Submission Guidelines

Submitting to an OSA meeting gives you the added benefit of having your paper peer-reviewed by an expansive committee of experts in the field. If accepted, your paper will be officially published in Optics InfoBase, OSA's Digital Library, and indexed in Ei Compendex and Scopus.

Adherence to the instructions for preparation of the abstract and summary is imperative. Emailed or faxed submissions will not be accommodated. Failure to complete any of the requirements could result in rejection of a submission. Submission and registration is open to all members of the scientific and technical community. It is incumbent on the authors to obtain appropriate approval to present their work to this international forum.

If you have any questions regarding the paper preparation and/or submission process, please contact OSA Technical Papers staff at 1.202.416.6191 or email

Style Guide

Style Guide

Summaries should be prepared according to the guidelines above and should be submitted electronically in PDF format. The style guides provide a visual representation of the summary format. For your meeting’s specific page maximum refer to the page count in the summary preparation.

Please make sure that the file contains no non-English font packages (for example, Japanese fonts, Korean fonts, Chinese fonts, etc.) in the body of the summary as well as in all figures and tables. Any characters in these fonts may not be viewable by reviewers. In the past, we have had particular trouble with MS-PGothic, MS-Gothic, and MS-Mincho.

If accepted for presentation, the summary will be included in the Technical Digest.


OCIS Codes

As part of the submission process, authors will be asked to indicate which of the several broad optics categories best characterizes their paper. A list of OCIS codes can be found here: