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The Journal of the Optical Society of America B (JOSA B) is a general optics research journal that complements JOSA A. It emphasizes scientific research on the fundamentals of the interaction of light with matter such as quantum optics, nonlinear optics, and laser physics. Topics include:

  • Advanced Instrumentation and Measurements
  • Fiber Optics and Fiber Lasers
  • Lasers and Other Light Sources from THz to XUV
  • Light-Induced Phenomena
  • Nonlinear and High Field Optics
  • Optical Materials
  • Optics Modes and Structured Light
  • Optomechanics
  • Metamaterials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Photonics and Semiconductor Optics
  • Physical Optics
  • Plasmonics
  • Quantum Optics and Entanglement
  • Quantum Key Distribution
  • Spectroscopy and Atomic or Molecular Optics
  • Superresolution and Advanced Imaging
  • Surface Optics
  • Ultrafast Optical Phenomena
  • Wave Guiding and Optical Confinement

JOSA B considers original research articles, feature issue contributions, invited reviews and tutorials, and comments on published articles.

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Key Journal Metrics

Impact Factor: 1.9*

Total Citations: 14,764*

Cited Half-Life Years: 11.1 years*

Journal Citation Indicator: 0.64*

Google Scholar h5-index: 40

Median Time to First Decision: 36 days

Median Time to Web Publication: 104 days

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

2023 Google Scholar Optics & Photonics Top Publications.

For more information on Journal metrics, click here.

Emerging Researcher Best-Paper Prize

The JOSA B Emerging Researcher Best-Paper Prize recognizes one outstanding paper published by an emerging researcher each year. Learn more and view all Prize winners.

Editorial Board


Kurt Busch,

Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Deputy Editor

Igor I. Smolyaninov,

University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Features Editor

Lora Ramunno,

University of Ottawa, Canada

Topical Editors and Content Areas

Esben Andresen

Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers, Atomes et Molécules, France
(Specialty Optical Fibers, Wave-front Shaping, Spatial and Modal Multiplexing, and Optical Communication)

Jiefei Chen

Southern University of Science and Technology, China
(Quantum Optics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Nonlinear Optics)

Xue-Wen Chen

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
(Optical Devices, Nano-Optics, Plasmonics, Spectroscopy)

Francesco Ciccarello

University of Palermo, Italy
(Quantum Optics Theory, Quantum Information Theory)

Ilaria Cristiani

University of Pavia, Italy
(Silicon Photonics, Nonlinear Optics, Integrated Laser Devices)

Ying Hu

Shanxi University, China
(Quantum Optics)

Gyu-Boong Jo

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
(Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics; Quantum Optics)

Oleg Kornilov

Max-Born-Institute, Germany
(Advanced Spectroscopy)

Natalia Korolkova

University of St. Andrews, UK
(Quantum Optics Theory/Quantum Information Theory)

Andrei Lavrinenko

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
(Metamaterials and Plasmonics, Diffraction and Beams)

Qingqing Liang

University of Science and Technology—Shanghai, China
(Ultrafast Phenomena)

Pavel Loiko

CIMAP, Université de Caen Normandie, France
(Lasers and Laser Materials)

Tom Mackay

University of Edinburgh, UK
(Electromagnetic Theory, Transformation Optics, Complex Optical Media and Devices)

Igor Muševič

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
(Soft Matter Photonics)

Ruwen Peng

Nanjing University, China
(Metamaterials and Metasurfaces; Plasmonics; Nanophotonics)

Christopher Poulton

University of Technology Sydney, Australia
(Theoretical Nano-photonics, Metamaterials, Plasmonics, Transformation Optics)

Li Qian

University of Toronto, Canada
(Quantum Optics and Quantum Communication)

Sergey Sergeyev

Aston University, UK
(Nonlinear Optics, Laser Physics and Polarization Phenomena)

Quan Sheng

Tianjin University, China
(Fiber Lasers and Nonlinear Optics)

Andrey Sukhorukov

Australian National University
(Numerical Computation in Optics and Photonics)

Shuo Sun

University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
(Experimental Quantum Optics)

Nahid Talebi

Christian Albrechts University and Max Planck Institute, Germany
(Theoretical/Computational Photonics and Plasmonics; Electron-light Interaction)

Xiaodi Tan

Fujian Normal University, China
(Holography and Diffractive Optics)

Katsuaki Tanabe

Kyoto University, Japan
(Nanostructured Optoelectronic/Photovoltaic Materials and Related Systems)

Christos Tserkezis

University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
(Theoretical Condensed-Matter Physics)

Antonio Vidiella-Barranco

University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil
(Quantum Optics/Quantum Information Theory)

Gustavo Wiederhecker

University of Campinas, Brazil
(Optomechanics, Nanophotonics, Nonlinear Optics)

Yuping Yang

Minzu University of China, China
(THz Photonics and Spectroscopy, Plasmonics, and Metamaterials)

Liangliang Zhang

Capital Normal University, China
(THz and Ultrafast Optics)

Assistant Editors

Gyula Polóni

University of Pécs, Hungary


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