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21 January 2021

New journal to push the boundaries of biological imaging

A new Open Access journal from Cambridge University Press will provide a home for interdisciplinary research in the fast-growing field of quantitative and computational imaging in the life sciences.

The Press has launched Biological Imaging in recognition of the way computer science, machine learning and ever more sophisticated imaging technology are pushing the boundaries of knowledge about the tiny, hidden worlds of living cells and tissues.

With advances being made across a large number of disciplines, the journal is designed to provide a single, Open Access forum for new research, discoveries, methods and tools, to encourage and promote collaboration and idea-sharing.

Its scope includes microscopy, image acquisition and processing, data mining and analysis, mathematical modelling and machine learning, applied to bioimaging research.

Editor-in-Chief of the new journal is Professor Jean-Christophe Olivo-Marin from the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. He said: “Studying the biology of natural systems increasingly relies on imaging to visualize, measure and, eventually, to uncover their inner workings. This is done through combining technology, methods and algorithms developed in many inter-connected fields.

“Despite this, the increasingly vital role of bioimaging in making new advances is not fully recognised. That and the large number of disciplines involved means there are only a few journals that cater for bioimaging, and none that cover the central contributions of image processing and analysis, data mining and analysis, mathematical modelling and machine learning, topics that are currently scattered across a range of journals.”

He added: “We have the vision that Biological Imaging, through the quality of the papers and its fast and Open Access publication policy, will drive cross fertilization across the spectrum of research and applications and inspire further innovative and groundbreaking work.”

Caroline Black, Publishing Director of STM Journals at Cambridge University Press said:  “We’re delighted to be working with Professor Olivo-Marin, who is one of the leaders in the bioimaging field.

“Prof Olivo-Marin and his editorial team saw a pressing need to support research and collaboration in the field and have seized the opportunity to unite the physical, computer and mathematical sciences with the life sciences. Scientists will be able to use advances in hardware, devices, image processing and data analysis that they find in our exciting new journal, to visualise and measure samples in ways that weren’t possible before.”

Submissions to the new journal are welcomed and authors should visit Cambridge Core for more information.

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