APL Photonics promotes fundamental, applied, and multidisciplinary research anchored in photonics. Through our robust editorial process, we aim to publish high quality research findings that represent significant breakthroughs, novel understandings, or perspectives with long lasting impact. Our mission is to provide openly accessible resources for the international photonics and broader communities.

In response to the diverse community and its communication needs, the Journal features Articles, Letters, and Special content – specifically Invited Articles, Perspectives, Tutorials, and Special Topic sections – see the Editorial Policies guide for details on the different article types.

Covered topics include:

  • Light sources
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Nanophotonics
  • Plasmonics
  • Biophotonics and Biomedical optics
  • Ultrafast photonics
  • Optical communications
  • Quantum photonics
  • Optical imaging
  • Photovoltaics
  • Guided wave optics
  • Sensors
  • Terahertz

Manuscripts that focus on mathematical and computational problems only marginally related to photonics are not suitable for publication in APL Photonics. Similarly, papers focused on incremental technical advances, engineering applications, or materials science are outside the journal’s scope.

Open Access Statement

APL Photonics is an open access journal. Articles published in APL Photonics are freely accessible, without restrictions, to the global public. Authors who publish in APL Photonics retain the copyright to their work under a Creative Commons license. Under this license, users are free to share and adapt the material in any format, provided appropriate credit is given. Visit the AIP Publishing Open Access Policy for more information about our policies on open access.

2023 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate, 2024)*:

Five-Year Impact Factor

5.6

Impact Factor

5.4

Immediacy Index

0.8

Cited Half-Life

3.6

Eigenfactor Score

0.00937

Article Influence Score

1.751

Total Citations

4,185

* Data from the 2023 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate, 2024).

ISSN: 2378-0967
CODEN: APPHD2