Optics Journal was created, and first published, in the year 1997 and is registered in Monroe County, New York, USA. Originally this pioneering site was introduced to integrate information on optics, tunable lasers, and some aspects of physics. In 1997 and years thereafter it was the first site of its kind. From 2007 to 2009 Optics Journal published submitted papers in optics and lasers free of charge to its authors. That model was modified to focus on the publication of brief book reviews, editorials, and essays. Optics Journal has also published, and will continue to publish, biographical books (relevant to optics and physics) either in electronic form, printed format, or both.