Manuscripts must meet the high quality standards that have been established for OEA, reporting original, significant results of interest to the opto-electronics community. Review by external referees is required for acceptance of all research articles, letters and review papers.
Criteria for publication
It is important that manuscripts are critically evaluated for compliance with the following criteria:
- Importance to scientists in the optics and electronics field.
- Novel and interesting.
- Provides strong evidence for its conclusions.
- Clear logic and the English is reasonable.
Peer review process step-by-step
OEA's policy is to obtain two or three reviews per paper; however, papers first undergo an initial quality/relevance assessment by the editor upon receipt. At this stage, submissions are also screened for plagiarism using CrossCheck's iThenticate software . Editor selects a associate editor overseeing the appropriate technical subfield of the manuscript, who then sends it to anonymous reviewers.
When submitting to an OEA journal, you will be instructed to suggest three potential suitable reviewers.
Editor selects reviewers who are experts in the field of your manuscript.
Reviewers provide comments aimed to help create a better manuscript. Reviewers will recommend that:
- Accept the paper directly.
- Accept the paper after revisions.
- Full re-review required after revisions.
Editor makes a publication decision based on the reviews and sends out a decision letter.
If your manuscript needs modifications:
- You may resubmit after revisions have been made (use a response letter to explain each change, point by point).
- Editor decides whether to accept revised manuscript or refer it back to reviewers for further comment.
- Editor makes final decision.
If your manuscript is rejected:
Before submitting elsewhere, act on the reviewers' reports as this will lead to a better paper.
Anonymous peer review
Anonymous peer review is critical to our publication process. Therefore, the identity of our reviewers is not released to authors or other reviewers throughout or after the review process.