Welcome to Volume 10 of Optics Express. With this volume, we are introducing a number of changes in the journal, both apparent and not-so apparent. One change that will be easy to see is the new look for Optics Express. The journal’s new Web site design improves user interactions in a number of ways and allows faster access to journal papers. We will also be moving from a 6-month long volume to a year-long volume. A not-so-apparent change is an improvement in the tools that the Associate Editors use in dealing with the flow of journal papers. Finally, in another not-so-apparent change, the journal has a new Editor. I will be taking over from Joe Eberly, the founder and guiding light of Optics Express for the past 5 years. It is an honor and a pleasure for me.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Joe for all he has done for Optics Express, for the Optical Society of America, and for optics in general in the last 5 years. He started with a vision about what electronic publishing could do for scholarly publishing in the field of optics, and he convinced the OSA to help make that vision a reality. He pushed, poked, and prodded the OSA and many colleagues to help him design and implement a working journal that would capture the benefits of all-electronic publishing, while matching the quality of other OSA journals. He spent an enormous amount of time in nurturing and promoting Optics Express, and he never flagged in his insistence on excellence in all aspects of the journal. The result was an entirely new journal in the field of optics – all electronic, peer-reviewed, multimedia ready, with a phenomenally short time-to-publication. Because of Joe’s efforts, the OSA has become a leader in all-electronic journal publishing and has the experience and maturity to produce other all-electronic journals (such as the Journal of Optical Networking, the newest OSA journal). The field of optics has benefited by gaining a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal that covers all aspects of optics and is free to readers. Joe, we deeply appreciate your foresight, your perseverance, your dedication, and your leadership. Thank you.