Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science is a forum for promoting research amongst optometrists and other researchers in optometry and visual science.

Focus and Scope

The Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science (SJOVS) is an international interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal for promoting research on all aspects of optometry and visual science. SJOVS has a focus on communicating frontline research to optometrists and related professionals, educators and vision scientists.
SJOVS publishes original quantitative or qualitative research, reviews and other scientific articles that deal with all aspects of optometry, visual science, and public health with focus on eye and vision health. The material may be clinical, experimental, observational, translational, theoretical, or historical in nature.

When preparing manuscripts the authors should keep in mind that SJOVS is an international and interdisciplinary publication, when possible technical jargon should be clarified to make the language in the manuscripts accessible to the readership of the journal. Authors should place emphasis on the significance of their findings promoting evidence-based practice.

Peer Review Process

Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science is a peer reviewed journal. 

Reviews will be done continuously, but at the latest within 6 weeks after the submission of manuscripts. 

Authors may log in to the journal web pages, and follow the stages of the review process.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science follows the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Journal Publishers.

As the journal follows the ICMJE’s Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, it is expected of authors, reviewers and editors that they follow the best-practice guidelines on ethical behaviour contained therein in addition.

SJOVS is a peer-reviewed academic publication. All submissions, unless they are desk-rejected by the editors or guest-editors, undergo an evaluation by external reviewers with the proper subject expertise. While under review, the process is single-blind; editors mask the identities of peer reviewers. SJOVS’s editors assure this process. If an editor submits a paper, the evaluation must follow the same blind process. The editors are responsible for deciding which manuscripts submitted should be published. 

Editors’ decisions will only be reversed if problems of intellectual property or copyright, plagiarism, redundant publication or other misconducts are identified within the submission. 

All authors have an obligation to declare that their submission have not been previously published or submitted simultaneously to other journals and that their paper is based on original research. They have to state explicitly whether potential competing interests do exist. Submission of a manuscript to SJOVS implies that all authors have agreed to the journal’s policies. 

Reviewers must follow SJOVS’s policies and participate to the good evaluation of the manuscript. 

SJOVS takes seriously allegations of misconduct pre-publication and post- publication. Authors or reviewers are invited to contact the Managing editor or editors to address their allegations.

In case of retraction, a notice mentioning the reason and basis for the retraction will be published. 

In case of correction, clarification, retraction or apologies, SJOVS’s editors will publish a notice mentioning the reasons. 

Publication Frequency

Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science will publish two issues per year, one in November/December and one in June/July. The first issue published as Open Access through Open Journal System was published in December 2010.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

The journal uses the following long-term preservation services: PKP PN, LOCKSS or CLOCKSS archival system.

Scientific Level 1

Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science is now registered by the Norwegian Social Science Data Service (NSD) at scientific level 1. NSD is responsible for the Norwegian register of scientific journals, which form the basis for research publications that have an impact on the funding of academic institutions. You can search for authorized publication channels here.

Journal History

Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science was founded by The Norwegian Association of Optometry in 2008. Three issues were published in 2008 and 2009. The journal moved to Open Journal Systems (OJS) for managing and publishing online in 2010 and the first issue was published through OJS in December 2010. The Italian Association of Optometry (Società Optometrica Italiana, SOPTI) became a joint sponsor from January 2020. The journal was fully transferred to LnuOpen on November 1, 2022. The journal is also sponsored by the confederation of Norwegian optometry enterprises (Optikerbransjen) from 2023. 

There is no need to register as a reader of the Scandinavian Journal of Optometry and Visual Science. All articles are directly accessible and free of charge.

Authors publish their papers free of charge.

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Submission Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting, or if already registered can simply log in and begin the 5 step process. 

We encourage research librarians to list this journal among their library's electronic journal holdings. As well, it may be worth noting that this journal's open source publishing system is suitable for libraries to host for their faculty members to use with journals they are involved in editing (see Open Journal Systems).

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.