2002 was a good year for Optics Express! Let me share a few statistics with you to quantify this.

The number of papers published in 2002 was up by 12% over 2001. The number of submitted papers was up by over 30% indicating, of course, that the percentage of rejected papers was also up (38% for the year). The average time it took for a fully peer-reviewed, accepted paper to be published, from initial manuscript receipt to posting on the Web, continued to be a phenomenally short 48 days. Over a quarter of our published papers used multi-media, and almost all used color graphics. The number of subscribers to the Optics Express Table of Contents e-mail service jumped to over 4100. And, finally, we learned in 2002 that Optics Express, out of all optical science journals, was ranked 8th in impact factor by the ISI, the people who keep track of citations to papers in scientific journals.

In 2002 I personally made it a goal to increase the readability of the papers that appear in Optics Express. I believe we have made good progress towards that goal. All Optics Express Associate Editors have been asked to judge more carefully the readability of submitted manuscripts. Optics Express papers are not copy edited in the normal course of publication, so it is essential that we receive readable and well-formatted manuscripts from authors. We continue to work closely with all of our authors and offer, at cost, copy-editing services, if needed. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the success of Optics Express lies mainly with our authors. We literally would be nowhere without them. We shall continue to do everything we can to work with and help authors who submit manuscripts to Optics Express.

So, as we plunge into this new year, I am confident that you will see continued growth in the quantity and quality of papers published in Optics Express. I can promise that in Optics Express you will be able to read about exciting research results from a huge range of topics in optical science. I can also promise that these results will come to you quicker than you could get them from any other fully-peer-reviewed optical science journal, and probably quicker than you could get them from any other, fully-peer-reviewed journal in any field.

To all of our valued authors and readers, from myself, all of the Associate Editors, and the editorial staff at the Optical Society of America – have a happy and productive new year!

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