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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.

Optical Materials Express (OMEx), OSA's open-access, rapid-review journal, primarily emphasizes advances in both conventional and novel optical materials, their properties, theory and modeling, synthesis and fabrication approaches for optics and photonics; how such materials contribute to novel optical behavior; and how they enable new or improved optical devices. The journal covers a full range of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Artificially engineered optical structures
  • Biomaterials
  • Optical detector materials
  • Optical storage media
  • Materials for integrated optics
  • Nonlinear optical materials
  • Laser materials
  • Metamaterials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Organics and polymers
  • Soft materials
  • IR materials
  • Materials for fiber optics
  • Hybrid technologies
  • Materials for quantum photonics

Optical Materials Express considers original research articles, feature issue contributions, invited reviews, and comments on published articles. The Journal also publishes occasional short, timely opinion articles from experts and thought-leaders in the field on current or emerging topic areas that are generating significant interest.

Submission Information

Is my paper appropriate for Optical Materials Express? Read about all OSA journals here.

Opinions will usually be invited, but authors may contact the Editor-in-Chief (omex@osa.org) to suggest a potential topic if they wish to submit such a paper.

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


Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 2.673*
5-Year Impact Factor: 2.688*
Google Scholar h5-index: 41
Median Time to Publication: 68 days

*According to Optics category rankings in the 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)
July 2019 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

For more information on Journal metrics, click here.

Emerging Researcher Best-Paper Prize

The OMEx Emerging Researcher Best-Paper prize recognizes one outstanding paper published by an emerging researcher each year.

OMEx is a relatively young journal. It attracts submissions from a wide range of optical as well as materials scientists, at all stages of their careers. As an emerging forum for interdisciplinary research in current and emerging topics, the editors want to particularly recognize the work of emerging researchers who publish in OMEx.

The recipient is selected by a committee of OMEx associate editors representing a range of topics across the scope of the Journal. Criteria include significance, quality, and presentation. The prize consists of a certificate and waiver of a future publication fee in OMEx. To be eligible, the first author of the paper must be a student or early-career researcher within five years of earning his/her highest degree.

Editorial Board

Alexandra Boltasseva,
Purdue University, USA

Deputy Editor
Juejun Hu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Associate Editors
Ivan Biaggio, Lehigh University, USA
Alan Bristow, West Virginia University, USA
Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Maria Farsari, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Greece
Stavroula Foteinopoulou, University of New Mexico, USA
Stephen Foulger, Clemson University, USA
Newton Frateschi, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
Sunao Kurimura, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Joris Lousteau, University of Southampton, UK
Christos Markos, DTU Fotonik, Denmark
Nicolae Panoiu, UCL, UK
Jong Hyeok Park, Yonsei University, S. Korea
John Prineas, University of Iowa, USA
Alessandro Salandrino, University of Kansas, USA
Kenneth Schepler, CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, University of Central Florida, USA
Xing Sheng, Tsinghua University, China
Robert Simpson, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
Philippe Smet, University of Ghent, Belgium
Fabien Sorin, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), France
Victor Ya. Zyryanov, Kirensky Institute of Physics, Russia


Editorial and Production E-mail Phone
Keith Jackson, Peer Review Coordinator omex@osa.org 202-416-1414
Feature proposals dmcdonold@osa.org
Sarah Walker, Managing Editor swalker@osa.org 202-416-1482
Article processing charges billing@osa.org

General Information
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
Jennifer Mayfield, Deputy Senior Director, Electronic Publications
Timothy Fincham, Associate Director, Production and Technology
Dan McDonold, Editorial Director
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