Optics Express

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  • Published by: Optical Society of America
  • ISSN: 1094-4087
  • Last checked date: 03/2020
  • Scope: Optics Express is the all-electronic, open-access journal for optics providing rapid publication for peer-reviewed articles that emphasize scientific and technology innovations in all aspects of optics and photonics. Additionally, Optics Express publishes papers dedicated to new developments in the science and engineering of light and their impact on sustainable energy, the environment, and green technologies in its dedicated section, Energy and Environmental Optics Express.
  • Additional free text: " OSA's ""Copyright Transfer and Open Access Publishing Agreement"" (OAPA) is the default option for most authors when publishing in one of our fully open access journals or when opting for open access in our hybrid journals. All articles published under our OAPA are freely accessible, while copyright is transferred to OSA. Authors may post the published version of their article to their personal website, institutional repository, or a repository required by their funding agency. Authors and readers may use, reuse, and build upon the article, or use it for text or data mining, as long as the purpose is non-commercial and appropriate attribution is maintained. Creative Commons Licensing OSA is aware that some authors, as a condition of their funding, must publish their work under a Creative Commons license. We therefore offer a CC BY license for authors who indicate that their work is funded by agencies that we have confirmed have this requirement. "
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  • Main subject area: Physics
  • Breadth of subject area: Specialist
  • Peer review?

  • Peer review type: Conventional
  • Peer review openness: Closed, single blind
  • Selectivity: Somewhat selective (IF ~3-8)
  • Open access?

  • Free to read option: Paper can be free for anyone to read
  • Allows green OA: Not applicable as gold
  • Has waivers: Yes
  • Has membership system: None
  • Access type: Full gold
  • Licence: Copyright transfer to journal
  • Level of APC: $1600-2500
  • Speed?

  • Speed to first decision: Unknown
  • Speed from acceptance to publication: Unknown
  • Other?

  • Ownership of publisher: Society
  • Length restrictions: Can pay if longer
  • Provides altmetrics: Accesses and citations
  • CrossMark implemented: Yes
  • Has a 2015 impact factor: Yes
  • Copyedits: No