Call for Papers

Special Issue on Optics in Elastography and Cell Mechanics

This special issue is devoted to developments and applications of biomedical optics, biophotonics and optical microscopy in the assessment of the biomechanics of cells and tissues. Mechanical forces and properties play an important role in the behavior and development of biological systems and disease at all spatial scales, from cells and their constituents, to tissues and organs. Over recent years, there have been many advances in optics and photonics methods and applications in elastography and cell mechanics.

Original research papers, review articles and case studies are solicited for this special issue. Manuscripts will be internationally peer-reviewed. Submissions are encouraged dealing with the following and related topics:

  • optical elastography methods and applications
  • optical coherence tomography/elastography
  • speckle and particle tracking, and holography
  • quantitative methods, combining computation and measurement
  • methods for measuring viscoelastic properties
  • photoacoustics directed towards biomechanics
  • Brillouin scattering for biomechanics
  • optical tweezers applied to cellular and subcellular mechanical properties
  • scanning probe and other nanoscale methods for biomechanics
  • dynamic methods for characterizing tissue vibration, such as in the ear and vocal chords
  • elastography applied to characterization of ex vivo and in vivo tissue pathology
  • intraoperative elastography
  • elastography in cardiology
  • biomechanics of the eye, ophthalmic applications
  • hard tissue biomechanics in bones and dental applications
  • biomechanics in animal models, tissue engineering and developmental biology
  • microrheology measurements using optical techniques
  • traction force microscopy and related methods
  • cell mechanics methods (related to, e.g., motility, adhesion, and mechanotransduction).
Submission deadline: June 2017
Planned publication date: September 2017

Submission format: Authors should use the Latex or MS-Word style files. For more details, please visit

Feature Editors: 
David D Sampson
The University of Western Australia, Perth WA 6009, Australia

Giuliano Scarcelli
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA