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 engineered optical structures
  • Biomaterials
  • Optical detector materials
  • Optical storage media
  • Materials for integrated optics
  • Nonlinear optical materials
  • Laser materials
  • Metamaterials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Organics and polymers
  • Soft materials
  • IR materials
  • Materials for fiber optics
  • Hybrid technologies
  • Materials for quantum photonics

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

Submission Information

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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: 3.442*
Google Scholar h5-index: 47
Median Time to Publication: 66 days

*Source: 2021 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate, 2021).
2021 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
Alan Bristow, West Virginia University, USA
Lin Chen, Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, China
Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Stavroula Foteinopoulou, University of New Mexico, USA
Stephen Foulger, Clemson University, USA
Shekhar Guha, US Air Force Research Laboratory and University of Dayton, USA
Sunao Kurimura, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Christos Markos, DTU Fotonik, Denmark
Rajesh Menon, University of Utah, USA
Germano Montemezzani, University of Lorraine, France
Gururaj Naik, Rice University, USA
Nicolae Panoiu, UCL, UK
John Prineas, University of Iowa, USA
Xing Sheng, Tsinghua University, China
Robert Simpson, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Victor Ya. Zyryanov, Kirensky Institute of Physics, Russia


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