Journal of Optics (IOP Publishing)

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Journal of Optics  
Former names
Revue Générale d’Optique et de Mechanique de Précision, Revue d'Optique, Nouvelle Revue d'Optique Appliquée
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
J. Opt.
Discipline Optics, photonics
Language English
Edited by Nikolay I. Zheludev
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 2040-8978 (print)
2040-8986 (web)
LCCN 2010238158
OCLC no. 506264207

The Journal of Optics is a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of modern and classical optics, experimental and theoretical studies, applications and instrumentation. It is the official journal of the European Optical Society and is published by IOP Publishing. The editor-in-chief is Nikolay I. Zheludev (University of Southampton). According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 2.010.[1]


The journal was established in 1912 as the Revue Générale d’Optique et de Mécanique de Précision. Publication was suspended during the First World War and only resumed in 1921, when the name was shortened to Revue d'Optique. Due to the Second World War, publication was again suspended in 1944, but resumed in 1947. After another suspension in 1968, the journal re-appeared in 1970 as the Nouvelle Revue d'Optique Appliquée. In 1977 it was renamed Journal of Optics.[2] in 1998 it merged with Pure and Applied Optics: Journal of the European Optical Society Part A and was renamed Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics. As part of the merger the other publication of the European Optical Society, Quantum and Semiclassical Optics: Journal of the European Optical Society Part B, was renamed Journal of Optics B: Quantum and Semiclassical Optics.

In 2006, Journal of Optics B was merged into Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. Journal of Optics A was renamed Journal of Optics in January 2010,[3] as it is now the only journal continuing the Journal of Optics series.

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:


  1. ^ "Journal of Optics". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014. 
  2. ^ Howard, J. N. (2005). "The History of a Journal: How the Revue d’Optique Became the Journal of Optics". Optics & Photonics News 16 (4): 12–13. 
  3. ^ Zheludev, N. I. (2010). "Changes to the journal". Journal of Optics 12 (1): 010201. Bibcode:2010JOpt...12a0201Z. doi:10.1088/2040-8986/12/1/010201.  (editorial)

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