Imaging
  • Holography and Interferometry
  • Harmonic generation (2nd/3rd) imaging
  • Autofluorescence imaging
  • Coherence Gated Imaging
  • Coherent vibrational scattering techniques (CARS/SRS)
  • Spontaneous Raman imaging
  • Multimodal combinations of label-free imaging
  • Scattering-based imaging
  • Hyperspectral imaging

Submission Format and Guideline

All submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and contain only original work, which has not been published by or is currently under review for any other journal or conference. Papers must not exceed 25 pages (one-column, at least 11pt fonts) including figures, tables, and references. A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide to Authors” at:

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier Editorial System (EES). The authors must select as “SI: Label-Free Imaging” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. The EES website is located at:

All papers will be peer-reviewed by  independent reviewers. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the guest editors.

Editors in Chief

Prof. Martin Booth

Guest Editors

Prof. Nicholas Smith
Dr. Björn Kemper
Prof. Katsumasa Fujita
Prof. Shi-Wei Chu
Dr. Nicolas Pavillon

Important dates

Submission open date: May 1st 2017
Submission deadline: July 30th 2017
Acceptance deadline: October 30th 2017
Publication: January 2018

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