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The Optical Society (OSA) publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed articles in its portfolio of journals, which serve the full breadth of the optics and photonics community.

Optica is an open-access, online-only journal dedicated to the rapid dissemination of high-impact peer-reviewed research across the entire spectrum of optics and photonics. Published monthly by OSA, Optica provides a forum for pioneering research to be swiftly accessed by the international community, whether that research is theoretical or experimental, fundamental or applied.

The Journal seeks articles that will be of significant interest to the optics and broader scientific community. As a result, the process for paper acceptance is inherently highly selective.

The acceptance criteria for Optica include:

  1. Significance, potential impact, originality,
  2. High technical quality, integrity and scientific rigor,
  3. Readability, interest to the broader optics and scientific communities.

Optica publishes original research letters (4 pages), research articles (6-8 pages), and mini-reviews (8-12 pages). The Journal has recently introduced memoranda (2 pages); short announcements of particularly exciting breakthroughs and innovations. Comments and Replies will also be published. Incremental work that does not convincingly add new and important results of broad interest to the optics and photonics communities will be declined by Optica.

Submission Information

Is my paper appropriate for Optica? Read about all OSA journals here.

Mini-reviews will usually be invited, but authors may contact the Editor-in-Chief (optica@osa.org) to suggest a potential topic if they wish to submit such a paper.

Please see the Author Resource Center for instructions to prepare and submit a manuscript.


Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 9.263 (ranked 4th out of 95 journals)*
Immediacy Index: 1.974 (ranked 7th out of 95 journals)*
Article Influence Score: 3.701 (ranked 4th out of 95 journals)*
Google Scholar h5-index: 76
Median Time to Publication: 114 days

*According to Optics category rankings in the 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)
July 2019 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

Cover Letter and Editorial Review

A 250-word submission cover letter is required for all memoranda, letters, and research articles. The letter should explain why the submitted work is appropriate for Optica, which aspects of the work are novel, and how the work is important to the broader optics/photonics and scientific communities. In addition, the title and abstract should be accessible to a general audience. Simple, brief titles tend to be clearer and more attractive to readers. For the abstract, we suggest beginning by giving the context and purpose of the work before outlining the methodology and results. The abstract should conclude with a statement evaluating and indicating any implications of your result. Abstracts for memoranda, however, are limited to 35 words and should be carefully crafted to make the impact of the work clear. The cover letter and manuscript for letters and research articles will be evaluated by at least two editorial board members to determine if the paper will proceed to external peer review. Memoranda will be evaluated in full at this stage and will be accepted or rejected on the basis of editorial review. Every effort will be made to complete this editorial review within seven business days of submission.

If the editorial board declines the paper for Optica at the initial review stage but deems it appropriate for further consideration by OSA publications, the author will receive a decision letter that offers a limited-time option to transfer the manuscript to another OSA journal. See details below.

Peer Review Process

Letters and research articles that pass the initial editorial review will be assigned to a member of the editorial board (associate editor) who will then obtain at least two external peer reviews. The external referees will evaluate the manuscript using these criteria.

Editorial decisions after peer review include:

  1. Accept without revision
  2. Provisional acceptance, minor revisions requested
  3. Revisions requested prior to final decision
  4. Reject, transfer option or resubmission processed as a new manuscript
  5. Reject, decline further consideration

If the associate editor rejects the paper after peer review but deems it appropriate for further consideration by OSA, the author will receive a decision letter that offers a limited-time option to transfer the manuscript with peer reviews to another OSA journal. See details below.

Revised manuscripts may be sent for further review at the discretion of the editor. Generally, the authors' response and the original review comments will be provided for re-review. Every effort will be made to provide a final manuscript decision in a timely manner. On occasion, the editors may receive pertinent information to justify re-evaluation of a paper after it has been accepted. Such matters will be handled judiciously.

The editorial office staff will also review the manuscript title, abstract, introduction and conclusions to judge their effectiveness in engaging the reader, outlining the problem addressed, and communicating the potential impact of the work. Developmental editing will be performed as necessary on accepted manuscripts to ensure broad accessibility for the paper.

Transfer Request

A unique feature of Optica is its transfer request option. Submissions that are initially declined by Optica but that are deemed by the editors to merit consideration by other OSA journals, can be transferred, with the author's permission, to another OSA journal and will carry the original submission date.

The author must activate the transfer request within two weeks of the decision letter from Optica. If the authors are granted the transfer option, details will be provided in their Optica decision letter. The author will submit a request via Prism. The request should include the new OSA journal selection and a brief statement for the new Editor.

The new Editor will approve or decline the transfer request. If approved, the paper will be transferred to the Resubmit Step at the new journal where a resubmission can be completed in adherence with any format/length requirements of the new journal. The original submission date will be retained. If the transfer is declined, any further resubmission will be considered a new manuscript with a new submission date.

Editorial Board

Alexander L. Gaeta,
Columbia University, USA
Deputy Editors
Gabriella Cincotti, University Roma Tre, Italy
Daniel Gauthier, The Ohio State University, USA
Associate Editors
Igor Aharonovich, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Miguel Alonso, University of Rochester, USA
Ady Arie, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Lahsen Assoufid, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
George Barbastathis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Paul Beard, University College London, UK
Oliver Benson, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
Hui Cao, Yale University, USA
Giulio Cerullo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Steven Cundiff, University of Michigan, USA
Judith Dawes, Macquarie University, Australia
Cornelia Denz, University of Muenster, Germany
Scott Diddams, NIST and University of Colorado, USA
Liang Dong, Clemson University, USA
Christophe Dorrer, University of Rochester, USA
Sara Ducci, University Paris Diderot, France
Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
Irene Georgakoudi, Tufts University, USA
L. Jay Guo, University of Michigan, USA
Robert Hadfield, University of Glasgow, UK
Nan Marie Jokerst, Duke University, USA
Jacob Khurgin, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Thomas Krauss, York University, UK
Kobus Kuipers, FOM Institute for Atomic & Molecular Physics, the Netherlands
Philippe Lalanne, Institut d'Optique d'Aquitaine, France
Julien Laurat, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Guifang Li, CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA
Rongguang Liang, University of Arizona, USA
Hoi-Kwong Lo, University of Toronto, Canada
Susana Marcos, Instituto di Optica, Spain
Andrea Melloni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Vinod M. Menon, The City University of New York (CUNY), USA
Curtis Menyuk, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
Daniel Mittleman, Brown University, USA
Jesper Mørk, Technical University of Denmark,Denmark
Dragomir Neshev, The Australian National University, Australia
Irina Novikova, College of William & Mary, USA
Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow, UK
Jian-Wei Pan, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Klaus Petermann, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Nathalie Picqué, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Germany
Michael Pircher, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Eric Potma, University of California, Irvine, USA
Michelle Povinelli, University of Southern California, USA
Yehiam Prior, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Valerio Pruneri, ICFO—The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Spain
Siddharth Ramachandran, Boston University, USA
Johann Reithmaier, Institute of Nanostructure Technologies and Analytics, University of Kassel, Germany
Monika Ritsch-Marte, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria
Karsten Rottwitt, DTU Fotonik, Denmark
Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, University of Queensland, Australia
Leslie Rusch, Université Laval, Canada
Chris Schaffer, Cornell University, USA
Irina T. Sorokina, NTNU, Norway
Günter Steinmeyer, Max Born Institute, Germany
Limin Tong, Zhejiang University, China
Peter van Loock, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany
Konstantin Vodopyanov, CREOL, University of Central Florida, USA
Hailin Wang, University of Oregon, USA
Daniel Wasserman, University of Texas Austin, USA
Adam Wax, Duke University, USA
Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Vladislav Yakovlev, Texas A&M University, USA
Changhuei Yang, California Institute of Technology, USA
Qiwen Zhan, The University of Dayton, USA
Aleksei M. Zheltikov, Texas A&M University, USA, and M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia


E-mail Phone
Alison Taylor, Executive Editor ataylor@osa.org 202-416-1956
Dan McDonold, Editorial Director optica@osa.org 202-416-1984
Christopher Videll, Director, Production & Technology cvidel@osa.org 202-416-1927
Review proposals optica@osa.org
Article processing charges billing@osa.org
Copyright permission requests copyright@osa.org
Online journal technical support elec@osa.org
Elizabeth Nolan, Chief Publishing Officer
M. Scott Dineen, Senior Director, Publishing, Production & Technology

Embargo Policy

All articles published in Optica are under embargo until 10am Eastern Time on the day of publication.

Our public relations consultant, on behalf of OSA, provides advance articles and related material to members of the news media for the purpose of issuing news releases and conducting press outreach. These will usually be distributed 3-5 days before the publication date to our press list and over the EurekAlert! wire service, and the date and time of public release will be clearly stated.

We believe this provides fair access to published research and serves the scientific community, press and public by ensuring that the article is available to everyone at the time the results are reported in the media. It emphasizes the value of peer-review, gives reporters sufficient opportunity to research the work and hence report it accurately, and ensures authors and/or their institutions' public information officers have time to answer questions and coordinate coverage.

Information for Authors

If your paper is chosen to receive media coverage, you will be notified as soon as possible during the review process, usually just after a decision has been rendered.

Discussion of work under consideration for publication in Optica with other scientists, posting of preprints, and presentation of your results at conferences is acceptable. Our embargo policy is not intended to inhibit scientific communication. If you will be presenting your work after we have notified you that your paper has been chosen to receive promotion to the media however, please let us know.

You should not speak with reporters about your work, or provide them with information that is not publicly available more than 5 days prior to publication. If you do speak with a reporter in that time, the information may only appear in the press after the embargo is lifted on the day of publication.

If you are approached by a reporter, or your institution wants to feature your work, please contact us so that we can coordinate outreach prior to or on the publication date. Do not respond to or reach out to reporters without contacting us first.

By working directly with Optica Public Relations staff on any press outreach related to your work, you are ensuring maximum press coverage, accuracy in reporting and best practices for dealing with the media.

Information for Press

Journalists who wish to be included on our press list should contact mediarelations@osa.org.

We ask that you credit Optica as the source of the results and provide a link to the journal and/or the article in any coverage.

Supporting material including images or videos may be available and should also be credited to the journal as appropriate/indicated.

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