Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT)

IEEE/Optica Publishing Group Journal of Lightwave Technology

Since its inception in 1983, this semi-monthly journal, co-sponsored by seven IEEE technical societies and Optica, has published leading work in optical waveguide technologies and their applications, from integrated photonics to optical networks. Many of the highest cited papers in these fields have been published in this journal. Journal of Lightwave Technology strives for the fastest possible publication speed without sacrificing the high quality of its technical review process. Our editorial board is comprised of leaders in their respective fields, who ensure that each paper gets detailed technical reviews by experts on the specific topic of each submitted paper. We give authors the opportunity to perform two rounds of revisions in order to address reviewer concerns and polish papers to the highest technical standards. The average response time of the journal (from submission to first decision) is currently about 40 days, with an acceptance rate below 50%.

Journal of Lightwave Technology is a hybrid open-access journal that lets authors choose between traditional subscription-based publishing and full open-access publishing.

The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual ( Each published article was reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a single-blind peer review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors. Articles will be screened for plagiarism before acceptance.  

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Journal of Lightwave Technology is comprised of original contributions, both regular papers and letters, covering works in all aspects of optical-waveguide science, technology, and engineering. Manuscripts are solicited which report original theoretical and/or experimental results which advance the technology base of optical-waveguide technology. Tutorial review papers are by invitation only. Topics of interest include the following: fiber and cable technologies, active and passive guided-wave componentry (light sources, detectors, repeaters, switches, fiber sensors, etc.); integrated optics and optoelectronics; and systems, subsystems, new applications and unique field trials. System oriented manuscripts should be concerned with systems which perform a function not previously available, out-perform previously established systems, or represent enhancements in the state of the art in general.

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Time to First Decision:  40 days

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