Scimago Journal & Country Rank

Optics Letters


United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

Subject Area and Category


The Optical Society



Publication type



01469592, 15394794





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. Optics Letters offers rapid dissemination of new results in all areas of optics with short, original, peer-reviewed communications. Optics Letters covers the latest research in optical science, including optical measurements, optical components and devices, atmospheric optics, biomedical optics, Fourier optics, integrated optics, optical processing, optoelectronics, lasers, nonlinear optics, optical storage and holography, optical coherence, polarization, quantum electronics, ultrafast optical phenomena, photonic crystals, and fiber optics. Criteria used in determining acceptability of contributions include newsworthiness to a substantial part of the optics community and the effect of rapid publication on the research of others. This journal, published twice each month, is where readers look for the latest discoveries in optics. 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 Optics2016Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2017Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2018Q1
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2019Q1

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)19992.675
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20002.510
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20013.633
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20023.831
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20034.003
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20044.410
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20055.108
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20064.825
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20074.862
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20084.333
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20094.425
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20104.153
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20114.325
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20124.139
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20134.113
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20144.305
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20153.744
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20163.669
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20173.964
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20184.158
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20194.113
Cites / Doc. (3 years)19992.675
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20002.649
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20013.629
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20024.070
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20034.137
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20044.419
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20055.204
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20064.892
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20074.899
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20084.291
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20094.445
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20104.140
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20114.371
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20124.188
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20134.233
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20144.381
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20153.793
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20163.781
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20174.064
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20184.345
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20194.275
Cites / Doc. (2 years)19992.831
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20002.572
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20013.773
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20024.084
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20034.016
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20044.447
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20055.241
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20064.730
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20074.891
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20084.299
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20094.316
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20104.077
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20114.397
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20124.236
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20134.195
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20144.391
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20153.819
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20163.802
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20174.209
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20184.526
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20194.219
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 Cites1999685
Self Cites2000601
Self Cites2001619
Self Cites2002614
Self Cites2003661
Self Cites2004746
Self Cites2005797
Self Cites2006982
Self Cites2007727
Self Cites2008776
Self Cites20091001
Self Cites20101099
Self Cites20111332
Self Cites20121482
Self Cites20131543
Self Cites20141986
Self Cites20151617
Self Cites20161614
Self Cites20171515
Self Cites20181528
Self Cites20191572
Total Cites19995091
Total Cites20004802
Total Cites20016423
Total Cites20027054
Total Cites20037293
Total Cites20048542
Total Cites200511417
Total Cites200612524
Total Cites200714237
Total Cites200813838
Total Cites200914442
Total Cites201014437
Total Cites201116349
Total Cites201218161
Total Cites201320211
Total Cites201421807
Total Cites201519533
Total Cites201618438
Total Cites201719167
Total Cites201818520
Total Cites201918485
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 document19992.315
External Cites per document20002.317
External Cites per document20013.279
External Cites per document20023.716
External Cites per document20033.762
External Cites per document20044.033
External Cites per document20054.840
External Cites per document20064.509
External Cites per document20074.649
External Cites per document20084.050
External Cites per document20094.137
External Cites per document20103.825
External Cites per document20114.015
External Cites per document20123.847
External Cites per document20133.910
External Cites per document20143.982
External Cites per document20153.479
External Cites per document20163.450
External Cites per document20173.743
External Cites per document20183.987
External Cites per document20193.911
Cites per document19992.675
Cites per document20002.649
Cites per document20013.629
Cites per document20024.070
Cites per document20034.137
Cites per document20044.419
Cites per document20055.204
Cites per document20064.892
Cites per document20074.899
Cites per document20084.291
Cites per document20094.445
Cites per document20104.140
Cites per document20114.371
Cites per document20124.188
Cites per document20134.233
Cites per document20144.381
Cites per document20153.793
Cites per document20163.781
Cites per document20174.064
Cites per document20184.345
Cites per document20194.275
% 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 documents19990
Non-citable documents20000
Non-citable documents20019
Non-citable documents200214
Non-citable documents200331
Non-citable documents200431
Non-citable documents200538
Non-citable documents200630
Non-citable documents200725
Non-citable documents200825
Non-citable documents200932
Non-citable documents201032
Non-citable documents201128
Non-citable documents201222
Non-citable documents201326
Non-citable documents201438
Non-citable documents201539
Non-citable documents201637
Non-citable documents201738
Non-citable documents201846
Non-citable documents201960
Citable documents19991903
Citable documents20001813
Citable documents20011770
Citable documents20021733
Citable documents20031763
Citable documents20041933
Citable documents20052194
Citable documents20062560
Citable documents20072906
Citable documents20083225
Citable documents20093249
Citable documents20103487
Citable documents20113740
Citable documents20124336
Citable documents20134775
Citable documents20144978
Citable documents20155150
Citable documents20164877
Citable documents20174716
Citable documents20184262
Citable documents20194324
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 documents1999485
Uncited documents2000502
Uncited documents2001399
Uncited documents2002367
Uncited documents2003410
Uncited documents2004350
Uncited documents2005360
Uncited documents2006428
Uncited documents2007487
Uncited documents2008598
Uncited documents2009610
Uncited documents2010584
Uncited documents2011573
Uncited documents2012707
Uncited documents2013754
Uncited documents2014806
Uncited documents2015915
Uncited documents2016811
Uncited documents2017768
Uncited documents2018632
Uncited documents2019634
Cited documents19991418
Cited documents20001311
Cited documents20011380
Cited documents20021380
Cited documents20031384
Cited documents20041614
Cited documents20051872
Cited documents20062162
Cited documents20072444
Cited documents20082652
Cited documents20092671
Cited documents20102935
Cited documents20113195
Cited documents20123651
Cited documents20134047
Cited documents20144210
Cited documents20154274
Cited documents20164103
Cited documents20173986
Cited documents20183676
Cited documents20193750
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