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



15208532, 10847529


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
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
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
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

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.

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)19991.630
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20001.573
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20012.026
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20021.891
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20032.010
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20042.273
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20052.505
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20062.673
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20072.313
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20082.232
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20092.214
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20102.356
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20112.269
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20122.023
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20131.797
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20141.979
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20151.798
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20161.749
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20171.838
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20182.028
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20192.041
Cites / Doc. (3 years)19991.630
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20001.538
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20011.836
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20021.860
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20032.111
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20042.301
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20052.546
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20062.545
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20072.129
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20082.149
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20092.231
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20102.366
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20112.173
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20121.950
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20131.828
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20141.955
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20151.821
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20161.743
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20171.888
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20182.068
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20192.048
Cites / Doc. (2 years)19991.533
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20001.323
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20011.704
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20021.957
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20032.098
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20042.234
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20052.401
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20062.357
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20072.053
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20082.134
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20092.236
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20102.259
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20111.993
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20122.025
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20131.763
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20141.979
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20151.805
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20161.885
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20171.769
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20182.009
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20192.013
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 Cites2000247
Self Cites2001290
Self Cites2002241
Self Cites2003213
Self Cites2004218
Self Cites2005199
Self Cites2006272
Self Cites2007279
Self Cites2008207
Self Cites2009277
Self Cites2010316
Self Cites2011205
Self Cites2012223
Self Cites2013201
Self Cites2014246
Self Cites2015182
Self Cites2016194
Self Cites2017173
Self Cites2018174
Self Cites2019166
Total Cites19991514
Total Cites20001504
Total Cites20011671
Total Cites20021704
Total Cites20031832
Total Cites20041917
Total Cites20051983
Total Cites20062092
Total Cites20071991
Total Cites20082332
Total Cites20092508
Total Cites20102624
Total Cites20112216
Total Cites20121913
Total Cites20131835
Total Cites20141896
Total Cites20151925
Total Cites20161701
Total Cites20171894
Total Cites20181793
Total Cites20191800
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 document19991.257
External Cites per document20001.285
External Cites per document20011.518
External Cites per document20021.597
External Cites per document20031.865
External Cites per document20042.040
External Cites per document20052.290
External Cites per document20062.214
External Cites per document20071.831
External Cites per document20081.959
External Cites per document20091.985
External Cites per document20102.081
External Cites per document20111.972
External Cites per document20121.723
External Cites per document20131.627
External Cites per document20141.701
External Cites per document20151.649
External Cites per document20161.544
External Cites per document20171.716
External Cites per document20181.867
External Cites per document20191.859
Cites per document19991.630
Cites per document20001.538
Cites per document20011.836
Cites per document20021.860
Cites per document20032.111
Cites per document20042.301
Cites per document20052.546
Cites per document20062.545
Cites per document20072.129
Cites per document20082.149
Cites per document20092.231
Cites per document20102.366
Cites per document20112.173
Cites per document20121.950
Cites per document20131.828
Cites per document20141.955
Cites per document20151.821
Cites per document20161.743
Cites per document20171.888
Cites per document20182.068
Cites per document20192.048
% 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 documents19999
Non-citable documents200013
Non-citable documents200118
Non-citable documents200222
Non-citable documents200324
Non-citable documents200420
Non-citable documents200518
Non-citable documents200614
Non-citable documents200718
Non-citable documents200828
Non-citable documents200933
Non-citable documents201030
Non-citable documents201121
Non-citable documents201215
Non-citable documents201313
Non-citable documents201410
Non-citable documents201510
Non-citable documents20168
Non-citable documents201721
Non-citable documents201825
Non-citable documents201929
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
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 documents1999358
Uncited documents2000407
Uncited documents2001363
Uncited documents2002349
Uncited documents2003312
Uncited documents2004256
Uncited documents2005233
Uncited documents2006236
Uncited documents2007309
Uncited documents2008379
Uncited documents2009359
Uncited documents2010335
Uncited documents2011325
Uncited documents2012345
Uncited documents2013365
Uncited documents2014321
Uncited documents2015365
Uncited documents2016350
Uncited documents2017373
Uncited documents2018310
Uncited documents2019323
Cited documents1999580
Cited documents2000584
Cited documents2001565
Cited documents2002589
Cited documents2003580
Cited documents2004597
Cited documents2005564
Cited documents2006600
Cited documents2007644
Cited documents2008734
Cited documents2009798
Cited documents2010804
Cited documents2011716
Cited documents2012651
Cited documents2013652
Cited documents2014659
Cited documents2015702
Cited documents2016634
Cited documents2017651
Cited documents2018582
Cited documents2019585
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