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Journal of Optical Communications and Networking (JOCN) is a joint publishing effort of Optica Publishing Group and IEEE.

See the JOCN Author Page for information about manuscript submissions and length restrictions.


The scope of the Journal includes advances in the state-of-the-art of optical networking science, technology, and engineering. Both theoretical contributions (including new techniques, concepts, analyses, and economic studies) and practical contributions (including optical networking experiments, prototypes, and new applications) are encouraged. Subareas of interest include the architecture and design of optical networks, optical network survivability and security, software-defined optical networking, elastic optical networks, data and control plane advances, network management related innovation, and optical access networks. Enabling technologies and their applications are suitable topics only if the results are shown to directly impact optical networking beyond simple point-to-point networks.

Specific topics of interest include the following:

  • Architecture and design of optical networks
  • Flexgrid, elastic networks, multi-band and multi-fiber networks
  • Multi-layer or multi-domain networks including higher layers such as IP and transport protocols, or including applications such as 5G/6G
  • Network control & management related innovation including software-defined optical networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), monitoring and analytics, intent-based networks.
  • Network sensing technology and architectures
  • Optical access networks including passive optical networks (PON), free-space, optical wireless communication
  • Short-range optical networks within buildings, including offices, factories and homes
  • Short-reach optical networks on and between servers, boards or chips.
  • Space optical networks including inter-satellite and satellite-ground
  • Quantum optical networks and associated technology
  • Optical network survivability and security
  • Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) in optical networks
  • Data center networks for Cloud and Edge Computing
  • Network convergence, including access, metro, 5G/6G mobile and distributed edge computing
  • Optical networks applied to distributed computing architectures, including for high-performance computing (HPC) and AI clusters
  • Disaggregated networks including optical technologies
  • Neuromorphic and photonic reservoir computing using optical networks

Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor:5.0*

Journal Citation Indicator: 1.25*

Google Scholar h5-index: 50

Median Time to First Decision: 40 days

Median Time to Publication: 121 days

*Source: 2023 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate, 2023).

2023 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

Editorial Board


Andrew Lord, BT, UK

Deputy Editor

Laurent Schares, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA

Associate Editors

Anjali Agarwal, LGS Innovations, USA

Alejandra L Beghelli, UCL, UK

Martin Birk, AT&T, USA

Steinar Bjørnstad, Tampnet, Norway

Konstantinos Christodoulopoulos, Nokia Bell Labs, Germany

Marija Furdek, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Hiroshi Hasegawa, Nagoya University, Japan

Jun-ichi Kani, NTT, Japan

Vincent Houtsma, Nokia, USA

Thomas Little, Boston University, USA

Carmen Mas Machuca, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany

Derek Nesset, Huawei Technologies, Germany

Francesco Paolucci, CNIT, Italy

Yvan Pointurier, Huawei Technologies, France

Cristina Rottondi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Marco Ruffini, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland

Nina Skorin-Kapov, San Javier Air Force Base, Spain

Michela Svaluto Moreolo, CTTC, Spain

Yongli Zhao, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China

Jim Zou, ADVA, Germany

JOCN Steering Committee

Patrick Iannone, Chair, Nokia Bell Labs, USA

Mark Allen, Optica Representative, Ciena, USA

Rich Jensen, Optica Representative, Huber+Suhner Polatis, USA

Ton Koonen, IEEE Photonics Society Representative, Netherlands

Loukas Paraschis, IEEE Communications Society Representative, Alphawave Semi, USA

Ann Von Lehmen, IEEE Communications Society Representative, National Science Foundation, USA

Sheryl L. Woodward, IEEE Photonics Society Representative, USA


Peer Review E-mail Phone
Keith Jackson, Journal Coordinator kjacks@optica.org 202-416-1414
General peer review questions jocn@optica.org
JOCN Fax Number 202-416-6129
Feature proposals dmcdonold@optica.org
Editorial Production E-mail Phone
Tim Fincham, Director, Production & Technology tfinch@optica.org 202-416-1931
Copyright Permission Requests copyright@optica.org
Online Journal Technical Support E-mail: elec@optica.org
General Information
Elizabeth Nolan, Chief Publishing Officer
Kelly Cohen, Sr. Publisher
M. Scott Dineen, Senior Director, Publishing, Production & Technology
Jennifer Mayfield, Deputy Senior Director, Electronic Publications
Dan McDonold, Editorial Director
Daphne Greenwood, Senior Director of Marketing & Sales, Publishing

About JON

The Journal of Optical Networking (JON) was published monthly by Optica Publishing Group from January 2002 to May 2009 (eISSN: 1536-5379). JON Archives are available online.