Information for Authors

IEEE Photonics Technology Letters is a hybrid journal allowing open access and traditional submission. It is published by the IEEE Photonics Society.  IEEE Photonics Technology Letters is published semimonthly. Original contributions are welcomed which relate advances or state-of-the-art capabilities in the theory, design, fabrication, application, performance, packaging and reliability of:

  • Lasers and optical devices; including semiconductor and solid state lasers, detectors, integrated optics and optoelectronics, sensors, etc.
  • Fiber, cable and waveguide technologies; including materials, splicing, connectors, measurement techniques, etc.
  • Systems, subsystems, and new applications of quantum electronic devices; including system demonstrations, signal processing, performance characterization, etc.

Review Process

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-anonymous 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.

The journal offers the thorough review process that is a signature of IEEE Publications. Upon acceptance papers receive a Digital Object Identifier and are published in the Early Access section on IEEE Xplore. At this stage papers are fully citable. The final published version of the papers is copy-edited by IEEE to ensure higher production quality.


All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in an IEEE journal. Researchers can sign up for an ORCID for free via an easy registration process on

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Authors who do not have an ORCID in their ScholarOne user account will be prompted to provide one during submission.

PTL Template

All authors should utilize the Preparation of Papers for IEEE TRANSACTIONS and JOURNALS

Useful Links for Authors

IEEE Author Center

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IEEExplore for PTL

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IEEE Rightslink for Authors to request IEEE Copyright Permission 

Authors that need Professional Editing

English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review. IEEE authors are eligible for discounts at several language editing services; visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. Please note these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.

Please note that submissions that are hard to understand due to poor English will be immediately rejected.  

Originality and (Self-)Plagiarism

All PTL manuscripts have to be original and to be the author's own body of work. Please check the following links for more information: IEEE Plagiarism Guidelines

Subscription Information

All members of the IEEE are eligible for membership in the Society and may receive a print subscription to the PTL journal upon payment of the annual Society membership fee of $34.00, plus an annual subscription fee of $75.00. Electronic access to PTL on IEEE Explore is included with Society membership. Member copies of Transactions/Journals are for personal use only.

About this Journal

Impact Factor: 2.414

Time to Publication:  70 days

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