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Chinese Optics Letters (COL) is a short-article journal for the rapid dissemination of new, important results in all branches of optical science and technology and related fields, published monthly by Chinese Laser Press and distributed abroad by OSA.

Submission of Papers

Authors should submit online:

Manuscript Submissions

Electronic MS Word (recommended) and LaTeX files are acceptable. Submitted manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s) and not have been published elsewhere or under consideration for another publication or a substantially similar fo

Authors are encouraged to recommend three to five individuals (include their research fields, e-mails, titles, and affiliations) who are qualified to serve as referees for their papers.

Manuscript Preparation

Chinese Optics Letters provides a template for MS Word to assist with formatting. Please also see the following "Information for Authors" for manuscript preparation.

To ensure a successful submission, please use the COL_Template which can be downloaded at the website http://www.col.opticsx.org/preparing.aspx.

Note: From January 1, 2015, all MS Word submissions should accord with the "template" before the "peer review" process. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail to col@siom.ac.cn.

Information for Authors

All manuscripts should be written in English. The supporting organization and the grant number should be given at the end of the manuscript.

Title: The title of the paper should be concise but informative.

Author name(s): A list of all authors, as well as corresponding addresses, should be provided on the title page. Authors' names should be given in a consistent form on all publications to facilitate indexing. It will be better if the fax number(s), e-mail address(es), and telephone number(s) are all provided.

Abstract: The abstract should be no longer than 100 words. It should be informative, without descriptive words or citations, and contain the major conclusions and quantitative results or other significant items in the paper. Together with the title, the abstract must be adequate as an index to all the subjects treated in the paper, and will be used as a base for indexing.

OCIS codes: OCIS codes should be provided to help with indexing. This set of codes was formulated by OSA and well-known in the optical research world. OCIS codes are available on Chinese Optics Letters' web page (http://www.col.opticsx.org/ocis.aspx) and the OSA publication web pages. Each manuscript must be given 2-4 OCIS codes below the abstract, and the principal index code should be placed first.

Main body of the paper: The body of the paper should include all the information of the research.

Formulas: Formulas should be punctuated and aligned to bring out their structure, and numbered consecutively in round brackets on the right-hand side of the page.

Notation: Notation must be legible, clear, compact, and consistent with standard usage. All unusual symbols whose identity may not be obvious, including subscript or superscript, must be made comprehensible. Physical and mathematical variables should be in italic, vectors in boldface. Units, abbreviations and special functions should be upright. Please add notes to explain any other special symbols.

Figures: Figures should be suitable (resolution above 300 dpi) for immediate reproduction and embedded in the text. They should be set as one column wide (6-8 cm) if possible unless two-column display is essential. In the figures, the main lines should be about 0.3 mm in width, and the assistant lines 0.15 mm. Notations in the figures should be distinct and consistent with the same ones in the text, and their font size will be 7-9 pt. Figures should also be uploaded as separate figure files. Each figure should have its own caption. Color Art is Online Only, and free to authors.

Tables: Tables, numbered in order of appearance, should be appended on separate sheets and identified with appropriate titles. The table title, which should be brief, goes above the table. A detailed description of its contents or table footnotes should be given directly below the body of the table. Note that tables are usually typeset, not scanned (tables cannot be electronically reduced in size). Tables should be set in one column wide if possible and be placed near their first mention in the body.

References: References must be published work, and numbered consecutively in order of their first citation. References should be listed individually at the end of the text and indicated in the text with a superscript number in square brackets. All of the references' authors, as well as the titles of the referenced articles, should be given. Here are some examples of how to set the most common reference types:

Journals: M. Zhang, P. Ye, F. Zhang, Y. Zhao, and J. Wang, "NOLM-based wavelength conversion with FBG band-pass filter for optical packet switching," Chin. Opt. Lett. 1, 3 (2003).

Books: N. Bloembergen, Nonlinear Optics (Benjamin, New York, 1965).

Conference proceedings: R. E. Kalman, "A new approach to linear filtering and prediction problems", in Proceedings of Advanced Seminar on Generalized Inverse and Applications, M. Z. Nashed, ed. (Academic, San Diego, CA, USA, 1976), p. 111.

Patents: A. C. Hart, Jr., R. G. Huff, and K. L. Walker, "Method of making a fiber having low polarization mode dispersion due to a permanent spin", U.S. patent 5,298,047 (March 29, 1994).

Dissertations: K. L. Corwin, "A circularly-polarized optical dipole trap and other developments in laser trapping of atoms", PhD. Thesis (University of Colorado, 1999).

Online references: H. R. Sheikh, Z. Wang, L. Cormack, and A. C. Bovik, "Live image quality assessment database release 2", http://live.ece.utexas.edu/research/quality (September 8, 2006).

Review, Revision, Proof and Copyright

Authors will receive a letter informing them whether the manuscript is accepted or rejected in two months. Authors should return their revisions to the copy editor within two weeks. Proofs will be sent to the authors about one or two weeks before its publication, and should be returned preferably within 48 hours to avoid publication delays.

Note that Chinese Optics Letters has a limit of five printed pages. If a paper exceeds this limit, it must be shortened before the paper is accepted. If the page proof is over the five-page limit, the proof must be shortened before the paper can be assigned to a final issue. Authors should use the COL Word or LaTeX templates to prepare manuscripts to facilitate length checking.

As the manuscript has been accepted, all authors should transfer the copyright of the article, including that of the printing and on-line version, to the publisher. All authors must sign the Transfer of Copyright Agreement (can be downloaded at the website http://www.col.opticsx.org/preparing.aspx) before the article can be published. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information.

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