The scope of Optics Express
General decision rubric for determining scope – applicable to all topics
- 1. Is the innovation of the paper strongly connected to optics and photonics, where we interpret “optics” to mean involving light or other forms of electromagnetic radiation?
- 2. Would I search for this topic in Optics Express, or would I start with other journals?
- 3. Has this topic traditionally had a home in Optics Express or other journals with similar scope?
- 4. Are the important bibliographic references connected to the optics literature?
- 5. Can I find appropriate reviewers for the article within the optics community?
Specific criteria related to digital image processing
- 1. Does the opticsdescribed in the paper represent a new and innovative approach to imaging or measurement? (Even though a paper may be devoted primarily to digital image processing, the application of these techniques to innovative imaging systems can place it in our scope. For example, sensor fusion papers often fall into this category, as would image correction of the Hubble Space Telescope.)
- 2. Is the image processing method “application agnostic”, meaning that the method doesn’t know or need to know the source of the data? (This is an indication that the paper may not be in our scope, as the image processing innovation is not central to an optical system.)
- 3. Would the conclusions of the paper change significantly if a different optical system were used? (This question addresses the importance of optics to the central innovation of the paper. For example, if the optical system is “generic” and changing it makes little difference, the paper may be out of scope.)
- 4. Does the main originality of the paper consist of applying traditional optics and image processing methods to a new application? (Some applications centered papers may indeed be within our scope - for example, applying optical measurement techniques to a new area of science of engineering. However, others are clearly better suited to alternative journals – such as applying standard optics and digital image processing methods to a biomedical problem.)
Original Manuscript: April 7, 2014
Published: April 7, 2014
Andrew M. Weiner and James R. Leger, "Guidelines for determining the scope of Optics Express in the area of digital image processing," Opt. Express 22, 8821-8822 (2014)
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