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Applied Optics


  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: ED7–ED7
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The Tenor of Applied Optics

Joseph N. Mait  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 19, pp. ED7-ED7 (2013)

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Tenor (noun)—(1) course of thought or meaning that runs through something written or spoken; (2) continuous course, progress, or movement.

The title of this editorial conveys best my plans for Applied Optics after shepherding the journal through its review and its golden anniversary. My plans are an evolution, a slight change, and a clarification of what Applied Optics has done so well for 50 years. My plans are not a rebranding or an alteration in the journal’s identity. Tenor connotes the essence of a message. Tenor indicates continuity yet, at the same time, progression.

In OSA’s new article tracking systems, Prism, this statement appears prior to manuscript submission when authors select to submit their work to Applied Optics for review. Hopefully, this will cause authors to consider if their work is well suited to Applied Optics prior to submission and review.

The journal will continue to use special issues to ensure its content is vibrant and relevant. I have encouraged my editors to be on the lookout for developing areas searching for a technical home. However, anyone can propose a special issue. With a proposal justifying the special issue and a copy of the call for papers, I can request approval for the topic from OSA’s Board of Editors. Please contact me with your ideas.

My hope is that highlighting and being faithful to the tenor of Applied Optics will reaffirm the journal’s role in maturing optical science into optical technology and into optical engineering.

Joseph N. Mait

June 2013

OCIS Codes
(000.5360) General : Physics literature and publications
(000.4895) General : OSA history

Original Manuscript: June 5, 2013
Published: June 28, 2013

Joseph N. Mait, "The Tenor of Applied Optics," Appl. Opt. 52, ED7-ED7 (2013)

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