The number of papers published in 2002 was up by 12% over 2001. The number of submitted papers was up by over 30% indicating, of course, that the percentage of rejected papers was also up (38% for the year). The average time it took for a fully peer-reviewed, accepted paper to be published, from initial manuscript receipt to posting on the Web, continued to be a phenomenally short 48 days. Over a quarter of our published papers used multi-media, and almost all used color graphics. The number of subscribers to the Optics Express Table of Contents e-mail service jumped to over 4100. And, finally, we learned in 2002 that Optics Express, out of all optical science journals, was ranked 8th in impact factor by the ISI, the people who keep track of citations to papers in scientific journals.
So, as we plunge into this new year, I am confident that you will see continued growth in the quantity and quality of papers published in Optics Express. I can promise that in Optics Express you will be able to read about exciting research results from a huge range of topics in optical science. I can also promise that these results will come to you quicker than you could get them from any other fully-peer-reviewed optical science journal, and probably quicker than you could get them from any other, fully-peer-reviewed journal in any field.