Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

The Optical Society Launches Language-Editing and Article-Level Metrics Services for Journal Authors

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 - The Optical Society (OSA) today announced the launch of two new services for authors submitting to or publishing papers in any of OSA's 15 peer-reviewed journals. A new language-editing service aims to help authors better polish the language in their articles before submitting them for peer-review, and Article-Level Metrics can now be tracked with every published article in OSA's digital library Optics InfoBase. These services are the latest in a series of enhancements OSA has created for its research community, including the ability to create custom journals and alerts, to take advantage of expanded search options in Optics InfoBase, and to view HTML article versions via their mobile devices.

"OSA is a global organization that continually strives to provide the optics and photonics community with the highest quality peer-reviewed research journals and author support services," said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. "Cutting-edge research is taking place in every corner of the world and these two new programs allow our authors to better share their work with a wider audience regardless of language differences, and see firsthand how widespread their research is being disseminated."

Language-Editing Service

Of the thousands of papers published by OSA each year, 78 percent of these papers originate from authors outside the United States. Through the new language editing service, authors will have the option to have native English speakers, certified to edit optics and photonics content, edit their articles prior to journal submission.  Editing options range from basic spelling, grammar and sentence structure editing, to a premium service including language tips, multiple-round editing, and cover letter writing.

Article-Level Metrics

The Article-Level Metrics service has been added to the user tools section of Optics InfoBase. The feature allows researchers to track abstract views and article downloads of OSA-published papers. Downloads are tracked using the previous month's activity via the industry COUNTER standard, and statistics are shown for a rolling 13-month activity period. This feature is designed to allow authors to better review and understand how their work is being received by their peers. A sample of a paper with Article-Level Metrics is available on Optics InfoBase (click on the "Metrics" tab).

About OSA

Uniting more than 130,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916, OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit


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