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.

Optics Continuum (formerly OSA Continuum) is an inclusive, rapid-publication, Open Access journal, welcoming contributions from the broad optics and photonics community. Optics Continuum publishes research articles meeting Optica Publishing Group's high standards for technical accuracy, scientific rigor, and presentation quality without judgment of impact or significance.

Optics Continuum publishes original research articles, negative results, reproducibility studies, comments and replies. A unique feature of Optics Continuum is the opportunity for authors and reviewers to agree to publish the peer review correspondence (decision letters, reviewer comments, and author response to reviews) associated with an article. This transparent peer review option is a first for Optica Publishing Group. See OSA Continuum 1, 261 (2018) for an example of transparent peer review.

Authors pay Article Processing Charges (APCs) to publish in Optics Continuum. APC discounts or waivers are available to corresponding authors from qualifying low- and middle-income countries.

Questions about Optics Continuum can be directed to the editorial staff at optcon@optica.org

Transfers to Optics Continuum

Authors have the option to easily transfer manuscripts and peer review details from other Optica Publishing Group journals to Optics Continuum. The transfer option is available to the author for three weeks following certain decisions in another Optica Publishing Group journal. Transfers can be completed with or without revisions based on reviews of the original submission, although revisions are encouraged in order to expedite the next decision. When authors have already received useful peer review comments the Optics Continuum editors often prefer to see a revised manuscript before taking action. The new Optica Publishing Group Universal Template for manuscript preparation will help authors facilitate the transfer process by eliminating the need to reformat the paper. The transparent peer review option mentioned above is applicable to manuscripts that authors transfer from another Optica Publishing Group journal before peer review.

Submission Instructions

Submissions should be prepared using the Optica Publishing Group universal manuscript templates for Word files and LaTeX. Optica Publishing Group's Author Style Guide provides additional formatting instructions.

All submissions must be made using the Prism article tracking system. The following information is required during the submission process: email addresses for all co-authors, supplementary material-if applicable, funding agency name(s) and grant number(s).

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Note: Authors who do not have an Optica Publishing Group account will be able to create one before beginning the submission process. Please do not create a new account if you have previous Optica Publishing Group activity.

Key Journal Metrics

The Journal will receive its first Impact Factor in the 2023 release of Clarivate's Journal Citation ReportsTM. Articles are already indexed and discoverable on the Web of Science platform via the Emerging Sources Citation Index, but now authors can be assured that their work will be eligible for consideration in research assessment activities. See the announcement from Clarivate.

Impact Factor: 1.6*

Journal Citation Indicator: 0.55*

Google Scholar h5-index: 26

Median Time to First Decision: 32 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.

Editorial Board


Judith Dawes

Macquarie University, Australia

Deputy Editor

Gualtiero Nunzi Conti

Ist di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara, Italy

Associate Editors

Adonis Bogris

University of West Attica, Greece

Zsuzsanna Heiner

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin), Germany

Xiaolong Hu

Tianjin University, China

Mojca Jazbinsek

Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Antonio Jurado-Navas

University of Málaga, Spain

Yuichi Kozawa

Tohoku University, Japan

Ho Wai (Howard) Lee

University of California, Irvine, USA

Kwang-Sup Lee

Hannam University, South Korea

Guangyuan (Clark) Li

Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China

Yu-Jung Lu

Academia Sinica and National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Yukitoshi Otani

Utsunomiya University, Japan

Jae-Hyeung Park

Seoul National University, South Korea

Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan

Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan

Jacquiline Romero

University of Queensland, Australia

Anna Lena Schall-Giesecke

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Zouheir Sekkat

Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco

Ghanshyam Singh

Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur, India

Ching-Cherng Sun

National Central University, Taiwan

Yuzuru Takashima

University of Arizona, USA

Caterina Vozzi

Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie—Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-IFN), Italy

You Yang

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China


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Nicole Williams-Jones, Peer Review Coordinator optcon@optica.org 202-416-1969
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