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 our knowledge of the normal and abnormal processes impacting vision. 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 2020: 4.799, ranked #8 of 62 in the category Ophthalmology
The 2020 impact factor represents the number of citations in 2020 to articles published in 2018 and 2019, divided by the total number of articles published in 2018 and 2019.
Total Cites: 66,781, #1 of 62
2020 Release of Journal Citation Reports; Source: 2020 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  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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