Journal Information

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Aims and scope

Light: Science & Applications (LSA) seeks to promote research from all aspects of optics and photonics, including basic, applied and engineering research and applications. This journal will primarily publish new research results in cutting-edge and emerging topics in optics and photonics, as well as covering traditional topics in optical engineering. The journal will publish original articles and reviews that are of high quality, high interest and far-reaching consequence. Light: Science & Applications is an open access, online-only journal. Please go to Aims and scope page for more details.

About the Editors

Light: Science & Applications is led by Editor-in-Chief Professor Jianlin Cao, please go to  ‘about the editors’ page for further information.

Editorial Board

Light: Science & Applications'  international Editorial Board spans the breadth of the coverage of the journal –read more about the Editorial Board.

Journal Metrics

Article metrics such as number of downloads, citations and online attention are available from each article page, and provide an overview of the attention received by a paper.

The 2020 journal citation metrics for Light: Science & Applications are as follows:

2-year Impact Factor*: 17.782
5-year Impact Factor*: 16.996
Immediacy index*: 3.819
Eigenfactor® score*: 0.02578
Article influence score*: 4.978
JCR Rank*: OPTICS 3/99
Journal Citation Score*: 4.98

SNIP: 4.378
SJR: 6.104

*2020 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate Analytics, 2021)

Total webpage views, 2020: 1,078,535
Total successful full-text article requests, 2020: 1,343,658

Turnaround times
Number of days from Submission to acceptance: 143 days 
Number of days from acceptances at publisher to published online: 22 days

Abstracted/indexed in

Google Scholar
Science Citation Index Expanded and Journal Citation Reports
Engineering Index
Directory of Open Access Journals
Chinese Science Citation Database

Citing articles in Light: Science & Applications

LSA uses the digital object identifier (DOI) as the primary means to identify papers, instead of the more traditional Volume / Issue / Consecutive page numbers. The DOI is an international, public, "persistent identifier of intellectual property entities" in the form of a combination of numbers and letters. For NPG content the DOI is assigned to an item of editorial content, providing a unique and persistent identifier for that item. The DOI system is administered by the International DOI Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. CrossRef, a not-for-profit organization, makes the DOI a reference linking standard and enables cross-publisher linking. It also maintains the lookup system for DOIs. Springer Nature is a founding, and board, member of CrossRef.

To cite articles published in LSA, you can give the paper's DOI at the end of the citation. For example, Light: Science & Applications papers should be cited in the form as specified by a journal or for example: Author(s) (Year) Article_Title. Light: Science & Applications, Page; (doi:Doi_Number).

For your background information, the DOI has two components, a prefix (before the slash) and a suffix (after the slash). The prefix is a DOI resolver server identifier (10) and a unique identifier assigned to the publisher; for example, the identifier for Springer Nature is 1038 and the entire DOI prefix for an article published by Springer Nature is 10.1038. The suffix is an arbitrary number provided by the publisher; it can be composed of numbers and/or letters and does not necessarily have any systematic significance. Each DOI is registered in a central resolution database that associates it with one or more corresponding web locations (URLs).


The editorial policies of this publication are determined jointly by its Editorial Board and Springer Nature in accordance with the legal and regulatory requirements of China.