\u003Cobject type="application/kenticocloud" data-type="item" data-rel="component" data-codename="n8795fbe8_713d_013c_b1f8_e3edac7b2d74"\u003E\u003C/object\u003E \u003Cp\u003EManuscripts must meet the high quality standards that have been established for Optica Publishing Group journals, reporting original, significant results of interest to the optics and photonics community. Single-anonymous review by external referees (where the reviewers know the identity of the authors, but the authors do not know the identity of the reviewers) is required for acceptance of all research articles, review papers, tutorials, discussion papers, comments and replies. All manuscripts are screened by Optica Publishing Group editors before they are sent out for external review. Editors may decline a manuscript without external review if they judge the manuscript to be clearly unsuitable for the journal (e.g. out of scope, fundamental flaws, duplicative, incremental, poor quality of English, excessively wordy). Note that a paper is considered "incremental" if it does not convincingly add new and important results to the field.\u003C/p\u003E \u003Cp\u003EResubmissions of previously rejected manuscripts require a cover letter with a detailed response to the referee and editor comments. If the new manuscript does not address the reviewer and editor comments, it may be rejected without peer review.\u003C/p\u003E \u003Col\u003E \u003Cli\u003EOptica Publishing Group's policy is to obtain two reviews per paper; however, papers first undergo an initial quality/relevance assessment by the editor upon receipt. At this stage, submissions are also screened for plagiarism using \u003Ca href="https://www.crossref.org/services/similarity-check/"\u003ESimilarity Check\u003C/a\u003E.\u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EEditor selects a topical/associate editor overseeing the appropriate technical subfield of your manuscript, who then sends your manuscript to anonymous reviewers. \u003Cul\u003E \u003Cli\u003EWhen submitting to an Optica Publishing Group journal, you will be instructed to suggest three potential suitable reviewers.\u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EEditor selects reviewers who are experts in the field of your manuscript.\u003C/li\u003E \u003C/ul\u003E \u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EReviewers are allowed time to complete their review and submit comments to the editor.\u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EReviewers provide comments aimed to help create a better manuscript. Reviewers will recommend that: \u003Cul\u003E \u003Cli\u003EThe manuscript is acceptable for publication.\u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EThe manuscript requires further revisions.\u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EThe manuscript is not acceptable for publication.\u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EThe manuscript is more appropriate for another journal.\u003C/li\u003E \u003C/ul\u003E \u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EEditor makes a publication decision based on the reviews and sends out a decision letter.\u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EIf your manuscript needs modifications: \u003Cul\u003E \u003Cli\u003EYou may resubmit after revisions have been made (use a response letter to explain each change, point by point).\u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EEditor decides whether to accept revised manuscript or refer it back to reviewers for further comment.\u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EEditor makes final decision.\u003C/li\u003E \u003C/ul\u003E \u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EIf your manuscript is rejected: \u003Cul\u003E \u003Cli\u003EBefore submitting elsewhere, act on the reviewers' reports as this will lead to a better paper.\u003C/li\u003E \u003Cli\u003EOptica Publishing Group editors filter submissions and strongly discourage resubmitting rejected manuscripts to other Optica Publishing Group journals, except by invitation from the editors.\u003C/li\u003E \u003C/ul\u003E \u003C/li\u003E \u003C/ol\u003E \u003Cp\u003EOnce accepted, a manuscript will begin the production process. An overview of the production process can be found by clicking \u003Ca href="https://opg.optica.org/submit/review/production-process-step-by-step.pdf"\u003Ehere\u003C/a\u003E.\u003C/p\u003E