Optica Publishing Group publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed articles in its portfolio of journals, which serve the full breadth of the optics and photonics community.

The Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A) is devoted to developments in any field of classical optics, image science, and vision. JOSA A includes original peer-reviewed papers on such topics as:

  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics
  • Biomedical Optics and Imaging
  • Coherence and Statistical Optics
  • Color, Spectroscopy, and Spectral Imaging
  • Computational Sensing and Imaging
  • Diffraction and Gratings
  • Geometrical Optics
  • Holography
  • Image Processing and Image Analysis
  • Imaging Systems
  • Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology
  • Machine Vision
  • Materials and Multiphysics
  • Numerical Methods and Simulation
  • Optics of the Eye
  • Physical Optics
  • Polarization and Ellipsometry
  • Scattering and Propagation
  • Vision, Color Vision, and Psychophysics

JOSA A publishes research articles as well as tutorials, discussion papers, feature issue contributions, and comments on published articles. The Journal also publishes occasional retrospectives that present a historical overview of an area in optics, or an interdisciplinary area in which optical concepts are heavily employed.

Submission Information

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Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 1.9*

Total Citations: 14,447*

Cited Half-Life: 17.6 years*

Journal Citation Indicator: 0.65*

Google Scholar h5-index: 35

Median Time to First Decision: 38 days

Median Time to Web Publication: 104 days

*Source: 2023 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate, 2022).

2023 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

For more information on Journal metrics, click here.

Emerging Researcher Best-Paper Prize

The JOSA A Emerging Researcher Best-Paper Prize recognizes one outstanding paper published by an emerging researcher each year. Learn more and view all Prize winners.

Editorial Board

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Olga Korotkova,

University of Miami, USA

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Deputy Editor

Markus Testorf,

Dartmouth College, USA

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Feature Editor

Svetlana Avramov-Zamurovic,

US Naval Academy, USA

Topical Editors and Content Areas
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Arti Agrawal

University of Technology Sydney, Australia
(Propagation and Scattering)

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Yalçin Ata

OSTIM Technical University, Turkey
(Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics)

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Yangjian Cai

Shandong Normal University, China
(Atmospheric Optics)

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Angela Dudley

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
(Structured Light and Singular Optics)

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Felipe Guzman

University of Arizona
(Optical Systems and Precision Measurements)

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Irina Larina

Baylor College of Medicine, USA
(Biomedical Optics)

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Michela Lecca

Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
(Color Vision)

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Suzanne Martin

Centre for Industrial and Engineering Optics, TU Dublin, Ireland
(Diffraction, Gratings and Holographic Methods)

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Mircea Mujat

Physical Sciences, Inc, USA
(Eye Optics)

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Jonathan Petruccelli

University at Albany, USA
(Geometrical Optics and Coherence)

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John Schotland

Yale University, USA
(Mathematical Optics)

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Zhimin Shi

Reality Labs Research, Meta, USA

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Jinli Suo

Tsinghua University, China
(Image Processing and Machine Vision)

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Malgorzata Szczerska

Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland

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Minchen Wei

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
(Color Vision)

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Renjie Zhou

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
(Light Microscopy and Digital Holography)


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