Advanced Photonics

Xiao-Cong (Larry) Yuan, Shenzhen University, China
Anatoly Zayats, King's College London, United Kingdom

Co-published by SPIE and Chinese Laser Press, Advanced Photonics is a highly selective, open access, international journal publishing innovative research in all areas of optics and photonics, including fundamental and applied research.

On the cover: The image is based on research presented in the article "Active spintronic-metasurface terahertz emitters with tunable chirality" by Changqin Liu, Shunjia Wang, Sheng Zhang, Qingnan Cai, et al., in Volume 3, Issue 5.

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Advanced Photonics is a highly selective, open-access, international journal that publishes innovative research in all areas of optics and photonics, including fundamental and applied research. The journal publishes top-quality original papers, letters, and review articles, reflecting significant advances and breakthroughs in theoretical and experimental research and novel applications with considerable potential.

The journal seeks high-quality, high-impact articles across the entire spectrum of optics, photonics, and related fields with specific emphasis on the following acceptance criteria:

  • New concepts in terms of fundamental research with great impact and significance
  • State-of-the-art technologies in terms of novel methods for important applications
  • Reviews of recent major advances and discoveries and state-of-the-art benchmarking.

The journal also publishes news and commentaries highlighting scientific and technological discoveries, breakthroughs, and achievements in optics, photonics, and related fields.

Research areas covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Photonic devices and systems for communications
  • Photonics for clean energy
  • Photonics in chemistry, biology, and medicine
  • Optical imaging, metrology, and sensors
  • Photonics for data storage, data manipulation, and displays
  • Materials, artificial materials, and nanostructures for photonics
  • Photonics in quantum technologies
  • Nonlinear and ultrafast optics
  • Optoelectronics and optical information processing
  • Optical manipulation techniques, optomechanics, and optofluidics

Author Benefits

  • Professional copyediting and typesetting
  • Waived open access fee (through 2021)
  • Rapid, article-at-a-time publication
  • Free inclusion of video and multimedia content
  • Free inclusion of software code and data via  Code Ocean, a cloud-based code development and publishing platform

Reviewer Information

Advanced Photonics uses the ScholarOne review system. If you are interested in reviewing for Advanced Photonics, please create an account here. If you have already been an author or reviewer for Advanced Photonics (and/or for  Chinese Optics Letters or High Power Laser Science and Engineering) in the past, you will already have an account. Once you have logged in, you may update your contact information and areas of expertise in the system.


ISSN: 2577-5421
: SPIE and Chinese Laser Press
Publisher locations: Bellingham, Washington, USA; Shanghai, China
Frequency: Article-at-a-time publication; Bimonthly issues (6 issues/year)
Year Established: 2019
Format: Online
Access: Open; published under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license

All articles are open access (CC BY) with the article publication charge (APC) waived for manuscripts submitted by 30 June 2022.


  • Web of Science (SCIE); Impact Factor will be announced in 2022
  • Scopus
  • Ei Compendex


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Video introduction to the journal

Read the inaugural issue press release here.

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