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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.

Applied Optics publishes in-depth peer-reviewed content about applications-centered research in optics. These articles cover research in optical technology, photonics, lasers, information processing, sensing and environmental optics.

Applied Optics' research articles should:

  • Concentrate on practical applications of science and technology,
  • Introduce new science or technology by either increasing understanding of existing research or reporting novel applications,
  • Include the development and performance of technologies when applying theories,
  • Provide sufficient background, detail, and explanation so that others can reproduce the results, and so that the significance of the work is clear.

In addition to original research articles, invited review articles, and comments on published articles, Applied Optics is now publishing Engineering and Laboratory Notes (E&L Notes). E&L Notes are brief articles devoted to the design, analysis, fabrication, integration, alignment, and measurement techniques used when creating optical components and systems. E&L Notes offers a unique way to publish observations from your engineering notebook in Applied Optics.

Submission Information

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Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 1.598*
EigenFactor Score: 0.04119 (ranked 5th out of 86 journals)*
Total Citations: 38,885 (ranked 4th out of 86 journals)*
Google Scholar h5-index: 46 (ranked 13th out of 20 top journals)
Cited Half-Life: 10+ years*
Median Time to Web Publication: 97 days

*According to Optics category rankings in the 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2016)
June 2016 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

For more information on Journal metrics, click here.

Editorial Board

Ron Driggers,
St. Johns Optical Systems, USA
Division Editors
Geoffrey Cranch, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Myung Keun Kim, University of South Florida, USA
Oliver Reitebuch, German Aerospace Center DLR, Germany
Features Editor
Gisele Bennett, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Debashis Chanda, University of Central Florida, USA
Brian Monacelli, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
Topical Editors
Muhammad Nadeem Akram, University College Southeast Norway, Norway (Imaging Optics, Lens Design, Integrated Optics, Semiconductor Lasers)
Percival Flavier Almoro, University of the Philippines Diliman, the Philippines (Interferometry, Holography, Speckle, Statistical Fringe Processing and Nondestructive testing)
Emmanuel A. Anagnostakis, Hellenic Air Force Academy, Greece (Optoelectronics, Photonic Nanodevices, and Detectors)
Mohammad R.N. Avanaki, Wayne State University, USA (Photoacoustic Tomography, Optical Coherence Tomography, Photoacoustic Microscopy, and Wavefront Shaping)
Jean-Emmanuel Broquin, Grenoble Institute of Technology, France (Integrated Optics, lasers, and optical sensors; Silicon Photonics)
Neil Bruce, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico (Light Scattering)
Eva Campo, Bangor University, UK (Nanophotonics and Optical Fabrication)
Nanguang Chen, National University of Singapore, Singapore (optical microscopy and biomedical optics)
Alessandro Chiasera, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie IFN-CNR, Italy (Integrated Optics)
Justin Cleary, Air Force Research Labs, USA (Plasmonics and Photonics)
Bo Dong, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), A*STAR, Singapore (Optical Fiber and Waveguide Technology (Devices and Sensors))
Denis Donlagic, University of Maribor, Slovenia (Fibers and Sensors)
Jesse A. Frantz, Naval Research Laboratory, USA (Thin Films)
Songnian Fu, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China (Specialty Optical Fibers, Optical Signal Processing, Photonic Waveguide Devices)
Yuriy A. Garbovskiy, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, USA (Biomedical Applications of Liquid Crystals and Nanoparticles)
Jihong Geng, AdValue Photonics, USA (Glass Optics and Lasers)
John Heebner, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA (Photonics)
Robert Kester, Rebellion Photonics, USA (Spectroscopy/Spectral Imaging)
Steve Kim, US Air Force Research Laboratory, USA (Organic Optics: Chemical Diagnosis)
Taegeun Kim, Sejong University, South Korea (Digital Holography and 3-D Optical Pattern Recognition)
Triantafillos Koukoulas, KRISS—Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, South Korea (Spectroscopy and Interferometry)
Waruna D. Kulatilaka, Texas A&M University, USA (Optical Diagnostics and Imaging, Laser Spectroscopy, and Ultrafast Lasers and Novel Imaging Techniques)
Gilles Lerondel, Université de Technologie de Troyes, France (materials science, nanooptics, and photonics)
Xiaofeng Li, Soochow University, China (Optical Devices and Semiconductor Lasers)
Meisong Liao, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China (Photonic crystal fiber, Nonlinear fiber, Fiber applications, Optical materials)
Juan Liu, Beijing Institute of Technology, China (3D Dynamic Holographic Display, Micro-/Nano- Optical Elements)
Jung-Ping Liu, Feng Chia University, Taiwan (holographic data storage and holographic display)
Silvia Diaz Lucas, Public University of Navarra, Spain (Lasers, Fiber Lasers, Fiber Sensors, and General Optical Devices)
Abhijit Mahalanobis, Lockheed Martin, USA (Image/Signal Processing, Optical Information Processing, Computational Imaging, Compressive Sensing)
Mario Carlos Marconi, Colorado State University, USA (Extreme UV and Soft-X-Ray Lithography)
Manuel Martínez-Corral, University of Valencia, Spain (Display Technology)
Fernando Mendoza-Santoyo, Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO), Mexico (Nondestructive Testing)
Gualtiero Nunzi Conti, Institute of Applied Physics—CNR, Italy (Lasers, Fiber Optics, and Optoelectronics)
Jae-Hyeung Park, Inha University, South Korea (3D Display and Optical Information Processing)
Sri Rama Prasanna Pavani, Exnodes, USA (Computational Imaging)
Pascal Picart, ENSIM, Université du Maine, France (Holographic Interferometry and Metrological Instrumentation)
Chrysanthe Preza, University of Memphis, USA (Imaging)
Ileana Rau, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania (Nonlinear Optics; Devices and Instrumentation)
Michael C. Roggemann, Michigan Technological University, USA (Wave Propagation and Imaging through Atmospheric Turbulence)
Martha Rosete-Aguilar, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico (Optical Design and Geometrical Optics)
Mohammad Sabaeian, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran (Solid-state and Fiber lasers, Nonlinear Optics, Photonic Crystal Fiber Lasers, Microcavities)
Thomas Seeger, University of Siegen, Germany (Lasers)
Yunlong Sheng, University Laval, Canada (Nano-optics, plasmonics and optical trapping)
Ingve Simonsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (Surface Scattering, Diffraction, Theory Wave Propagation)
Guohai Situ, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China (Optical Imaging and Optical Signal Processing)
Ching-Cherng Sun, National Central University, Taiwan (Lighting and Display Optics; Volume Holography)
Anna Sytchkova, ENEA, Italy (Optical Coatings Technology)
Lei Tian, UC Berkeley, USA (Emerging Technologies such as Compressive Sensing, Computational Microscopy, Phase Retrieval)
Peter Tsang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Computer-Generated Holography)
Erik Vartiainen, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland (Spectroscopy and Optical Materials)
Lidai Wang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Photoacoustic Imaging, Multi-photon Imaging, Hyperspectral Imaging, Ultrafast Imaging, Wavefront Engineering)
Sanshui Xiao, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark (Nanophotonics, Plasmonics, and Graphene Nanophotonics)
Chi Xiong, IBM TJ Watson, USA (Silicon Photonics, Integrated Optics, Spectroscopic Sensing)
Hiroshi Yoshikawa, Nihon University, Japan (Computer-Generated Holography and 3D Display)
Libo Yuan, Harbin Engineering University (HEU), China (Optical Fiber and Waveguide Technology (Devices and Sensors))
Giuseppe Zibordi, Institute for Environment and Sustainability Joint Research Centre, Italy (Ocean Color, Optical Radiometry, Marine Optics)
Weiyao Zou, Archcom Technology, USA (Optical design and instrumentation)


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