Scimago Journal & Country Rank

Journal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision


United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

Subject Area and Category


The Optical Society



Publication type



10847529, 15208532


1979, 1984-2020



How to publish in this journal


The Optical Society (OSA) publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed articles in its portfolio of journals, which serve the full breadth of the optics and photonics community. The Journal of the Optical Society of America A (JOSA A) is devoted to developments in any field of classical optics, image science, and vision. JOSA A includes original peer-reviewed papers on such topics as: Atmospheric optics Clinical vision Coherence and Statistical Optics Color Diffraction and gratings Image processing Machine vision Physiological optics Polarization Scattering Signal processing Thin films Visual optics JOSA A publishes research articles as well as tutorials, discussion papers, feature issue contributions, and comments on published articles. Join the conversation about this journal

The set of journals have been ranked according to their SJR and divided into four equal groups, four quartiles. Q1 (green) comprises the quarter of the journals with the highest values, Q2 (yellow) the second highest values, Q3 (orange) the third highest values and Q4 (red) the lowest values.

Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics1999Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2000Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2001Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2002Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2003Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2004Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2005Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2006Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2007Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2008Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2009Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2010Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2011Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2012Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2013Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2014Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2015Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2016Q2
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2017Q2
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2018Q2
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2019Q2
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2020Q2
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition1999Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2000Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2001Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2002Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2003Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2004Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2005Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2006Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2007Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2008Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2009Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2010Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2011Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2012Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2013Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2014Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2015Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2016Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2017Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2018Q1
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2019Q2
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition2020Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials1999Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2000Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2001Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2002Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2003Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2004Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2005Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2006Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2007Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2008Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2009Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2010Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2011Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2012Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2013Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2014Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2015Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2016Q2
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2017Q2
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2018Q1
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2019Q2
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials2020Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)1999Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2000Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2001Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2002Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2003Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2004Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2005Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2006Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2007Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2008Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2009Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2010Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2011Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2012Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2013Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2014Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2015Q1
Medicine (miscellaneous)2016Q2
Medicine (miscellaneous)2017Q2
Medicine (miscellaneous)2018Q2
Medicine (miscellaneous)2019Q2
Medicine (miscellaneous)2020Q2

The SJR is a size-independent prestige indicator that ranks journals by their 'average prestige per article'. It is based on the idea that 'all citations are not created equal'. SJR is a measure of scientific influence of journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from It measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal, it expresses how central to the global scientific discussion an average article of the journal is.

Total Documents

Evolution of the number of published documents. All types of documents are considered, including citable and non citable documents.

Citations per document

This indicator counts the number of citations received by documents from a journal and divides them by the total number of documents published in that journal. The chart shows the evolution of the average number of times documents published in a journal in the past two, three and four years have been cited in the current year. The two years line is equivalent to journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters) metric.

Cites per documentYearValue
Cites / Doc. (4 years)19991.635
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20001.568
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20012.015
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20021.882
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20031.993
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20042.250
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20052.482
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20062.648
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20072.286
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20082.193
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20092.175
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20102.310
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20112.233
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20122.006
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20131.786
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20141.963
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20151.786
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20161.737
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20171.959
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20182.149
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20192.308
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20202.173
Cites / Doc. (3 years)19991.635
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20001.532
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20011.826
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20021.848
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20032.092
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20042.277
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20052.519
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20062.522
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20072.108
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20082.106
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20092.185
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20102.319
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20112.146
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20121.942
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20131.816
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20141.944
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20151.805
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20161.734
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20172.002
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20182.179
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20192.315
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20202.193
Cites / Doc. (2 years)19991.538
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20001.317
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20011.689
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20021.940
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20032.081
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20042.203
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20052.381
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20062.346
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20072.028
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20082.080
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20092.189
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20102.219
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20111.970
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20122.019
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20131.750
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20141.965
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20151.797
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20161.879
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20171.830
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20182.102
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20192.309
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20202.273
Total Cites 

Evolution of the total number of citations and journal's self-citations received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years.
Journal Self-citation is defined as the number of citation from a journal citing article to articles published by the same journal.

Self Cites1999346
Self Cites2000245
Self Cites2001290
Self Cites2002241
Self Cites2003212
Self Cites2004216
Self Cites2005198
Self Cites2006270
Self Cites2007276
Self Cites2008206
Self Cites2009275
Self Cites2010313
Self Cites2011201
Self Cites2012222
Self Cites2013200
Self Cites2014245
Self Cites2015181
Self Cites2016189
Self Cites2017168
Self Cites2018168
Self Cites2019169
Self Cites2020150
Total Cites19991521
Total Cites20001503
Total Cites20011669
Total Cites20021702
Total Cites20031824
Total Cites20041908
Total Cites20051972
Total Cites20062083
Total Cites20071986
Total Cites20082319
Total Cites20092500
Total Cites20102609
Total Cites20112206
Total Cites20121911
Total Cites20131832
Total Cites20141895
Total Cites20151919
Total Cites20161698
Total Cites20172022
Total Cites20181913
Total Cites20192067
Total Cites20201917
External Cites per Doc 
Cites per Doc

Evolution of the number of total citation per document and external citation per document (i.e. journal self-citations removed) received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years. External citations are calculated by subtracting the number of self-citations from the total number of citations received by the journal’s documents.

External Cites per document19991.265
External Cites per document20001.286
External Cites per document20011.515
External Cites per document20021.595
External Cites per document20031.857
External Cites per document20042.031
External Cites per document20052.277
External Cites per document20062.206
External Cites per document20071.829
External Cites per document20081.947
External Cites per document20091.980
External Cites per document20102.070
External Cites per document20111.966
External Cites per document20121.722
External Cites per document20131.625
External Cites per document20141.701
External Cites per document20151.644
External Cites per document20161.546
External Cites per document20171.848
External Cites per document20182.013
External Cites per document20192.159
External Cites per document20202.062
Cites per document19991.635
Cites per document20001.532
Cites per document20011.826
Cites per document20021.848
Cites per document20032.092
Cites per document20042.277
Cites per document20052.519
Cites per document20062.522
Cites per document20072.108
Cites per document20082.106
Cites per document20092.185
Cites per document20102.319
Cites per document20112.146
Cites per document20121.942
Cites per document20131.816
Cites per document20141.944
Cites per document20151.805
Cites per document20161.734
Cites per document20172.002
Cites per document20182.179
Cites per document20192.315
Cites per document20202.193
% International Collaboration

International Collaboration accounts for the articles that have been produced by researchers from several countries. The chart shows the ratio of a journal's documents signed by researchers from more than one country; that is including more than one country address.

YearInternational Collaboration
Citable documents 
Non-citable documents

Not every article in a journal is considered primary research and therefore "citable", this chart shows the ratio of a journal's articles including substantial research (research articles, conference papers and reviews) in three year windows vs. those documents other than research articles, reviews and conference papers.

Non-citable documents19991
Non-citable documents20003
Non-citable documents20014
Non-citable documents20025
Non-citable documents20034
Non-citable documents20045
Non-citable documents20054
Non-citable documents20064
Non-citable documents20077
Non-citable documents200816
Non-citable documents200920
Non-citable documents201016
Non-citable documents20118
Non-citable documents20123
Non-citable documents20135
Non-citable documents20145
Non-citable documents20156
Non-citable documents20163
Non-citable documents20177
Non-citable documents201811
Non-citable documents201914
Non-citable documents202017
Citable documents1999929
Citable documents2000978
Citable documents2001910
Citable documents2002916
Citable documents2003868
Citable documents2004833
Citable documents2005779
Citable documents2006822
Citable documents2007935
Citable documents20081085
Citable documents20091124
Citable documents20101109
Citable documents20111020
Citable documents2012981
Citable documents20131004
Citable documents2014970
Citable documents20151057
Citable documents2016976
Citable documents20171003
Citable documents2018867
Citable documents2019879
Citable documents2020857
Cited documents 
Uncited documents

Ratio of a journal's items, grouped in three years windows, that have been cited at least once vs. those not cited during the following year.

Uncited documents1999349
Uncited documents2000398
Uncited documents2001350
Uncited documents2002334
Uncited documents2003294
Uncited documents2004244
Uncited documents2005222
Uncited documents2006228
Uncited documents2007299
Uncited documents2008370
Uncited documents2009349
Uncited documents2010327
Uncited documents2011316
Uncited documents2012334
Uncited documents2013358
Uncited documents2014318
Uncited documents2015362
Uncited documents2016346
Uncited documents2017352
Uncited documents2018291
Uncited documents2019294
Uncited documents2020301
Cited documents1999581
Cited documents2000583
Cited documents2001564
Cited documents2002587
Cited documents2003578
Cited documents2004594
Cited documents2005561
Cited documents2006598
Cited documents2007643
Cited documents2008731
Cited documents2009795
Cited documents2010798
Cited documents2011712
Cited documents2012650
Cited documents2013651
Cited documents2014657
Cited documents2015701
Cited documents2016633
Cited documents2017658
Cited documents2018587
Cited documents2019599
Cited documents2020573
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