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Alex Gaeta, Cornell University

Rapid article-at-a-time publication, monthly issues

The Optical Society (OSA) will publish a new open-access journal titled, Optica, to focus on the rapid dissemination of high-impact results in all areas of optics and photonics. This new online-only journal will publish its first monthly issue in July 2014 and will be a dedicated venue for authors to publish exciting work spanning theoretical, experimental and applied research.

  • Open access
  • Monthly frequency
  • Highly-selective content
  • Professional composition and timely publication
  • Accessible in OSA Publishing

Optica will publish original research articles (6-8 pages), research letters (4 pages) and mini reviews (8-10 pages) with the aim of representing work that is of significant interest to the optics and broader scientific community. Mini reviews typically will be invited, but authors may contact the Editor-in-Chief (optica@osa.org) to suggest a potential topic if they wish to submit such a paper.

A unique feature of Optica is its transfer request option. With this option, submissions that are initially declined by Optica but that are deemed by the editors to merit consideration by other OSA Journals, can be transferred with the author's permission to another OSA journal and will carry the original submission date. Additionally, every effort will be made to complete the initial editorial review of each manuscript within five business days of submission. See the complete Author Guidelines for Optica for more details about the transfer request option.

More information on Optica can be found in its announcement 5 Feb. 2014 press release.

Questions about Optica can be directed to the editorial staff at optica@osa.org.

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Submission Instructions

Submissions should be prepared using the OSA manuscript templates for Word files and articles composed using LaTeX/REVTeX. OSA's Author Style Guide provides additional formatting instructions.

All submissions must be made using the Prism article tracking system. The following information is needed to complete the submission process: cover letter (see below), email addresses for all co-authors, email addresses for three referee suggestions, at least two OCIS codes, funding agency name(s) and grant number(s).

A 250-word submission cover letter is required for all research letters and research articles. The letter should explain why the submitted work is appropriate for Optica, which aspects of the work are novel, and how the work is important to the broader optics/photonics and scientific communities.

Article Processing Charges will be waived for articles submitted during the first year.

Click below to enter Prism, OSA's online submission system, to complete the submission form, and to upload your manuscript files and cover letter.

Note: Authors who do not have an OSA account will be able to create one before beginning the submission process. Please do not create a new account if you have previous OSA activity.

Editorial Board

Alex Gaeta
Cornell University

Associate Editors
Miguel Alonso, University of Rochester
Connie Chang-Hasnain, University of California Berkeley
Steven Cundiff, NIST
Michael Downer, University of Texas
Gadi Eisenstein, Technion Israel Institute of Technology
Daniel Gauthier, Duke University
Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University
Henry Kapteyn, University of Colorado
Martii Kauranen, Tampere University of Technology
Thomas Krauss, York University
Susana Marcos, Instituto di Optica
Curtis Menyuk, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Jesper Mørk, Technical University of Denmark
Yehiam Prior, Weizmann Institute of Science
Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, University of Queensland
Henry van Driel, University of Toronto
Konstantin Vodopyanov, CREOL, University of Central Florida
Hailin Wang, University of Oregon
Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Andrew White, University of Queensland
Changhuei Yang, California Institute of Technology

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