The Optical Society's Journals Remain Leaders in Optics and Photonics Publications


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

The Optical Society’s Journals Remain Leaders in Optics and Photonics Publications

WASHINGTON, June 30—The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that its 15 flagship, partnered and co-published peer-reviewed journals continue to generate  the most citations and the largest number of articles in the field of optics and photonics, according to the recently released Thomson Reuters 2010 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR).  The JCR is considered the industry standard for peer-reviewed journal rankings and offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world's leading journals based on citation data.

OSA’s journals make up more than 40% of the total citations received in 2010 and 32% of all articles published in the JCR’s optics category—both more than any other publisher in this category. Additionally, Optics Express, OSA’s award-winning open-access journal, is now the 12th largest publication indexed by JCR’s Science Edition. 

Of the 78 journals listed in the optics category, seven OSA published or co-published journals appear within the top 25 journals based on their impact factor (Optics Express, Optics Letters, Journal of Lightwave Technology, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Journal of the Optical Society of America A, Applied Optics, and Journal of Display Technology).   Moreover, nearly 60% of the articles tracked in this segment come from these seven publications.  Notably, Optics Express continues to be OSA’s top-ranked journal, with a number five rank and a 3.749 impact factor. Additionally, Applied Optics and Journal of the Optical Society of America A have maintained their cited half-life of more than 10 years, demonstrating that OSA’s content endures as a valued resource for the optics and photonics community.

“As evidenced by these rankings, OSA’s journals have solidified their position as leaders in the optics and photonics market even as the number of publications in this category continue to grow,” said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA CEO. “OSA’s newest publications, Advances in Optics and Photonics, Optical Materials Express and Biomedical Optics Express, will add valuable technical content that continues to represent our community’s top research. OSA thanks its dedicated volunteers who serve as editors and reviewers for the Society’s journals maintaining the high quality standards the community expects from OSA.”

For more information on OSA’s journals, visit Optics InfoBase, the online library for OSA flagship, partnered and co-published journals.

About OSA
Uniting more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit