In January 1984, The Optical Society (OSA) launched two new journals, Journal of the Optical Society of America A
(JOSA A) and Journal of the Optical Society of America B
(JOSA B), out of its flagship journal, JOSA. With the launch of JOSA A, the journal cover changed and it began to solicit material when appropriate, including feature issues and review articles. As William T. Rhodes described in his 1984 Optics News
article outlining the changes, the journal was to single out the area of image science and emphasize that “JOSA A remains the general journal of OSA for basic material”. Dr. Rhodes also outlined the need for the journal:
In a sense, the emphasis on image science—covering image acquisition, transmission, processing, and display—is consistent with a historical point of view in optics: that optics is concerned with what you see. But the philosophy behind the new emphasis goes beyond traditional reasons. Within and without the Optical Society there are a great many researchers concerned with image science in this broad sense, and yet they have not had a journal clearly identified as appropriate for their technical correspondence…One major objective in restructuring JOSA A is to provide a home for publications in this area.
Changes in the content and emphasis of the journal were encouraged by the Editor-in-Chief, Robert Terhune, through a new team of Topical Editors. The seven original Topical Editors were Steven Clifford, Anthony Devaney, Anil Jain, Walter Makous, Bahaa Saleh, James Wyant, and William Rhodes. The journal changed its procedures from having the Editor-in-Chief bearing the major responsibility for selecting reviewers and making manuscript decisions to having the Topical Editors do a majority of the work. The goal was to spread the load and involve more people in the effort.
As JOSA A celebrates its 30th anniversary across 2014, OSA will undertake many efforts to highlight this milestone, including a dedicated website (http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaab30anniv.cfm
) and promotional campaigns for both JOSA A and JOSA B. Additionally, the journal will publish minireviews (8–12 page review articles) across the year on topics relevant to the journal written by luminaries to highlight important research in optics. There will be further encouragement to submit Discussion Papers, a relatively new paper type for JOSA A, that provide a deep understanding of optics topics and furnish insights into current lines of research. Such papers will keep on affording didactical, experimental, and even philosophical observations to the readers.
I welcome your suggestions, questions and other comments intended to help ensure that JOSA A continues to be successful over the next thirty years.
Franco GoriEditor-in-Chief, JOSA AUniversità degli Studi Roma Tre