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The Optical Society launches new gold open-access journal, OSA Continuum

Inaugural issue includes example of transparent peer review option

The Optical Society

WASHINGTON, 12 September 2018--The Optical Society (OSA) today published the first issue of its newest peer-reviewed, Gold Open-Access journal, OSA Continuum.

OSA Continuum joins OSA's diverse portfolio of 17 peer-reviewed journals and provides a home for work that meets OSA's high standards for technical accuracy, scientific rigor and presentation quality, without judgment of novelty or impact. Editor-in-Chief Takashige Omatsu of Chiba University in Japan leads the editorial board, comprised of outstanding researchers from around the world who are active in their field.

"Many researchers in the optics and photonics community have a desire to publish in OSA's journals, but they have experienced difficulties at times given the requirement for novelty and impact," said Omatsu. "OSA Continuum helps solve this challenge because it will give exposure to high quality research across the continuum of the discovery process that can provide inspiration for the community."

As part of its editorial mission, OSA Continuum offers the ability to publish negative results and reproducibility studies as well as a transparent peer review option--all firsts for OSA. Authors and reviewers who are interested in the transparent peer review option must all agree to publish their peer review correspondence along with the final article. The peer review correspondence includes editorial decision letters with reviewer comments and author responses. Reviewer names will remain anonymous. The first issue of OSA Continuum provides an example of the transparent peer review option [see OSA Continuum 1 261 (2018)].

The premier issue OSA Continuum covers topics such as digital holography, surface plasmon waves, penhole lens imaging, scattering, and metamaterials. The following papers represent some of the research highlights from this issue and can be accessed online in the OSA Publishing platform.

  • Helen L. Butcher, et al., "Ultrafast laser-inscribed mid-infrared evanescent field directional couplers in GeAsSe chalcogenide glass." Researchers in the United Kingdom report on the fabrication and testing of a ~8 μm directional coupler and demonstrate experimentally the ability to achieve any coupling ratio between the two output ports.

  • Sushanta Kumar Pal and P. Senthilkumaran, "Phase engineering methods in polarization singularity lattice generation." Authors at the Indian Institute of Technology theoretically and experimentally demonstrate the generation of polarization singularity lattice with six-beam interference.

  • D. J. Reed, et al., "Low-drift Zeeman shifted atomic frequency reference." A collaboration from the United Kingdom, Denmark and Brazil present a method to produce a widely tunable low-drift frequency reference based on the Zeeman effect on Rb vapor.


About The Optical Society

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit


Bill Schulz
The Optical Society

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