Laser & Photonics Reviews

Cover image for Vol. 8 Issue 2

Editor: Katja Paff

Impact Factor: 7.976

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 2/80 (Optics); 8/128 (Physics Applied); 9/68 (Physics Condensed Matter)

Online ISSN: 1863-8899

Associated Title(s): Advanced Optical Materials, Journal of Biophotonics

Editorial information

Editorial policy
Laser & Photonics Reviews (LPR) is devoted to thorough peer review and rapid publication of new and important results in laser physics and photonics. Peer review is done by referees selected from a continuously updated international panel of scientists, with editorial evaluation and decision on the basis of the information received from the referees. The identity of the referees is kept strictly confidential and it is the editor's task to mediate between authors and reviewers. All articles in LPR require positive approval by at least two independent referees.
  • The editors strive to minimize bias and give due consideration to all submissions regardless of the geographical origin or standing of the authors.
  • To limit the workload of our referees, the editors check all incoming submissions before passing them on. If the initial evaluation reveals that a manuscript is clearly unsuitable for the scope of LPR, it may be rejected without external review.
  • We initially ask two referees to provide a report and recommendation regarding publication. Given that the recommendations agree, the editors will pass the reports on to the authors and inform them about the resulting editorial decision (acceptance, revision or rejection).
  • In case of a revision we ask the authors to consider the reports, revise their manuscript, and provide a response to the referee's comments. Revised manuscripts and responses will then be sent back to at least one of the initial referees to see if the article has been sufficiently improved.
  • If the two initial referee recommendations disagree, we will ask a third reviewer to act as an adjudicator. The adjudicator will receive the manuscript, the two contradicting reports, and possibly earlier author responses for consideration.
  • Manuscript revisions and re-reviews are limited to a maximum of two turns. If a manuscript still fails to receive approval in its re-revised form, it will be considered unsuitable for publication.
  • Authors may appeal to a rejection of their article. The editors will consider such responses and decide if consideration of the article can be re-opened. However, rejections to appeals are final.
Professional conduct and publication ethics
LPR is committed to high standards for professional conduct and ethical behaviour in all published material. The Best Practise Guidelines on Publication Ethics describe Wiley-Blackwell's position as a scientific publisher. Furthermore, the journal management supports the International Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Scientific Publishing (PDF) as they were adopted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, as well as the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity released by the World Conference on Research Integrity. Accordingly, we state here the criteria for content published in LPR and specify the responsibilities of editors, authors, and referees.

Author responsibilities
As a prerequisite for publication in LPR according to its scope as a scientific archival journal, the information reported in a manuscript must
  • be scientifically rigorous, be reported truthfully, and documented so that other researchers may reproduce the results.
  • be original and previously unpublished (in any language). Exceptions may occur when authors are invited to write a review article.
  • represent significant progress in the field under study (serial and incremental publications are discouraged).
  • not be under consideration elsewhere at the time of submission.
  • be put into the context of previously published work by the authors and other researchers by giving due reference.
  • list all those, but only those, who contributed significantly to the results, as authors. Manuscripts may only be submitted by consent of all authors. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to inform the co-authors about the submission, editorial process and decisions.
It is furthermore required to assign to one author the role as principal investigator. This role is crucial as she/he is ultimately responsible for compliance to scientific ethics and her/his role should be that of ‘‘catcher’’ of students’ shortcuts, of junior coworkers’ carelessness, or of collaborators’ outright malicious behavior. The authors themselves and their strong sense that science is advanced first of all by being truthful are the primary and often the best line of defense against scientifically unethical behavior. It is highly recommended that the principal investigator is also the corresponding author.

We ask that all submissions are accompanied by a statement in the cover letter that the manuscript is original and unpublished, is not being considered for publication elsewhere and is submitted with the consent of all co-authors. Authors must agree to the Copyright Transfer Agreement during submission. Potential conflicts with any of the above issues must be disclosed upon submission to enable the journal to make an informed decision about a possible publication of the manuscript.

Referee responsibilities
We trust that every reviewer tries to give an informed, fair and objective recommendation regarding publication of a manuscript. She/he may not spread or make use of privileged information obtained from the manuscript. At LPR we do our best to select appropriate experts for peer review. However, if a reviewer has been asked to provide a report in spite of an existing conflict of interest such as a close collaboration or a direct competition, we ask for immediate information. We will then select an alternative referee.

Editor responsibilities
Editors strive to minimize bias and to achieve a responsible and objective decision regarding publication. They will refrain from handling cases where a personal conflict of interest arises and will not make inappropriate use of privileged information. Editors will check allegations of plagiarism and other misconduct concerning published articles and manuscripts under consideration. They reserve the right to publish corrections or retractions. Furthermore, LPR co-operates with other scientific journals to clarify possible cases of misconduct, for example by providing access to articles involved in alleged plagiarism for fellow editors.