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Optics Express

  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 1 — Jul. 3, 2000
  • pp: 1–1
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Optics Express, Vol. 7, Issue 1, pp. 1-1 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.7.000001


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Abstract

Validation-by-competition has arrived. Collaboration and incubation are next. This appears be the breakout year. I've mentioned previously the electronic publishing plans and projects of the Institute of Physics in the U.K., of the American Acoustical Society and of the American Physical Society. As of July 1, 2000, all of them will have in operation free-standing, all-electronic, peer-reviewed journals. The New Journal of Physics, Acoustic Research Letters Online, and Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams, respectively, are the names of these competitors of Optics Express. They go by the acronyms NJP, ARLO and STAB.

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Validation-by-competition has arrived. Collaboration and incubation are next. This appears be the breakout year. I’ve mentioned previously the electronic publishing plans and projects of the Institute of Physics in the U.K., of the American Acoustical Society and of the American Physical Society. As of July 1, 2000, all of them will have in operation free-standing, all-electronic, peer-reviewed journals. The New Journal of Physics, Acoustic Research Letters Online, and Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams, respectively, are the names of these competitors of Optics Express. They go by the acronyms NJP, ARLO and STAB.

The electronic presence of these new competitors validates the vision of the OSA Board in establishing Optics Express. Since Optics Express has the edge in experience, and a volume of publication that permits rough averaging, we can offer operating statistics for comparisons, providing the opportunity for friendly competition in such matters as average time in peer review (29 days), time to publication (45 days), article length (8 pages), fraction employing multimedia (41%), subscribers to Table of Contents service (2,235), and so on. Although none of the new journals focuses on optics, their collaboration in widening the footprint of electronic journals in the physical sciences is particularly welcome.

Now let’s switch from competition to incubation. Optics Express has already played an informal role in the start-up timing or as a template or consultant for technical features, or both, for all three of our new competitors. Lately we’ve begun to examine ways we can leverage our expertise to the advantage of journal start-ups by specialized units within OSA or the wider optics community.

With our three years of operating history, a smoothly functioning editorial board and review procedures, and general success in electronic operation, we are ready and willing to be used in incubator mode to assist different technical domains within optics to establish new publishing niches. We believe new niches have already been recognized, and electronic routes to publication are being examined. Our offer of start-up assistance can be taken up in many forms, limited only by the imagination of the parties concerned. If your technical group has been thinking about a new electronic journal, we’re willing to help. Send me an e-mail to opex@pas.rochester.edu.

J. H. Eberly, Editor

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History
Original Manuscript: July 3, 2000
Published: July 3, 2000

Citation
J. Eberly, "Editorial," Opt. Express 7, 1-1 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-7-1-1


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