Some day in September 2020, Lei Zhou got a phone call from Prof. Long Zhang, Deputy Director of the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM), Chinese Academy of Sciences, who formally invited Lei to serve as the founding co-Editor-in-Chief (Co-EIC) of a new journal that will be published by Chinese Laser Press (CLP). During the short conversation between Long and Lei, Long briefly explained to Lei why SIOM decided to launch this new journal aiming only to publish reviews in optics and photonics. The mission and vision of this new journal became clear as Ms. Lei Yang (General Manager of CLP) and her team visited Lei a week later, who expressed their strong wishes of building the journal as a globally reputable top platform (being the very first journal of this type proposed in China) for optics and photonics researchers to publish high-quality review articles and for graduate students and junior researchers to quickly follow the frontiers in optics and photonics. Lei was deeply impressed by such a fantastic idea, and totally agreed with the publishers that it is both important and timely to set up such a platform in China, since China not only has the largest group of readers but also has lots of top researchers (with the amount and quality increasing quickly in recent years) working in optics and photonics, both of whom need such a platform urgently. After talking with Ms. Yang, Lei happily accepted the position of Co-EIC. Afterwards, the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) joined as a co-publisher, which accelerated the birth of the journal greatly.
Lei Zhou, Din Ping Tsai. Birth of a new baby: Photonics Insights[J]. Photonics Insights, 2022, 1(1): E01