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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.

Specific topics of interest include the following:

  • Architecture and design of optical networks
  • Flexgrid, elastic networks, multi-band and multi-fiber networks
  • Multi-layer or multi-domain networks including higher layers such as IP and transport protocols, or including applications such as 5G/6G
  • Network control & management related innovation including software-defined optical networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), monitoring and analytics, intent-based networks.
  • Network sensing technology and architectures
  • Optical access networks including passive optical networks (PON), free-space, optical wireless communication
  • Short-range optical networks within buildings, including offices, factories and homes
  • Short-reach optical networks on and between servers, boards or chips.
  • Space optical networks including inter-satellite and satellite-ground
  • Quantum optical networks and associated technology
  • Optical network survivability and security
  • Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in optical networks
  • Data center networks for Cloud and Edge Computing
  • Network convergence, including access, metro, 5G/6G mobile and distributed edge computing
  • Optical networks applied to distributed computing architectures, including for high-performance computing (HPC) and AI clusters
  • Disaggregated networks including optical technologies
  • Neuromorphic and photonic reservoir computing using optical networks

Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 4.508*
Journal Citation Indicator: 1.34*
Google Scholar h5-index: 49
Median Time to First Decision: 41 days
Median Time to Publication: 122 days

*Source: 2022 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate, 2022).
2022 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

Editorial Board

Andrew Lord, BT, UK
Deputy Editor
Laurent Schares, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA
Associate Editors
Anjali Agarwal, LGS Innovations, USA
Alejandra L Beghelli, UCL, UK
Martin Birk, AT&T, USA
Steinar Bjørnstad, Tampnet, Norway
Konstantinos Christodoulopoulos, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany
Marija Furdek, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
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
JOCN Steering Committee
Patrick Iannone, Chair, Nokia Bell Labs, USA
Mark Allen, Optica Representative, Ciena, USA
Rich Jensen, Optica Representative, Huber+Suhner Polatis, USA
Ton Koonen, IEEE Photonics Society Representative, Netherlands
Loukas Paraschis, IEEE Communications Society Representative, Alphawave Semi, USA
Ann Von Lehmen, IEEE Communications Society Representative, National Science Foundation, USA
Sheryl L. Woodward, IEEE Photonics Society Representative, USA


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.