Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT)

IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology

Since its inception in 1983, this semi-monthly journal, co-sponsored by seven IEEE technical societies and The Optical Society (OSA), 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. The 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%.

The 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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The Journal of Lightwave Technology comprises original contributions covering work of high relevance on all aspects of optical guided-wave science, technology, engineering, and applications, including original theoretical and experimental results. Topics of interest include:

  • Fiber and cable technologies
  • Active and passive guided-wave componentry (light sources, detectors, repeaters, switches, fiber sensors, etc.)
  • Integrated optics and optoelectronics
  • Subsystems and systems
  • Networks and switching
  • New applications of guided wave technologies
  • Unique field trials

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Impact Factor: 4.162

Time to First Decision:  40 days

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