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The Optical Society (OSA) publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed articles in its portfolio of journals, which serve the full breadth of the optics and photonics community.

The Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A) is devoted to developments in any field of classical optics, image science, and vision. JOSA A includes original peer-reviewed papers on such topics as:

  • Atmospheric optics
  • Clinical vision
  • Coherence and Statistical Optics
  • Color
  • Diffraction and gratings
  • Image processing
  • Machine vision
  • Physiological optics
  • Polarization
  • Scattering
  • Signal processing
  • Thin films
  • Visual optics

JOSA A publishes research articles as well as tutorials, discussion papers, feature issue contributions, and comments on published articles.

Submission Information

Is my paper appropriate for Journal of the Optical Society of America A? Read about all OSA journals here.

Please see the Author Resource Center for instructions to prepare and submit a manuscript.

Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 2.129*
Total Citations: 15,128*
Cited Half-Life: 16.9 years*
Google Scholar h5-index: 36
Median Time to Web Publication: 110 days

*Source: 2021 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate, 2021).
2021 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

For more information on Journal metrics, click here.

Emerging Researcher Best-Paper Prize

The JOSA A Emerging Researcher Best-Paper prize, which was launched in 2018, recognizes one outstanding paper published by an emerging researcher each year.

Tracing its roots back more than a century through the original Journal of the Optical Society of America (JOSA), JOSA A has a rich heritage and stands as an authoritative archival journal. The editors are particularly pleased to see essential contributions from early-career researchers and expect that their JOSA A papers will form a solid foundation for their future work, as well as that of readers in the community.

The recipient is selected by a committee of JOSA A topical editors and previous prize winners. Criteria include significance, quality, and presentation. The prize includes a certificate of recognition, and the winning paper is made openly available at no charge. To be eligible, the first author of the paper must be a student or early-career researcher within five years of earning their highest degree.

Editorial Board

P. Scott Carney,
University of Rochester, USA

Feature Editor
Johannes Courtial,
University of Glasgow, UK

Topical Editors and Content Areas

Arti Agrawal
University of Technology Sydney, Australia
(Propagation and Scattering)

Antigone Marino
Italian National Research Council, Italy
(Polarization and Ellipsometry)

Amit Ashok
University of Arizona, USA
(Incoherent Image Processing)

Sérgio Nascimento
Minho University, Portugal
(Color Vision)

Svetlana Avramov-Zamurovic
US Naval Academy, USA
(Atmospheric and Underwater Optics)

Izabela Naydenova
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
(Gratings and Diffraction)

Yangjian Cai
Soochow University & Shandong Normal University, China
(Atmospheric Optics)

Jonathan Petruccelli
University at Albany, USA
(Geometrical Optics and Coherence)

Angela Dudley
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
(Structured Light and Singular Optics)

Alessandro Rizzi
Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
(Applied Color Science)

David Fischer
NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
(Fourier Optics and Coherence)

Anne Sentenac
Fresnel Institute, France
(Inverse Problems and Computed Imaging)

Felipe Guzman
Texas A&M University, USA
(Optical Systems and Precision Measurements)

John Schotland
Yale University, USA
(Mathematical Optics)

Jennifer Hunter
Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester, USA
(Visual and Physiological Optics)

Jinli Suo
Tsinghua University, China
(Image Processing and Machine Vision)

Irina Larina
Baylor College of Medicine, USA
(Biomedical Optics)

Minchen Wei
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
(Color Vision)


Editorial and Production E-mail Phone
Nicole Williams-Jones, Peer Review Coordinator jamss@osa.org 202-416-1969
Feature Proposals dmcdonold@osa.org
Scott Mullin, Managing Editor smullin@osa.org 202-416-1936
Reprints https://caesar.sheridan.com/osa/eoc
Page charges billing@osa.org

General Information
E-mail Phone
Copyright permission requests copyright@osa.org
Online Journal Technical Support elec@osa.org
Elizabeth Nolan, Chief Publishing Officer
Alison Taylor, Executive Editor
M. Scott Dineen, Senior Director, Publishing Production & Technology
Christopher Videll, Director, Production & Technology
Carmelita Washington, Peer Review Manager
Daphne Greenwood, Senior Director of Marketing & Sales, Publishing
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