First, with respect to the original guidelines, the Editorial Board will begin to take them more seriously. We will attend much more consistently to the proposition that an article longer than six pages may be better suited to a conventional journal, or at least may be more suitable for Optics Express if recast in a shorter form.
As the Table below shows, the time-to-publication record so far is very strongly in favor of our electronic procedures, but this is influenced by the fact that our reviewers and editors have been able to concentrate on a relatively small number of submissions. This will change as the optics community acquires a better understanding of the standards that the journal has set, and as we gradually ask a wider pool of reviewers to become familiar with our review procedures. This will be a challenge for the journal, and we are trying to prepare to meet it.
|Articles of 6 pages or shorter||28 days|
|Articles longer than 6 pages||37 days|
In closing, I would like to repeat the invitation expressed in my opening editorial. Optics Express intends to publish articles from all areas of optical science and technology. We request articles from all members of the optics community. We will continue to publish special Focus Issues devoted to specialized areas of optical interest, and Focus Issues devoted to Bose-Einstein condensates, coherent phenomena in semiconductors, signal collection and recovery, biomedical optics and quantum light states can be expected in the coming few months.
During our partly experimental run-in phase of operation to date, which continues, we have successfully demonstrated the ability to handle multi-media submissions of various types, and to do so with two professional reviews of every paper, without significant delays, and to provide continuing open archival access and electronic linking of published articles.