Optical Engineering (OE) is an online and print journal that publishes peer-reviewed articles reporting on research, development, and applications of optics and photonics. Read the full scope.
The journal publishes full-length research papers, letters, tutorials, and reviews. In addition to contributed research articles, OE often publishes special sections in key areas of technology. Special sections are assembled by guest editors. See the editorial schedule for a list of forthcoming special section topics and dates.
Guidelines for Authors
Authors should read the General Guidelines and Policies for Journal Authors for details about journal policies, manuscript preparation, submission, and publication in SPIE journals.
Letter: A short technical communication of significant interest intended for rapid publication in the OE Letters section of the journal. The manuscript length may not exceed four printed journal pages. This corresponds to approximately 4000 words (excluding title, abstract, and author information); figures will further reduce the maximum word content. A page length template can help determine final typeset page length. A page length estimator is available.
A Letters page length template (.doc) is available for your convenience. Please note that this template should not be used for layout and formatting of your manuscript. It should only be used to roughly determine the final length of a typeset paper. To use this template, copy and paste the text of your abstract, paper body, and references where shown, and do not change font or margins. Insert and size your figures and captions to determine if the paper will fit within the four-page limit. For manuscript formatting templates, please refer to the instructions in the General Guidelines for Authors.
Regular Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended as a regular contribution to the journal.
Special Section Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended for submission to a special topical section organized by a guest editor.
Review Paper: An article reviewing a particular topic or field. Review papers are typically invited papers written by a highly regarded expert in the field. Review articles summarize progress made in a particular research or development area during a specified period and summarize the current state of the art.
Tutorial: A tutorial is an introductory and systematic description of a technology or a research topic. Tutorials should be accessible to general readers of OE and may include homework problems.
Commentary: A commentary paper is a brief technical communication presenting a scientific analysis or assessment of a topic of general interest to the readers of Optical Engineering, including comments on recent papers.
Why publish in this journal?
Optical Engineering is the flagship journal of SPIE, published since 1962. OE aims to publish highly relevant and high-impact papers. OE is published online as part of the SPIE Digital Library, accessible by researchers at many of the world's leading universities, laboratories, and corporations as well as thousands of individual subscribers.
- Online-first publication of articles
- Professional copyediting and typesetting
- Free online color figures
- Rigorous peer review
- Multimedia integration
- 5 free downloads from the SPIE Digital Library for authors
- Open access publication at a low cost
- Abstracting and indexing in leading scientific databases, including Science Citation Index/Web of Science, Current Contents, Inspec, Scopus, Ei Compendex, and Chemical Abstracts.
- Eligibility for the Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize, awarded annually to the most noteworthy original paper published in OE.
Optical Engineering offers the option of open access publication: starting September 1, 2015, a flat rate fee of $960 for all standard articles and $660 for Letters will apply. SPIE open access fees are kept low in recognition of the fact that many authors have limited funding available to cover publication expenses. Open access papers are published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. Read more about our open access program. Your decision on whether to pay for open access has no impact on the review process or the timing of publication of the article.
There are no mandatory page charge fees. If you do not choose to pay for open access, your paper will be published under subscription access control with the standard SPIE transfer of copyright agreement. Read more about the rights and restrictions of these publication licenses.
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