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.

Optical Materials Express (OMEx), Optica Publishing Group's open access, rapid-review journal, primarily emphasizes advances in both conventional and novel optical materials, their properties, theory and modeling, synthesis and fabrication approaches for optics and photonics; how such materials contribute to novel optical behavior; and how they enable new or improved optical devices. The journal covers a full range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Artificially structured media, metasurfaces and metamaterials
  • Bio-materials, bio-inspired materials and bio-sensors
  • Computation and first-principle methods
  • Crystalline and dielectric optical materials
  • Doped and fiber optical materials
  • Epitaxial photonic materials
  • Fluorescent and luminescent materials
  • Glass and other amorphous materials
  • Laser materials and processing
  • Materials for integrated optics, optomechanics and quantum optics
  • Nanostructures and nanomaterials
  • Nonlinear, electro-optical and magneto-optical materials
  • Optical materials for photovoltaics and energy applications
  • Organics, polymers and soft matter, liquid crystals
  • Plasmonics and polaritonics
  • Self-assembly and templated assembly for photonic materials
  • Stimuli-responsive, reconfigurable and programmable optical materials
  • Thin films and flexible materials
  • Two-dimensional materials
  • Wide-bandgap optical materials

Optical Materials Express considers original research articles, feature issue contributions, invited reviews, and comments on published articles. The Journal also publishes occasional short (four-page maximum excluding references), timely opinion articles from experts and thought-leaders in the field on current or emerging topic areas that are generating significant interest.

Submission Information

Is my paper appropriate for Optical Materials Express? Read about all of our journals here.

Opinions will usually be invited, but authors may contact the Editor-in-Chief (omex@optica.org) to suggest a potential topic if they wish to submit such a paper.

Please see the Author Resource Center for instructions to prepare and submit a manuscript.


Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 2.8*

Journal Citation Indicator: 0.76*

Google Scholar h5-index: 50

Median Time to First Decision:30 days

Median Time to Publication: 71 days

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

2023 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

For more information on Journal metrics, click here.

Emerging Researcher Best-Paper Prize

The Optical Materials Express 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


Andrea Alù

City University of New York, USA

Deputy Editor

Alessandro Salandrino,

University of Kansas, USA

Feature Editor

Stavroula Foteinopoulou,

University of New Mexico, USA

Associate Editors

Jeffery Allen
US Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

Alan Bristow
West Virginia University, USA

Lin Chen
Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, China

Li Gao
Nanjing University of Posts & Telecommunications, China

Shekhar Guha
US Air Force Research Laboratory and University of Dayton, USA

Rai Kou
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Lan Li
Westlake University, China

Rajesh Menon
University of Utah, USA

Francesco Michelotti
Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy

Germano Montemezzani
University of Lorraine, France

Gururaj Naik
Rice University, USA

Guangxin Ni
Florida State University, USA

Victor Reshetnyak
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

Robert Simpson
University of Birmingham, UK

Ganapathi (Ganesh) Subramania
Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Kaikai Xu
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), China


Editorial and Production E-mail Phone
Keith Jackson, Peer Review Coordinator omex@optica.org 202-416-1414
Feature proposals dmcdonold@optica.org
Sarah Walker, Managing Editor swalker@optica.org 202-416-1482
Article processing charges billing@optica.org

General Information
Copyright permission requests copyright@optica.org
Online Journal Technical Support elec@optica.org
Elizabeth Nolan, Chief Publishing Officer
Alison Taylor, Executive Editor
M. Scott Dineen, Senior Director, Publishing, Production & Technology
Jennifer Mayfield, Deputy Senior Director, Electronic Publications
Timothy Fincham, Associate Director, Production and Technology
Dan McDonold, Editorial Director