- 1. The number of submissions for 2013 is manuscripts, up from 6 years ago. Furthermore, the number of downloads of our papers has exceeded 1 million per year, clearly having an impact on our community.
- 2. We have added a superb team of Deputy Editors to help manage this larger enterprise. Peter Andersen, Brian Justus, and Antonio Mecozzi (and, previously, Brian Pogue and Jinendra Ranka) have made a profoundly positive impact on Optics Letters. I have relied on their invaluable wisdom and efforts.
- 3. Our Topical Editor team has nearly doubled, and it is more geographically and technically diverse than ever. Our editorial team is the foundation on which Optics Letters operates.
- 4. Our time from submission to publication has dropped dramatically, from 107 days to a mere 74 days, an astounding 30% drop. Moreover, the average days that a reviewer holds a paper before submitting a review is 10 days, the lowest among all OSA journals. Our volunteers and staff work tirelessly and efficiently, and it shows.
Original Manuscript: December 6, 2013
Published: December 15, 2013
Alan Willner, "Farewell Editorial," Opt. Lett. 38, ED2-ED2 (2013)
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