I used to be a member of the Optical Society of America (also, for a time, one of their editors), but I just learned that the society changed its name to Optica, which is also the name of one of their newer journals. They say this will not cause confusion, but I know people – anything can cause confusion.
The change does make sense. OSA’s membership came from all over the world, and neither rank and file nor officers were necessarily from the US. Calling it “Optica” emphasizes its international nature. It’s just a surprisingly sudden and unheralded change. If you go to their website, they say that it’s not sudden at all, that it was thirty years in the making ( Optics & Photonics News - The Story of Optica and About Our Brand | Optica ), but this is the first I’ve heard of the actual change.
Speaking of journals, I’m used to talking and writing about JOSA (The Journal of the Optical Society of America). What happens to that? Will it now be the jocular JO?