Abstract

This has been a phenomenal year for Optics Express. The biggest news is the tremendous growth in the number of papers submitted (and published) in the journal. Over 700 manuscripts were submitted to Optics Express in 2003, a factor of 2.5 more than were submitted in 2002. Over 435 papers were published in 2003, a factor of almost 2.2 more than were published in 2002. This is extraordinary growth for any journal. To me, it indicates that Optics Express has been fully accepted by the optics community and is an attractive journal for an increasing number of authors. I am gratified and humbled by this growth, and will continue to do all I can to ensure the quality and timeliness of Optics Express.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

This has been a phenomenal year for Optics Express. The biggest news is the tremendous growth in the number of papers submitted (and published) in the journal. Over 700 manuscripts were submitted to Optics Express in 2003, a factor of 2.5 more than were submitted in 2002. Over 435 papers were published in 2003, a factor of almost 2.2 more than were published in 2002. This is extraordinary growth for any journal. To me, it indicates that Optics Express has been fully accepted by the optics community and is an attractive journal for an increasing number of authors. I am gratified and humbled by this growth, and will continue to do all I can to ensure the quality and timeliness of Optics Express.

There were other positive trends in 2003. The technical quality of published papers in Optics Express continued to remain high (a least as judged by a healthy rejection ratio) and the readability of papers improved, due to an increased emphasis on the quality of English and consistency of presentation. Our ranking as a journal, as defined by the ISI, remained very high, and Focus Issues in new and exciting topics continued to appear (3 in 2003). And all of this was achieved with no significant impact on our incredibly fast, 8-week average time from receipt of manuscript to full, peer-reviewed publication.

Clearly, the increased number of papers published in Optics Express has meant an increased workload for all of the Optics Express Associate Editors. Let me take this opportunity to thank them all, publicly, for all of their hard work. Please take a moment and go to the “Editors and Staff” section of the Optics Express Web site and see the full list of Associate Editors. As anyone who has been associated with a journal will tell you, it is the Associate Editors, not the Editor, who do the real editorial work. Without their capabilities and hard work, we never could have weathered the rapid growth we experienced in 2003. I hold the work they do for Optics Express in the highest regard.

But the increased editorial workload is only part of the story. The huge growth in Optics Express has also meant a vast increase in the workload for the editorial staff at the Optical Society. I want to express my thanks to everyone at OSA involved in Optics Express, but especially to John Childs, the Director of Publications at OSA, for his continued support and for his professional management of Optics Express; to Scott Dineen, the Director of Electronic Journals, for all his varied skills and for his willingness to help in times of need; and to Jennifer Martin, Optics Express Managing Editor, for her day to day hard work and for her ability to stay patient and helpful to a certain journal Editor. Thank you all.

Michael Duncan, Editor-in-Chief

Naval Research Laboratory

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