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Style Guides and Templates for OSA Journals

OSA accepts manuscripts submitted in MS Word or LaTeX. Please use the appropriate templates and style guides provided below.

New. The Express journals now have new MS Word and LaTeX templates that incorporate a redesigned page layout. Highlights include:
  • New visual design including new margins.
  • New Funding section to separate funding information from the Acknowledgements section.

LaTeX authors: OSA offers several templates through the cloud-based Overleaf service, including a new template for Advances in Optics and Photonics.

Journal Suppl. Mats.
Style Guide MS Word Template LaTeX Template
Adv. Opt. Photon. AOP.dotx (Nov 2015) AOP-LaTeX.zip (July 2017)
Appl. Opt.
AO_JOSA.dotx (August 2016) AO_JOSA_OL-LaTeX.zip (May 2016)
Opt. Lett. OL.dotx (August 2016) AO_JOSA_OL-LaTeX.zip (May 2016)
Biomed. Opt. Express
Opt. Express
Opt. Mat. Express
Express-full.docx (June 2017)
Express-simple.dotx (June 2017)
Express-LaTeX.zip (June 2017)
Overleaf (full)
Overleaf (simple)
Optica Optica-research.dotx (August 2016)
Optica-letters.dotx (August 2016)
Optica-suppl-mat.dot (May 2015)
Optica-memo.dotx (July 2016)
Optica-LaTeX.zip (May 2016)
Optica-suppl-mat.zip (May 2016)
Optica-memo-LaTeX.zip (July 2016)
J. Opt. Commun. Netw. JOCN.doc (Sep 2010) JOCN-LaTeX.zip (Aug 2010)
Photon. Res. PR.dot (Dec 2012) PR-revtex4-1.tar (Sep 2013)

Instructions for LaTeX/REVTeX Submissions

  • Use standard LaTeX coding wherever possible and avoid use of custom macros.
  • All math expressions, even simple ones, should be placed in a proper LaTeX math environment and should be coded as "cleanly" as possible without heavy customization for spacing, alignment, etc.
  • Do not include subfolders within the archive (for example, the subfolder "figs\fig1.eps" will not work; instead, place the figure file "fig1.eps" directly in the archive). Before submitting, make sure your archive does not contain a subfolder containing all of your files. Prism will not accept this.
  • Include just one .tex file. Using \include and multiple .tex files will not work.
  • Include any non-OSA or nonstandard style files with your submission.
  • Compress your .tex manuscript file and all figures (which should be in EPS format, or PDF format if you are using PDFLaTeX) in a ZIP, TAR or TAR-GZIP package. PRISM will process in LaTeX mode by default but will use PDF LaTeX if PDF figure files are detected. Note: TAR or TAR-GZIP is no longer required.

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