Editor-in-Chief, Alexander Gaeta, announces the launch of Optica, OSA’s new open-access journal for high-impact results.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

I am very pleased to introduce the inaugural issue of Optica. This new, online-only, open-access journal, published monthly, is devoted to the rapid dissemination of high-impact results in all areas of optics and photonics, from fundamental studies to applied technology. The idea for Optica grew out of many discussions between OSA publication volunteers and researchers in the field regarding the need for a journal that provided authors with an outlet for their highest profile results and that would be of interest and accessible to the optics and broader scientific communities. After a thoughtful and deliberate vetting process by various volunteer governance committees, Optica was ultimately approved by the OSA Board of Directors.

Optica will publish original research letters (4 pages), research articles (6–8 pages), and mini reviews (8–12 pages). Each paper submitted to Optica will undergo an initial review by the Editorial Board to determine its potential suitability for the journal, at which point the paper will be sent for peer review or be declined. The Editorial Board will strive to make this initial decision on suitability within five business days or less, which will ensure that authors can quickly submit their work to another journal if it is declined by Optica at this stage. A unique feature of the journal is that authors whose papers are declined, either at this initial editorial stage or after the peer review process, may have the option, as determined by the Associate Editor(s), to transfer their manuscript to another of the many excellent OSA journals and maintain the original submission date to Optica. Newsworthy articles that are accepted for publication will be promoted via coordinated media outreach and distributed broadly.

The Editorial Board is comprised of a fantastic group of high-profile researchers and has a diversity of expertise that covers all areas of optics and photonics. They will work hard to ensure that papers are given careful consideration but are also dealt with quickly to maintain the spirit of rapid dissemination. I am also very pleased to introduce an additional member of the editorial staff, Dr. Alison Taylor, who will serve as the Executive Editor. Alison has a Ph.D. in optics, and she brings a wealth of editorial experience with over twelve years working in not-for-profit publishing at the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics. She will work closely with me and the Editorial Board on all aspects of the journal to ensure that it functions at the highest level.

As the founding Editor-in-Chief, I am extremely gratified by the enthusiastic support from the OSA volunteers, staff, and the general optics community. Starting a journal with such lofty goals is challenging. Nevertheless, I am highly encouraged by the superb articles that have already been submitted and the thoughtful reviews that the Associate Editors have obtained from the referees.

The inaugural issue consists of an impressive and diverse set of papers. These include letters by Lavery et al. on observation of rotational Doppler shifts and Rosenthal et al. on using filaments in air to collect light signals. There are also five research articles: Papp et al. demonstrate an optical clock based on a microresonator frequency comb; Nakazawa et al. demonstrate a novel type of laser - the Nyquist laser; Jalali et al. model optical data compression and expansion using time bandwidth engineering; Zhu et al. propose a novel design for self-cooling solar cells; and Seaberg et al. perform extreme ultraviolet imaging using tabletop-size laser technology. In addition, we have an excellent review on third generation femtosecond technology by Fattahi et al.

Lastly, many aspects of Optica were developed based on extensive conversations I had with many colleagues, and I continue to welcome your thoughts and suggestions on how we can further improve the journal.

Alexander Gaeta



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