Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science

Scope Statement

Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS), published online several times a month, is an official journal of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), an international organization whose purpose is to advance research worldwide into understanding the visual system and preventing, treating and curing its disorders. Included are original contributions that emphasize clinical and laboratory hypothesis-based research with statistically valid results that clearly advance the fields of ophthalmic and vision research. IOVS de-emphasizes purely descriptive research. Subjects cover the 13 sections represented by ARVO's membership and the 3 ARVO cross-sectional groups. Short updates on notable new developments in important research areas are also published, but only by invitation. Summaries of meetings/symposia and general review articles are not considered.

Editorial Board Member (EBM) List

Manuscript Submissions

Manuscripts must be submitted using the IOVS manuscript tracking system at Please see for manuscript preparation and submission instructions.

Impact Factor

Impact factor for 2019: 3.470, ranked #10 of 60 in the category Ophthalmology
The 2019 impact factor represents the number of citations in 2019 to articles published in 2017 and 2018, divided by the total number of articles published in 2017 and 2018.
Total Cites: 52,362, #1 of 60
2020 Release of Journal Citation Reports; Source: 2019 Web of Science Data


h5-index: 69, ranked #2 of 20 in Ophthalmology & Optometry
The current h5-index is the largest number h such that h articles published in the last 5 years (2013-2017) have at least h citations each.

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Open Access/Subscriptions

IOVS is now open access, beginning with articles published in January 2016. All back content published prior to 2016, while not fully open access, is freely accessible. No subscriptions are needed. For more information about IOVS's move to open access, please click here.


Editor-in-Chief: Donald C. Hood, PhD
Director of Journals: Jon Mallett
Journals Manager: Debbie Chin
Manager, Editorial Operations: Kiyah Morrison
Editorial Coordinator: Gabriella Kottke-Román

IOVS Editorial Office
5515 Security Lane, Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20852
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