18 May 2020

Professor Mark Rosenfield is appointed new Editor-in-Chief of the College’s research journal, OPO

The College announces the new Editor-in-Chief of its leading international vision science and optometry journal, Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics.

The College of Optometrists has appointed Professor Mark Rosenfield MCOptom, PhD, FAAO as the new Editor-in-Chief of its leading international vision science and optometry journal, Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics (OPO), as Professor David Elliott FCOptom, PhD, FAAO steps down from the role after 11 years.

Professor Rosenfield is a Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry. He conducts research into binocular vision, digital eye strain, and the measurement and aetiology of refractive error. He is the author of three textbooks, 16 book chapters and over 110 peer reviewed publications. He has been a member of the OPO Editorial board for more than five years, and has served as a topical editor for Optometry & Vision Science. 

Professor Rosenfield takes over from Professor David Elliott, Professor of Clinical Vision Science at the University of Bradford. For more than a decade, he has led OPO to its current position as the world’s leading international optometry research journal2, commissioning cutting-edge feature issues and guest editorials, as well as attracting original research and systematic reviews of the highest quality. OPO has been the top ranked international optometry research journal in the world for the past five years. 

Welcoming the appointment, Ian Humphreys, CEO of The College of Optometrists said: “We are delighted that Professor Rosenfield will be joining OPO as Editor-in-Chief. Taking over from Professor Dave Elliott, it’s exciting to have another experienced educator, researcher and clinician lead the publication. At a time when both the WHO and UN General Assembly have identified the need for increased investment in eye health research, his vital insight will help us ensure that we continue to make OPO a home for high quality, original research in vision science and optometry. I also want to thank and acknowledge Professor Elliott for his invaluable work in transforming OPO into the leading international optometry research journal.”

Speaking about his new role, Professor Rosenfield said: “I am delighted and honoured to be taking over the role of Editor-in-Chief of OPO.  In particular, to be following such esteemed individuals as Neil Charman, Bernard Gilmartin (my PhD advisor) and Christine Dickinson.  And of course, Dave Elliott will be a hard act to follow, given the outstanding job that he has done with the journal. But I am looking forward to the challenge of taking OPO onto the next level.”

Professor Rosenfield started in his role in May 2020 and his first issue as Editor-in-Chief will be published in September 2020. 


Notes to Editors

  1. The College of Optometrists is the professional body for optometry. We qualify the profession and deliver guidance and training that ensures optometrists provide the best possible care. We promote excellence through the College’s affixes, by building the evidence base for optometry, and raising awareness of the profession with the public, commissioners, and health care professionals.
  2. First published in 1925, Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics (OPO), is the research journal of The College of Optometrists, available free for all members. OPO is an international, interdisciplinary journal that addresses basic and applied questions pertinent to contemporary research in vision science and optometry. It publishes original research papers, technical notes, reviews and letters and will interest researchers, educators and clinicians concerned with the development, use and restoration of vision. For the past five years OPO has been the top ranked international optometry research journal. 2018 2-Year Impact Factor: 2.561; 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.84.  2018 ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 18/60 (Ophthalmology). CiteScore: 2.01; ranked 1/8 in Optometry, 26/189 in Ophthalmology. SCImago Journal Ranking: 1.061; ranked Q1 in Optometry (1/10) and Ophthalmology (25/121).
  3. Professor David Elliott is Professor of Clinical Vision Science at the University of Bradford. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics (OPO) in 2009, and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the College of Optometrists in 2019. He will stand down from the editorship after the July 2020 issue.

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