This first issue of Optics Express is the beginning of a new venture (and adventure) for the Optical Society of America, its members, and the readers of its journals world-wide, and for optics publishing generally. With the enthusiastic and steady support of the OSA Board of Directors, a small group of volunteers dedicated themselves over the past 12 months to the design and development of a new publishing vehicle for scientists and engineers in all areas of optical science and technology. The volunteers, who constituted an informal Development Consortium for Optics Express, were OSA members and non-members from many US institutions and at least half a dozen other countries. They are recognized today on the masthead page, where their names will be published for the coming two months.
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