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Journal of Physics: Photonics

About Journal of Physics: Photonics


JPhys Photonics™ will showcase the most significant and exciting developments in the science, technology and application of photonics. Research is increasingly a collaborative enterprise, breaking traditional subject boundaries, and JPhys Photonics will reflect this by focusing particularly on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. JPhys Photonics welcomes submissions from all disciplines, including physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, medicine and related fields, and aims to facilitate the flow of knowledge between and beyond these communities, ensuring authors gain maximum impact and visibility for their work. The journal represents a community-oriented approach to communicating science driven by the needs of scientists rather than funders, institutions or for-profit corporations.

All photonics-related and photonics-enabled research is in scope, especially interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies. Subjects covered will include, but not be restricted to, the following areas:


Fundamentals and technologies

  • Fibre optics and waveguides
  • Light sources
  • Light-matter interactions
  • Nanophotonics
  • Nonlinear and ultrafast optics
  • Optical imaging and non-imaging components
  • Optoelectronics, semiconductor photonics and photonic integrated circuits
  • Photonic materials, metamaterials and engineered structures
  • Plasmonics
  • Propagation, interaction and behaviour
  • Quantum photonics



  • Advanced manufacturing and robotics
  • Advanced materials and smart structures
  • Art and archaeology
  • Biomedical and biotechnology
  • Computing and data storage
  • Data communication and the Internet of Things
  • Energy, green technology and the circular economy
  • Food and health
  • Imaging, detection and sensing
  • Light, illumination, detection and imaging
  • Optical communications and fibre optics
  • Optical data storage
  • Quantum cryptography and quantum computing
  • Security, identification and cryptography
  • Sensing and authentication
  • Spectroscopy and microscopy
  • Textiles and wearables
  • Therapeutics, optogenetics and neurophotonics
  • Vehicles and aerospace
  • Visualization and virtual/augmented reality

Why should you publish in JPhys Photonics?

  • High standards: JPhys Photonics selects the most significant and cutting-edge research being undertaken in the field of photonics. Articles are rigorously peer reviewed by IOP Publishing’s global network of expert reviewers, supported by our top-level editorial board.
  • Fast publication: we are committed to providing you with a fast, professional service to ensure rapid first decision, acceptance and publication. Once accepted, your article will be accessible to readers within 24 hours and will include a citable DOI.
  • Open access: immediate and perpetual open access to your research under a CC BY licence so that it can be accessed and shared by anyone without restriction.
  • Inclusive: with a scope covering interdisciplinary studies and multidisciplinary collaborations as well as traditional disciplines, JPhys Photonics brings together photonics researchers from all disciplines.
  • Transfer opportunities: as well as accepting direct submissions, the journal also offers you a quick and easy solution to transfer your manuscript from another IOP Publishing journal if it does not fit the scope or significance criteria of JPhys Photonics. Articles are transferred along with peer review reports to save time and avoid duplication of work for reviewers.
  • Society owned: IOP Publishing is a leading society publisher of advanced physics research. Any profits generated by IOP Publishing are invested in the Institute of Physics, helping to support research, education and outreach around the world.

Article types

JPhys Photonics welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Research Papers: articles of unlimited length that report new research.
  • Letters: short research articles that report new research. As a guide, Letters should not generally be more than eight journal pages (or around 4500 words) in length.
  • Topical Reviews: articles presenting a snapshot of recent progress in a particular field.
  • Focus issue papers: research papers published as part of a guest-edited collection centred around an emerging and highly topical field.
  • Perspectives: commentaries on the impact of previously published work, or authoritative discussions on the future direction of a field, that are of notable interest to the community.
  • Technical Notes: brief, methods-based articles of a more technical nature, which make a useful and novel addition to the literature
  • Tutorial Articles: Step-by-step explorations of the latest computational methodologies in photonics, providing readers with a hands-on understanding of the techniques driving innovation in the field.
  • Roadmaps: consisting of a series of formalised two-page sections (each 1,400 words with around 20 references), Roadmaps involve multiple authors and represent the individual visions of a selection of leading experts on the current status, challenges and future direction of the field. Typically, Roadmaps will have between 10-20 sections, depending on the breadth of the topic and should provide guidance for colleagues, funding agencies and government institutions. You can see examples of roadmaps previously published in JPhys Photonics here.

Special requirements

JPhys Photonics strongly supports the principles of transparency and openness in scientific research. To facilitate reproducibility, authors should, where possible, make the data, code and research materials supporting the results in the article available.

Authors can make small amounts of data available within the article or as supplementary material, whilst larger datasets can be deposited in an institutional or general data repository (we encourage the use of publicly-accessible repositories where available).

Alternatively, authors may choose to make their data available upon request. We recognise that some authors may have good reasons why they are unable to make their data open, especially where these are the subject of patent applications or commercial confidentiality.

Authors are also invited to include a data availability statement in the acknowledgements section of their article, detailing whether data is available and, if so, where it can be found (including web links where available).

JPhys Photonics’ statement regarding the inclusion of potentially offensive or inappropriate imagery in submitted papers:

We ask authors to carefully consider both the subject matter and provenance of images included in their work before submitting to the journal. If the submitted images could be potentially offensive to the journal’s readership or violate copyright, JPhys Photonics reserves the right to request that authors seek alternative images or other means to express the same results before the final version is published.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Journal of Physics: Photonics, using the ANSI/NISO Standard Terminology for Peer Review:

  • Identity transparency: single-anonymous, double-anonymous (author choice)
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor
  • Review information published: review reports (author and reviewer opt in), author/editor communication, reviewer identities (reviewer opt in)

Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process as well as checklists in both English and Chinese language to help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission.

If an article is not accepted for publication, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals we publish.

Inclusivity and diversity

IOP Publishing recognises that there are inequalities within the scientific publishing and research ecosystems. We are committed to a progressive approach to inclusivity and diversity, and are working hard to eliminate discrimination to foster an equitable and welcoming publishing environment for all.

IOP Publishing follows Guidelines on Inclusive Language and Images in Scholarly Communication to ensure that journal articles use bias-free and culturally sensitive communication. We ask authors to please follow these guidelines in their manuscript submissions.

More information about our work on inclusivity is available on our Open Physics hub.


Journal of Physics: Photonics maintains the highest standards of publication and research ethics and is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are expected to comply with IOP Publishing’s Ethical Policy.

Research data

Journal of Physics: Photonics has adopted IOP Publishing’s research data policy. Please check that your article complies with the policy before submission.

Please note that this policy requires authors to include a data availability statement in their article.

For any questions about the policy please contact the journal.

Many research funders now require authors to make all data related to their research available in an online repository. Please refer to the policy for further information about research data, data repositories and data citation.

Open access

Journal of Physics: Photonics is a fully open access journal. Articles are published under a CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence. Articles are freely available to everyone to read and reuse immediately upon publication, provided attribution to the author is given. Publication is funded by article publication charges (APCs).

For more information on IOP Publishing’s open access policies please see our Open access page.

Publication charges

Journal of Physics: Photonics has no subscription charges and the costs of publication are fully funded by article publication charges (APCs).

Article publication charge* £1800 €2135 $2470
Reduced article publication charge* for Group B countries** £500 €575 $675
Reduced article publication charge for Group A countries** £0 €0 $0

*excluding VAT where applicable

**eligibility criteria can be found here

APCs only apply to articles accepted for publication; there are no submission charges.

There are no other charges for publishing in Journal of Physics: Photonics.

Transformative Agreements

Journal of Physics: Photonics is included in our transformative agreements which allow authors from some institutions to publish open access without paying an APC.

Find out if you’re covered by an agreement

If you are covered by an agreement, use our author guide to help you submit your paper.

Countries where we have transformative agreements include:
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Paying for open access

Various discounts, waivers and funding arrangements are available to support our authors. Visit our Paying for open access page for further details.

Abstracting and indexing services

We work with our authors to help make their work as easy to discover as possible. JPhys Photonics is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:

  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Web of Science ‘Emerging Sources Citation Index’

The following services are currently evaluating this journal:

  • Indexing service
  • Web of Science
  • Scopus
  • Chemical Abstracts Service

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