Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The journal covers the topical areas of optics, optoelectronics and photonics in the following aspects: fundamental and applied research, physics and technical, materials, components and devices, circuits and systems, technological and design, construction and manufacturing, and metrological.

In particular these are the following areas of the photonics: theory and experiment, quantum, photon physics, ultra-low power, atto-watt, single photon, ultrafast, femto- and atto-second, high power, high intensity, tera-watt and peta-watt, nonlinear, integrated and planar as well as volume, information, image, lighting, photovoltaic, semiconductor, laser, terahertz - THz, IR, UV, synchrotron, roentgen, free electron lasers, optical fiber, communications, sensors and instrumentation, biomedical, chemical and environmental, industrial and engineering, synthesis and processing of materials, and educational.

The journal also embraces all kinds of experiments of interaction of a photon beam with matter, as well as the usage of photonics in high energy physics experiments and astro-particle physics and astronomy. A very current subject, embraced by the journal, is synthesis of metamaterials for photonics, and in particular research on meta-glasses and their applications. This research leads to a negative refraction optics.

The journal also covers neighboring regions to the above mentioned ones. Photonics Letters accepts all work concerning construction of research and application systems: metrological, automation and robotics, astronomical, chemical, biomedical, for food and agriculture industry, environmental monitoring, mechatronic, electronic, nano- and microsystems, and everywhere the photonics is a functional part of a bigger unity.
The functions played by photonics may embrace sensors, metrology, data transmission channels, EM wave energy delivery, and other types of functional components  and subassemblies, etc. One can mention the following exemplary systems: application specific 3D imaging devices, integrated processors of the type ? lab on chip, lab on fiber (capillary), MOEMS, MEMS, THz imaging, transmission with quantum coding, optical gauges of time, frequency and distance, devices made of metamaterials and photonic crystals, etc.

The journal embraces also the integration problems of photonic components, devices and circuits with the analogous, accompanying, functional devices of electronics and mechatronics. There is a considerable interest in simultaneous coexistence of photonic, electrical and mechanical signals in a single integrated micro-system. It also concerns other kinds of signals like chemical, biological, including biophotonics, as well as signal conversion and processing, functional integration, packaging of components and devices, construction, small scale manufacturing, etc. The journal covers all aspects of the software accompanying the theoretical and design work as well as hardware solutions. There are two main aspects of software: calculation software for modeling of photonic effects and phenomena in materials and components as well as functional software for servicing the photonic devices and systems as well as mixed integrated systems consisting of photonics, electronics and mechatronics.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Each manuscript submitted via PLP system is primarily evaluated by the editors. Positive assessment of this evaluation qualifies paper for further processing. At least two independent reviewers are appointed following the rules of a single-blind peer reviewing, in which the reviewers are unknown to the author. For the conflict of interest shall be deemed direct personal relationships (kinship, legal, conflict) between the reviewer and the author. The review is provided in the written form concluded with reviewers' recommendations on whether the manuscript should be published or rejected by the journal. Positive reviews are needed for the paper to be published. Each author has an access to reviews and opportunity to responds to reviewers' comments. A list of the reviewers is not revealed on the journal's website but upon special request, the author may obtain an access to this list.