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Spotlight: FAQs

May I recommend my paper for Spotlight on Optics (Spotlight)?

No. The selection process does not involve author recommendations.

What is the selection process?

Editors select a limited number of articles that have broad appeal, are enjoyable to read, and showcase the scope of material published in OSA's journals. The topic categories highlighted in a given month will vary by journal.

How many papers are selected for Spotlight?

Because Spotlight papers are open access (OA) and in keeping with the Spotlight concept, only 1–2 papers per journal will be selected.

When I submit my paper to a journal, may I contact editors as to the Spotlight potential of my paper?

No. Please note that doing so will remove the paper from Spotlight eligibility.

Do Spotlight papers get published ahead of other non-selected papers?


Will I be notified if my paper is selected?

Yes. Authors are notified of selection prior to online publication.

Where will Spotlight information be housed? And how long will it be accessible?

Spotlight content will be housed in OSA Publishing and its archives in perpetuity. The Spotlight article will be displayed prominently for 30 days and then be accessible as part of the Spotlight archive.

If my paper is selected, how will readers know?

In addition to appearing on the Spotlight web site, the selected article will be marked with a Spotlight icon wherever the article appears in OSA Publishing (e.g., in search results, in source table of contents, in source abstract page).

Is Spotlight a real journal?

Spotlight is a virtual product—a compilation of papers across various categories from OSA's diverse publication set. However, services such as RSS feed are available for Spotlight.

How do I cite a Spotlight selection?

A Spotlight paper should be cited as it appeared in the originating journal.

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