2. Article Types

Methods Papers

Methodologies, Methods, and Techniques

There are a few types of articles that emphasize methods, methodologies, and techniques rather than original research results.

Methods Papers

  • Methods papers present a new experimental method, test or procedure.
  • They may be completely new but could also offer an improved version of an existing method, test, or procedure.
  • They should describe a demonstrable advance beyond what is currently known or available.

Engineering & Laboratory Notes

  • These are concise articles that share useful laboratory techniques and practical engineering approaches in a given field.
  • Engineering & Laboratory Notes are exclusive to Applied Optics.