Scimago Journal & Country Rank

Applied Optics


United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

Subject Area and Category


The Optical Society



Publication type



21553165, 1559128X





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. Applied Optics publishes in-depth peer-reviewed content about applications-centered research in optics. These articles cover research in optical technology, photonics, lasers, information processing, sensing and environmental optics. Applied Optics' research articles should: Concentrate on practical applications of science and technology, Introduce new science or technology by either increasing understanding of existing research or reporting novel applications, Include the development and performance of technologies when applying theories, Provide sufficient background, detail, and explanation so that others can reproduce the results, and so that the significance of the work is clear. 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 Optics2015Q2
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2016Q2
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2017Q2
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2018Q2
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics2019Q2
Electrical and Electronic Engineering1999Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2000Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2001Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2002Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2003Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2004Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2005Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2006Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2007Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2008Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2009Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2010Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2011Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2012Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2013Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2014Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2015Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2016Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2017Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2018Q1
Electrical and Electronic Engineering2019Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)1999Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2000Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2001Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2002Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2003Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2004Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2005Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2006Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2007Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2008Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2009Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2010Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2011Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2012Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2013Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2014Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2015Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2016Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2017Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2018Q1
Engineering (miscellaneous)2019Q1

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)19991.153
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20001.153
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20011.588
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20021.701
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20031.727
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20041.921
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20052.256
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20062.273
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20072.165
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20082.048
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20092.128
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20102.125
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20112.215
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20122.148
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20132.130
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20142.256
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20151.919
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20161.951
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20171.981
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20182.151
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20192.211
Cites / Doc. (3 years)19991.153
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20001.171
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20011.625
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20021.771
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20031.671
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20041.920
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20052.295
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20062.264
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20072.104
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20082.033
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20092.132
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20102.110
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20112.213
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20122.142
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20132.139
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20142.254
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20151.927
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20161.961
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20171.986
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20182.221
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20192.209
Cites / Doc. (2 years)19991.126
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20001.154
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20011.601
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20021.664
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20031.602
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20041.921
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20052.305
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20062.125
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20072.025
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20081.974
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20092.027
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20102.070
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20112.180
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20122.095
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20132.091
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20142.274
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20151.905
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20161.913
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20172.029
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20182.233
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20192.220
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 Cites1999863
Self Cites2000787
Self Cites2001690
Self Cites2002685
Self Cites2003558
Self Cites2004477
Self Cites2005614
Self Cites2006620
Self Cites2007637
Self Cites2008688
Self Cites2009784
Self Cites2010670
Self Cites2011728
Self Cites2012689
Self Cites2013789
Self Cites2014892
Self Cites2015767
Self Cites2016922
Self Cites20171011
Self Cites20181039
Self Cites20191056
Total Cites19993754
Total Cites20003848
Total Cites20014653
Total Cites20024518
Total Cites20034239
Total Cites20044901
Total Cites20055845
Total Cites20065712
Total Cites20075858
Total Cites20086216
Total Cites20096802
Total Cites20106648
Total Cites20116865
Total Cites20126723
Total Cites20137000
Total Cites20147802
Total Cites20157004
Total Cites20167536
Total Cites20178238
Total Cites20189878
Total Cites201910104
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 document19990.888
External Cites per document20000.932
External Cites per document20011.384
External Cites per document20021.503
External Cites per document20031.451
External Cites per document20041.734
External Cites per document20052.054
External Cites per document20062.018
External Cites per document20071.875
External Cites per document20081.808
External Cites per document20091.887
External Cites per document20101.897
External Cites per document20111.978
External Cites per document20121.922
External Cites per document20131.898
External Cites per document20141.996
External Cites per document20151.716
External Cites per document20161.721
External Cites per document20171.742
External Cites per document20181.988
External Cites per document20191.979
Cites per document19991.153
Cites per document20001.171
Cites per document20011.625
Cites per document20021.771
Cites per document20031.671
Cites per document20041.920
Cites per document20052.295
Cites per document20062.264
Cites per document20072.104
Cites per document20082.033
Cites per document20092.132
Cites per document20102.110
Cites per document20112.213
Cites per document20122.142
Cites per document20132.139
Cites per document20142.254
Cites per document20151.927
Cites per document20161.961
Cites per document20171.986
Cites per document20182.221
Cites per document20192.209
% 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 documents20007
Non-citable documents20013
Non-citable documents20025
Non-citable documents200388
Non-citable documents200495
Non-citable documents2005107
Non-citable documents200635
Non-citable documents200737
Non-citable documents200830
Non-citable documents200923
Non-citable documents201016
Non-citable documents201114
Non-citable documents201215
Non-citable documents201317
Non-citable documents201427
Non-citable documents201529
Non-citable documents201644
Non-citable documents201749
Non-citable documents201863
Non-citable documents201973
Citable documents19993256
Citable documents20003285
Citable documents20012864
Citable documents20022551
Citable documents20032537
Citable documents20042552
Citable documents20052547
Citable documents20062523
Citable documents20072784
Citable documents20083057
Citable documents20093190
Citable documents20103151
Citable documents20113102
Citable documents20123139
Citable documents20133273
Citable documents20143462
Citable documents20153634
Citable documents20163843
Citable documents20174149
Citable documents20184447
Citable documents20194573
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 documents19991557
Uncited documents20001607
Uncited documents20011147
Uncited documents2002971
Uncited documents20031109
Uncited documents20041006
Uncited documents2005957
Uncited documents2006828
Uncited documents2007941
Uncited documents20081026
Uncited documents20091085
Uncited documents2010977
Uncited documents2011976
Uncited documents2012982
Uncited documents20131009
Uncited documents20141040
Uncited documents20151242
Uncited documents20161326
Uncited documents20171259
Uncited documents20181326
Uncited documents20191349
Cited documents19991708
Cited documents20001685
Cited documents20011720
Cited documents20021585
Cited documents20031516
Cited documents20041641
Cited documents20051697
Cited documents20061730
Cited documents20071880
Cited documents20082061
Cited documents20092128
Cited documents20102190
Cited documents20112140
Cited documents20122172
Cited documents20132281
Cited documents20142449
Cited documents20152421
Cited documents20162561
Cited documents20172939
Cited documents20183184
Cited documents20193297
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