Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

The Optical Society Partners with the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics to Launch New Journal: Photonics Research

Open-access journal to include broad range of original research and review articles on optics and photonics

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2012—The Optical Society (OSA) announced today that it will launch a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal in partnership with the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM) and Chinese Laser Press (CLP).  The journal, titled Photonics Research, is a joint publication of SIOM and OSA and is scheduled to publish its first issue in June 2013.

Photonics Research will primarily publish original research papers along with review articles. Topics will cover a broad range of optics and photonics areas—from basic to applied research.  The journal, which will be led by editor-in-chief Professor Zhiping Zhou of Peking University in China and an international editorial board, will follow a cascading peer review system—a first for OSA journals—which will benefit authors who may have submitted to another OSA journal but whose paper or topic area are more suited for this new journal.

“I am honored to be named the editor-in-chief of this new joint venture between SIOM and OSA,” said Zhou. “Photonics Research provides a much-needed opportunity for the Chinese optical community to gain global exposure for their innovative research in a high-quality international journal.  It also functions as a bridge to link Chinese researchers with the rest of the world, and, conversely, to advance the presence of OSA in China.”  

Many features of the new joint journal will mirror those of OSA’s core titles and the CLP publication Chinese Optics Letters.  The journal will be open access online, with a subscription-based print edition available in China.  Published in English, it will have a bi-monthly frequency and will be highly selective.  Authors will benefit from timely publication with professional composition. Articles will be accessible online via OSA’s Optics InfoBase, featuring the new enhanced HTML format plus article usage metrics, and on CLP’s platform.

“OSA is proud to provide a global platform for international optics and photonics research while simultaneously offering new options for authors of OSA journal papers,” said Elizabeth Nolan, OSA’s chief publishing officer. “By expanding our portfolio to include this exclusive collaboration with SIOM and CLP, we open the door to further engagement with China’s scientific community and expand the high-quality content of OSA’s already successful journal collection. This partnership adds clear value to optics and photonics researchers around the world.”

Paper submissions for Photonics Research will be accepted beginning in late December.  The editorial board will invite and select from high-quality papers from a variety of optics and photonics research teams around the world.

About OSA

Uniting more than 180,000 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

About SIOM

Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was established in 1964. It is the earliest and the largest institute specializing in laser science and technology in China. It has become a comprehensive institute aiming at exploring significant basic and applied frontiers in modern optics, developing large-scale laser engineering technologies and exploiting laser and optoelectronic hi-tech applications. The major research fields at SIOM include high-power laser technology, high-field laser physics, high-intensity optics, information optics, quantum optics, laser and optoelectronic devices, optical materials, etc. There are more than 800 employees at SIOM. More than 500 employees are professional and technical personnel including more than 200 senior researchers. For more information, visit

About CLP

Chinese Laser Press (CLP), was established by SIOM and the Chinese Optical Society in December 2009. CLP publishes six journals, three of which are published in English i.e. Chinese Optics Letters, High Power Laser Science and Engineering, Photonics Research, and a magazine, OE Product and News. Except for running the most popular website in the Chinese optical field,, CLP promotes the development of optics in institutes and industry by journal publishing, conferences, training classes, and other activities.