Optical and Quantum Electronics - Aims & Instructions for Authors

Aims & Scope

Optical and Quantum Electronics is published monthly. It is concerned with the technology and physics of optoelectronic systems and devices, i.e., with topics such as: optical communication systems: fibre, thin-film and integrated optics; semiconductor opto-electronic devices; nonlinear optics; optical modulators; light detection and imaging devices; lasers, laser systems and applications, including optical radar velocimetry; coherent optical techniques; holography; optical data processing; atmospheric and space optics.

Papers and Reviews will normally be published three or four months from the date of acceptance, but Letters will be published more quickly if possible. Authors will not receive proofs of Letters.

Instructions for Authors


Papers should be submitted to Ian White. There are no page charges.

Submission of a paper to Optical and Quantum Electronics will be taken to imply that it presents original unpublished work, not under consideration for publication elsewhere. In order to transfer copyright to the Publisher, a Publishers agreement form will be sent on submission of the manuscript which authors are required to sign and return. This agreement will be void if the paper is not accepted for publication. The copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microfilm or any other reproductions of similar nature, and translations.

The manuscript

Four copies of the manuscript and original figures are required. Papers can be submitted on IBM compatible disks in Wordperfect file format, ASCII, Roff, Troff, TEX and LATEX etc. but a hard copy of the manuscript must also be provided.

Language and style
Submissions must be in English, typed in double spacing on one side only of the paper, with a left-hand margin of at least 4cm.
Every paper should include a brief and factual summary. This should not exceed 200 words and should be in English.
Section headings
Papers should be divided into sections and sub-sections numbered as exemplified in the headings of these 'Instructions'.
References should be numbered consecutively in the text, thus:
'According to a recent theory [4]...' and collected at the end of the paper in the following style:
4. E. E. UTHE and R. J. ALLEN, Opt. Quantum Electron. 7 (1975) 121.
A separate list of captions for illustrations should be provided. The Publisher will return illustrations after use if requested.
Line diagrams: Originals drawn in indian ink should be submitted. A suitable form of lettering is Letraset 705 or a comparable stencil.
Photographs: Copies for final reproduction should be glossy prints and have good contrast. Colour printing will be available subject to the author meeting the extra cost involved.
Contributors are asked to follow the recommendations of the IUPAP (Nuclear Physics 1 (1956) 539-56 and 7 (1958) 299-304).
It is preferred that SI units be used.
OQE letters
Letters should communicate new and newsworthy results and should not normally exceed four printed pages (including figures). An abstract not exceeding 50 words should be included though section headings are not necessary.


Offprints of each paper may be ordered when returning corrected proofs.

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