OPN’s Year in Optics

The submission period for OPN’s Optics in 2019 special issue has ended. Submissions for the Optics in 2020 issue will be received beginning in April 2020.

Each year, the December issue of Optics & Photonics News—the monthly magazine of The Optical Society—highlights the most exciting optics research to emerge in the preceding 12 months.

We encourage anyone who has recently conducted notable peer-reviewed research to send us a brief summary of their work to be considered for publication in the issue.

The process

Summaries are judged by a team of 5-6 OSA members in September of each year, and final selections are made by the guest editor of the special issue. Authors will be informed of whether their work has been accepted by early October. Over the following weeks, the editorial team at Optics & Photonics News will work closely with the authors of accepted papers to prepare their articles for final publication.

The deadline for submissions is 31 August, 23:59 Eastern U.S. time.


Submissions are judged on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Summaries should be no more than 500 words in length, including title, figure captions and references. Longer summaries may be disqualified.

  • Summaries may not contain more than five references.

  • Summaries should include only one high-resolution figure or image (jpeg, eps or tiff).

  • Additional multimedia files (videos or animations) are encouraged but not required.

  • To appear in the Year in Optics issue for the current calendar year, the accomplishments described must have been published in a peer-reviewed journal sometime after July of the previous calendar year.

  • Highlighted research should be described in a clear, concise manner that is readily accessible to the at-large optics community.

  • The author or authors should describe the topical area as a whole and then discuss the importance of their work in that context.

  • Summaries should represent the best work in a given optics subfield. Thus, we discourage multiple submissions from the same individual or group.

  • Since we try to recognize all subfields, we may not accept multiple submissions from one research group in a single, concentrated area of focus. OPN strives to ensure that engineering, basic science and technology are all well represented.

Cover art

We welcome cover art submissions. We are looking for high-impact images that highlight an aspect of optics. All images should be high resolution (at least 2,500 x 3,300 pixels at 72 dpi or 8.5" x 11" at 300 dpi.

More information

If you have additional questions about the Year in Optics special issue, please contact the Optics & Photonics News editorial team at opn@osa.org.