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Chinese Optics Letters is a short-article journal for the rapid dissemination of new, important results in all branches of optical science and technology and related fields, published monthly by Chinese Optics Letters Manuscript Office and distributed by the Optical Society of America.


Submission of Papers


Authors are requested to submit the manuscript to Chinese Optics Letters Manuscript Office, P. O. Box 800-211, Shanghai 201800, P. R. China; Phone: 0086-21-69918198; Fax: 0086-21-69918098. Send your article as an attachment to col@mail.shcnc.ac.cn. or submit@siom.ac.cn. Electronic files of LaTeX and MS Word are acceptable.


Submission of a manuscript must be the original work of the author(s) and have not been published elsewhere or under consideration for another publication, or a substantially similar form in any language.


Authors are encouraged to recommend three to five individuals (including their addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses) who are qualified to serve as referees for their paper.


Manuscript Preparation


COL Manuscript Templates


COL provides template for MS Word to assist with formatting. Please also see the following "information for authors" for manuscript preparation.


To ensure a successful submission please download and use the following file.


DOWNLOAD COL Template (right click and slecte save as to you disk)


The template will allow you to type in the title, author names, affiliations, abstract, OCIS codes, tables, figures, references, and body of your manuscript in preset formats. You will be able to use the drop-down menu on the formatting toolbar to format your paper.


How to use the template?


1. Type or paste your document into the template, highlight any portion and click the corresponding drop-down item to format your text. When you use the templates in this way, remember to save your file with a document extension and not the template extension.


2. Or, you can save the template (or copy and paste it) into your "templates" folder so that you can create a new Word document with all of the preset formats.


Note: From September 1, 2005, all MS Word submissions should accord with the "template" before the "peer review" process.


If you have questions or comments please e-mail col@mail.shcnc.ac.cn.


All manuscripts should be written in English. Letters should be no more than three journal pages. All materials, including references, figure captions, and tables, should be typed double-spaced on only one side of white A4 paper with wide margin (at least 25 mm). Pages should be numbered and font size should be 11 or 12 pt. The supporting organization and the grant number should be given at the end of the manuscript.


Title: The title of the paper should be concise but informative.


Author name(s): A list of all authors, as well as corresponding addresses, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers should be provided on the title page. Authors' names should be given in a consistent form on all publications to facilitate indexing.


Abstract: The abstract should not be longer than 100 words and have no references. It should be informative, without descriptive words or citations, and contain the major conclusions and quantitative results or other significant items in the paper. Together with the title, the abstract must be adequate as an index to all the subjects treated in the paper, and will be used as a base for indexing.


OCIS codes: All manuscript must be given 2-4 OCIS codes below the abstract, the principal index code should be placed first.


Main body of the paper: The body of the paper should include all the information of the research, but no subtitles.


Formulas: Formulas should be typewritten, punctuated and aligned to bring out their structure, and numbered consecutively in round brackets on the right-hand side of the page.


Notation: Notation must be legible, clear, compact, and consistent with standard usage. All unusual symbols whose identity may not be obvious, including subscript or superscript must be identified with pencil in the margin. Physical and mathematical variables should be in italic, vectors in boldface. Units, abbreviations and special functions should be upright. Please add a note to explain any other special symbols.


Figures: Figures should be original laser prints with high contrast prints, suitable for immediate reproduction, typed on a separate sheet and identified on the back by its number and the name of the first author. They will normally be reduced to one column width (6-8 cm). In the figures, the main lines should be about 0.3 mm in width, and the assistant lines 0.15 mm. Notations in the figures should be distinct and consistent with the same ones in the text, and their font size will be 7-9 pt. The positions of figures should be marked in the text by boxes of a suitable size. Each figure should have its own caption, type captions double-spaced on a separate sheet. Original photographs must be supplied with good contrast and clearly distinguishable details.


Tables: Tables, numbered in order of appearance, should be appended on separate sheets and identified with appropriate titles. The table title, which should be brief, goes above the table. A detailed description of its contents or table footnotes should be given directly below the body of the table.


References: References must be published work, and numbered consecutively in the order of their first citation. References should be listed individually at the end of the text and indicated in the text with a superscript number in square brackets. All of the references' authors, as well as the titles of the referenced articles, should be given. Here are some examples of how to set the most common reference types:


Journals: M. Zhang, P. Ye, F. Zhang, Y. Zhao, and J. Wang, NOLM-based wavelength conversion with FBG band-pass filter for optical packet switching, Chin. Opt. Lett. 1, 3 (2003).


Books: N. Bloembergen, Nonlinear Optics (Benjamin, New York, 1965).


Conference proceedings: R. E. Kalman, in Proceedings of Advanced Seminar on Genralized Inverse and Applications, M. Z. Nashed, ed. (Academic, San Diego, Calif., 1976), p. 111.


Patents: A. C. Hart, Jr., R. G. Huff, and K. L. Walker, "Method of making a fiber having low polarization mode dispersion due to a permanent spin," U.S. patent 5,298,047 ( March 29, 1994).


Review, Revision, Proof and Copyright


Authors will receive a letter informing them whether the manuscript is accepted or rejected in two months. Authors should return their revisions to the copy editor within two weeks of receipt. When an article has been amended in compliance with the comments of referee(s), an electronic file of the final version should be sent with the revised manuscript. Electronic files can be sent on disk or via e-mail. Proofs will be sent to the authors about one week before its publication, and should be returned preferably within 48 hours to avoid publication delays.


As the manuscript has been accepted, all authors should transfer the copyright of the article, including that of the printing and on-line version, to the publisher. All authors must sign the Transfer of Copyright Agreement before the article can be published. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information.


How to estimate the length of your manuscript


Manuscript submitted to Chinese Optics Letters should be no longer than three journal pages. It should be better for your manuscript to have a total number of characters of about 17000.


Authors could account the number of characters in their manuscript by using some common tools. Note that blanks, the figures and tables in the manuscript must be taken account into the total value. You can estimate the space for figures and tables as follows.


If one of your figures is in suitable size (about 8-cm-wide), you can measure its height and get a value. For example, it is 4.8 cm in height. Divide it by 0.4 cm, and then multiply the result by 55 characters, you can figure out the figure holds the space of about 660 characters. For figures wider than 8 cm, you should double the result.


For a table, try your best to simplify it. And then, count the number of lines and add 2 lines. If the table must be wider than 8.5 cm, you should double the result. After doing this, multiply the result by 55.


Sum up the obtained values. If the result is larger than 17000, please check your manuscript again and make some condensation. Make use of the journal pages.


At last, submit it to Chinese Optics Letters.