Manuscripts for publication are being solicited for a special issue of Applied Optics to highlight the breadth of optics research in Ireland.
Some Applied Optics feature issues spotlight work at research institutions within specific regions/locations. Researchers from the featured region submit original, unpublished manuscripts for review through the Applied Optics submission process. For acceptance, manuscripts must meet the journal's publication criteria. Accepted papers are collected in a single issue, which gives the scientific community a one-stop overview of current optics-related research in that region/institution.
For example, a 2017 feature issue was published on the Army Research Lab, edited by K. K. Choi, J. N. Mait, J. M. Pellegrino, and G. L. Wood and featuring 85 articles (http://www.osapublishing.org/ao/issue.cfm?volume=56&issue=3).
This feature presents researchers in Ireland with an opportunity to showcase their applied optics work, including optical sensing, spectroscopy, telecommunications, imaging, optical materials, metrology, displays, lighting, and biomedical applications. Submissions are sought describing the algorithms and software involved and the optoelectronics (e.g., sources, modulators, and detectors) that these applications and optical systems require.
The deadline for submissions is 1 April 2018. Information for authors can be found at http://www.osapublishing.org/ao/author/author.cfm.
Manuscripts must be prepared according to the usual standards for submission to Applied Optics and must be uploaded through OSA's electronic submission system, specifying from the drop-down menu that the manuscript is for the Feature Issue on Optics in Ireland.
All papers need to present original, previously unpublished work and will be subject to the normal standards and peer-review processes of the journal. The standard Applied Optics publication charges will apply to all published articles. For a conference paper to be eligible for publication, the paper needs to add substantial and/or significant new information to the original conference summary, in accordance with OSA's Policy on Conference Papers.