Chinese Optics Letters is a short-article journal for the rapid dissemination of new, important results in all branches of optical science and technology and related fields, published monthly by the Chinese Optics Letters Manuscript Office and distributed abroad by the Optical Society of America.
Submission of Papers
Authors can submit online: http://www.col.org.cn (recommended). You can also send articles as attachments by e-mail to email@example.com. Electronic LaTeX and MS Word files are acceptable.
SSubmitted manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s) and not have been published elsewhere or under consideration for another publication or a substantially similar form in any language.
Authors are encouraged to recommend three to five individuals (include their research fields, e-mail, phone numbers and addresses) who are qualified to serve as referees for their paper.
Chinese Optics Letters provides a template for MS Word to assist with formatting. Please also see the following "Information for Authors" for manuscript preparation.
To ensure a successful submission, please use the COL_Template which can be downloaded at the website http://www.col.org.cn/preparing.aspx.
Note: From January 1, 2009, all MS Word submissions should accord with the "template" before the "peer review" process. If you have questions or comments, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for Authors
All manuscripts should be written in English. The supporting organization and the grant number should be given at the end of the manuscript.
Title: The title of the paper should be concise but informative.
Author name(s): A list of all authors, as well as corresponding addresses, should be provided on the title page. Authors' names should be given in a consistent form on all publications to facilitate indexing. It will be better if the fax number(s), e-mail address(es), and telephone number(s) are all provided.
Abstract: The abstract should be no longer than 100 words. It should be informative, without descriptive words or citations, and contain the major conclusions and quantitative results or other significant items in the paper. Together with the title, the abstract must be adequate as an index to all the subjects treated in the paper, and will be used as a base for indexing.
OCIS codes: OCIS codes should be provided to help with indexing. This set of codes was formulated by the Optical Society of America and well-known in the optical research world. OCIS codes are available on Chinese Optics Letters' web page (http://www.col.org.cn/ocis.aspx) and the OSA publication web pages. Each manuscript must be given 2-4 OCIS codes below the abstract, and the principal index code should be placed first.
Main body of the paper: The body of the paper should include all the information of the research, but no subtitles.
Formulas: Formulas should be punctuated and aligned to bring out their structure, and numbered consecutively in round brackets on the right-hand side of the page.
Notation: Notation must be legible, clear, compact, and consistent with standard usage. All unusual symbols whose identity may not be obvious, including subscript or superscript, must be made comprehensible. Physical and mathematical variables should be in italic, vectors in boldface. Units, abbreviations and special functions should be upright. Please add notes to explain any other special symbols.
Figures: Figures should be high contrast, suitable for immediate reproduction. They will normally be reduced to one column width (6-8 cm). In the figures, the main lines should be about 0.3 mm in width, and the assistant lines 0.15 mm. Notations in the figures should be distinct and consistent with the same ones in the text, and their font size will be 7-9 pt. The positions of figures should be marked in the text by boxes of a suitable size. Each figure should have its own caption. For photographs, the original photos must be supplied with good contrast and clearly distinguishable details.
Tables: Tables, numbered in order of appearance, should be appended on separate sheets and identified with appropriate titles. The table title, which should be brief, goes above the table. A detailed description of its contents or table footnotes should be given directly below the body of the table.
References: References must be published work, and numbered consecutively in order of their first citation. References should be listed individually at the end of the text and indicated in the text with a superscript number in square brackets. All of the references' authors, as well as the titles of the referenced articles, should be given. Here are some examples of how to set the most common reference types:
Journals: M. Zhang, P. Ye, F. Zhang, Y. Zhao, and J. Wang, "NOLM-based wavelength conversion with FBG band-pass filter for optical packet switching," Chin. Opt. Lett. 1, 3 (2003).
Books: N. Bloembergen, Nonlinear Optics (Benjamin, New York, 1965).
Conference proceedings: R. E. Kalman, "A new approach to linear filtering and prediction problems", in Proceedings of Advanced Seminar on Generalized Inverse and Applications, M. Z. Nashed, ed. (Academic, San Diego, CA, USA, 1976), p. 111.
Patents: A. C. Hart, Jr., R. G. Huff, and K. L. Walker, "Method of making a fiber having low polarization mode dispersion due to a permanent spin", U.S. patent 5,298,047 (March 29, 1994).
Dissertations: K. L. Corwin, "A circularly-polarized optical dipole trap and other developments in laser trapping of atoms", PhD. Thesis (University of Colorado, 1999).
Online references: H. R. Sheikh, Z. Wang, L. Cormack, and A. C. Bovik, "Live image quality assessment database release 2", http://live.ece.utexas.edu/research/quality (September 8, 2006).
Review, Revision, Proof and Copyright
Authors will receive a letter informing them whether the manuscript is accepted or rejected in two months. Authors should return their revisions to the copy editor within two weeks. Proofs will be sent to the authors about one or two weeks before its publication, and should be returned preferably within 48 hours to avoid publication delays.
As the manuscript has been accepted, all authors should transfer the copyright of the article, including that of the printing and on-line version, to the publisher. All authors must sign the Transfer of Copyright Agreement before the article can be published. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information.
How to estimate the length of your manuscript
Manuscript submitted to COL should be better no longer than four journal pages. It should be better for your manuscript to have a total number of characters of about 17000-23000.
Authors could account the number of characters in their manuscript by using some common tools. Note that blanks, the figures and tables in the manuscript must be taken account into the total value. You can estimate the space for figures and tables as follows.
If one of your figures is in suitable size (about 8-cm-wide), you can measure its height and get a value. For example, it is 4.8 cm in height. Divide it by 0.4 cm, and then multiply the result by 55 characters, you can figure out the figure holds the space of about 660 characters. For figures wider than 8 cm, you should double the result.
For a table, try your best to simplify it. And then, count the number of lines and add 2 lines. If the table must be wider than 8.5 cm, you should double the result. After doing this, multiply the result by 55.
Sum up the obtained values. If the result is larger than 17000, please check your manuscript again and make some condensation. Make use of the journal pages.
At last, submit it to Chinese Optics Letters.