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Journal of Optical Communications and Networking (JOCN) is a joint publishing effort of Optica Publishing Group and IEEE.

See the JOCN Author Page for information about manuscript submissions and length restrictions.


The scope of the Journal includes advances in the state-of-the-art of optical networking science, technology, and engineering. Both theoretical contributions (including new techniques, concepts, analyses, and economic studies) and practical contributions (including optical networking experiments, prototypes, and new applications) are encouraged. Subareas of interest include the architecture and design of optical networks, optical network survivability and security, software-defined optical networking, elastic optical networks, data and control plane advances, network management related innovation, and optical access networks. Enabling technologies and their applications are suitable topics only if the results are shown to directly impact optical networking beyond simple point-to-point networks.

Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 3.984*
Google Scholar h5-index: 43
Median Time to Publication: 112 days

*Source: 2021 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate, 2021).
2021 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

Editorial Board

Andrew Lord
Deputy Editor
Laurent Schares, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA
Associate Editors
Anjali Agarwal, LGS Innovations, USA
Martin Birk, AT&T, USA
Steinar Bjørnstad, Tampnet, Norway
Konstantinos Christodoulopoulos, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany
Ivan Djordjevic, University of Arizona, USA
Marija Furdek, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Antonio García-Zambrana, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
Hiroshi Hasegawa, Nagoya University, Japan
Jun-ichi Kani, NTT, Japan
Vincent Houtsma, Nokia, USA
Thomas Little, Boston University, USA
Derek Nesset, Huawei Technologies, Germany
Francesco Paolucci, CNIT, Italy
Yvan Pointurier, Huawei Technologies, France
Cristina Rottondi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Marco Ruffini, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
Nina Skorin-Kapov, San Javier Air Force Base, Spain
Michela Svaluto Moreolo, CTTC, Spain
Jim Zou, ADVA, Germany


Peer Review E-mail Phone
Keith Jackson, Journal Coordinator kjacks@optica.org 202-416-1414
General peer review questions jocn@optica.org
JOCN Fax Number 202-416-6129
Feature proposals dmcdonold@optica.org
Editorial Production E-mail Phone
Tim Fincham, Director, Production & Technology tfinch@optica.org 202-416-1931
Copyright Permission Requests copyright@optica.org
Online Journal Technical Support E-mail: elec@optica.org
General Information
Elizabeth Nolan, Chief Publishing Officer
Kelly Cohen, Sr. Publisher
M. Scott Dineen, Senior Director, Publishing, Production & Technology
Jennifer Mayfield, Deputy Senior Director, Electronic Publications
Dan McDonold, Editorial Director
Daphne Greenwood, Senior Director of Marketing & Sales, Publishing

About JON

The Journal of Optical Networking (JON) was published monthly by Optica Publishing Group from January 2002 to May 2009 (eISSN: 1536-5379). JON Archives are available online.