Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

OSA Remains Top Publisher of Optics Journals

WASHINGTON, June 29—The Optical Society (OSA) today announced its journals have again generated the most citations and largest number of articles of any publisher in the optics category of the 2011 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters JCR, 2011). In addition, OSA’s newest journal, Biomedical Optics Express, which launched in August 2010, debuted on the optics list with an Impact Factor of 2.333, the highest of any new optics journal this year.

OSA’s journal portfolio accounts for 41 percent of total citations received in 2011 and 35 percent of all articles published in the JCR optics category—more than any other publisher on the list. Of the top 25 journals ranked by Impact Factor, eight are part of OSA’s journal portfolio—three of which are in the top 10 (Optics Express, Optics Letters, and Journal of Lightwave Technology, co-published with IEEE).

“This year’s rankings not only show OSA’s continued commitment to excellence in journal publishing, but also the value that publishing with OSA provides to the author community,” said Elizabeth Nolan, OSA’s chief publishing officer. “OSA is proud to be the top publisher in optics. We are particularly pleased that Biomedical Optics Express did so well in its first year on the list —to receive an Impact Factor above 2, and to rank number 11 out of 77 in its first year, is a testament to the high-quality research Biomedical Optics Express has published since its launch two years ago.” Biomedical Optics Express also received an Immediacy Index of 0.863, ranked 3rd in the optics category.

OSA’s pioneering open access journal, Optics Express, is again ranked as the 12th largest publication indexed by JCR’s Science Citation Index. Also of note is the staying power of Applied Optics and the Journal of the Optical Society of America A– both have once again posted a cited half-life of more than 10 years for their published articles.

For more information on OSA’s journals visit OSA’s digital library, Optics InfoBase. More information on the annual JCR process is available on the Thomson Reuters website.

About OSA
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