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Permission to Reproduce Material from OSA Journals in Other Venues

For OSA to consider a copyright permission request we require in writing by e-mail:

  • a complete citation of the item to be reproduced, including figure numbers, etc.,
  • a clear explanation of the intended use of the item, and
  • the requestor's complete contact information.

Please direct further questions regarding copyright to copyright@osa.org.

Permission to Reproduce Previously Published Material in a New Submission to an OSA Journal

When preparing a manuscript for submission to any of OSA's journals, if any figures or other material (including text or tables) has been previously published, it is important that authors request permission from the copyright holder, usually the publisher, and add the required permission line to the caption exactly as specified by the copyright owner. Use of images or other material under an open license, including "free" images found on the Internet, often still requires attribution. Please check the source for applicable terms for reuse. Note that images of people or images owned or trademarked by other entities (including well-known logos or cartoon characters for example) will also require official written permission for publication in OSA journals. Copies of all permission grants should be forwarded to the journal.

Reprint Orders

Authors of articles in Applied Optics, Advances in Optics and Photonics, JOSA A, JOSA B, Optica, Optics Letters, and OPN may purchase reprints any time after the page proofs are completed. All reprint orders for OSA journals should be submitted directly to Sheridan Press using the Sheridan Electronic Order Center, https://caesar.sheridan.com/osa/eoc. The corresponding author can access the Sheridan site from the OSA publications payment system. Reprint orders may be submitted prior to publication or any time after publication. OSA staff will not have status information for reprint orders that are pending.

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