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26 July 2021 – 30 July 2021 OSA Virtual Event - Eastern Daylight/Summer Time (UTC - 04:00)
13 June 2021

This OSA Meeting will be presented in a virtual, web-conference format using a program schedule based on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT, UTC-04:00). The meeting has been extended by one day.

Participants have the option of viewing sessions live or streaming recorded sessions on demand. Speakers can present live during a session or submit a pre-recorded video. [Learn more]


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Postdeadline Abstract and Summary Submission Deadline :
30 June 2021 12:00 EDT (UTC - 4:00)

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The Benefits of Presenting at an OSA Meeting

As a presenter, you’ll participate in a strong technical program that includes other distinguished experts. Your audience will be comprised of colleagues, industry leaders and potential collaborators.

You’ll know (as will they) that your work has been rigorously peer-reviewed by a committee of experts to ensure high-quality presentations on emerging topics.

Accepted papers are indexed in Ei Compendex and Scopus and published in OSA Publishing’s Digital Library, the world’s largest peer-reviewed collection of optics and photonics information. Full-text search and key metadata tags for conference papers are available to Google to facilitate results in its search engine and Google Scholar.


Student Recognitions

All students benefit from presenting their research at an OSA Meeting – providing you the opportunity to get your work and your name in front of an international, esteemed audience. As you prepare to make your first career decision, building professional relationships and showcasing recognitions are key differentiators for success.

Student Paper Prize

In 2020, OSA introduced a new Student Paper prize for almost every topical meeting. To apply for a Student Paper Prize, visit the “Submit a Paper” tab for the topical meeting to which you are submitting.    During the paper submission process, you must opt in to be considered for the Student Paper Prize.

The committee for each topical meeting will select 3-4 finalists per topicals from the list of individuals who have opted in for the award.  Student Paper Prize finalists will be indicated in the program book and in the mobile app.  An Award Committee will attend the presentations of each of the finalists onsite and one Student Paper Prize winner per topical will be selected to receive a free registration toward a future 2021 or 2022 OSA topical meeting.  Winners will be announced at the Congress or topical meeting closing session.  Funding for the Student Paper Prize is supplied by OSA Meetings. 


35-word Abstract: Your abstract should be a brief summary of your paper topic. If your paper is accepted, your 35-word abstract will be included in the Conference Program. Note that the same abstract should be included in the 2-page summary as highlighted in the style guide.

2-page Summary: All contributed authors are required to submit a final summary of their work for publication in the Technical Digest, via OSA Publishing's Digital Library . Style guides are provided in a variety of different formats to support authors’ needs. All PDF submissions MUST contain the following items in order to be published:

  1. Complete title
  2. Complete listing of all authors and their affiliations
  3. Self-contained abstract, limited to 35-words (indexers such as Google Scholar will not index papers that do not contain abstracts)
  4. Appropriate copyright statement following the abstract. By default, the copyright statement will appear as 2021 The Author(s). If needed, the default statement can be suppressed by use of the {abstract*} environment.
  5. Permission and attribution for any trademarked or copyright images. Note that images of people or images owned or trademarked by other entities (including, for example, well-known logos or cartoon characters) will also require official written permission.

Style Guide

Style guides are provided in a variety of different formats to support authors’ needs. Style guides are the same for all OSA managed meetings. Be sure to confirm page count and paper size requirements for the meeting to which you are submitting.

Please make sure that your paper does not contain non-English font packages (for example, Japanese, Korean or Chinese fonts, etc.) in the body of your paper summary, as well as in all figures and tables. Characters in these fonts cannot be seen by reviewers. In the past, we have had particular trouble with MS-PGothic, MS-Gothic and MS-Mincho.

If you have any questions regarding the paper preparation process, please contact OSA Technical Papers staff at