APR is now accepting submissions from authors looking for a top-tier journal to publish important discoveries, with a dedicated team committed to maximizing the impact of their papers. Read 5 Facts about APR or continue reading below.
APR aims to publish original research that has the potential to influence thinking in the field or makes a fundamental discovery or represents a significant advance in understanding of an existing problem. APR features articles on important and current topics in experimental or theoretical research in applied physics or applications of physics to other branches of science and engineering.
APR publishes only two article types – Reviews and Original Research. Research articles should report on important and novel research studies of general interest to the applied physics community.
All submissions that merit it will receive a fair and rigorous peer review. Final editorial decisions for APR will be made by an internal team of full-time professional editors.
APR doesn’t have any page limits, so your paper can be comprehensive. We think that all the information a reader needs to understand your research belongs in the actual paper. That said, we will accept supplemental information, and we strongly encourage you to make your data available when you can.
APR is a quarterly journal, and articles are published online as they are accepted so you can share your research sooner. The journal welcomes high level submissions in all areas of applied physics.
To put it simply, we believe that publishing should be rewarding. APR is committed to:
Superior editorial and customer service. We’re here for you throughout the submission, review and publication process, and we’ll treat your manuscript like it’s our own. Publishing should be easy, not stressful.
Making your paper the best it can be. We’ll provide expert editorial guidance and fair and constructive peer review along with the highest quality production values to help your paper make the best possible impact.
Making sure your work gets the visibility it deserves. You worked hard on your research, and we’ll work hard to make sure it’s discovered, read and cited. APR has an expansive global readership, and post-production marketing efforts highlight new discoveries to the research community.
Serving the physical science community. As part of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), AIP Publishing supports AIP’s programs to advance physics through collaboration and outreach, scientific communication, public policy, and educational programs.
Ten guidelines for a successful APR submission
Our mission as publishers is to find important content and make sure the world sees it, and we need your help. You can ensure that your work is easily found, broadly read, and as impactful as possible by submitting the strongest version of your paper. These ten guidelines will help you do exactly that:
- Do great research. Publishing starts with new and surprising results.
- Self-evaluate and be critical. We are not interested in publishing incremental new steps, so be as honest with yourself as you can be when answering these questions:
Is this result really novel? Will attract interest? Do the data support the claim? It always helps to talk to colleagues, including those outside your field. Gauge their interest, check if your results surprise them.
- You have now established that your research has what it takes. Write it up. And write it up well!
- Sure, you know how to write a paper, but here’s some extra advice from us about the main components of your article.
- The Title. This is your paper’s headline. You want to use it to invite the reader in. Make sure it has the right keywords – just one or two – don’t overdo it. Just make sure it is engaging and at the same time provides enough details to the reader.
- The Abstract. Abstracts are crucial. This is where the reader decides if your paper is worth reading. You need to provide enough context and details that your reader can understand what you have done, how you did it, and why it was important. You need to clearly state what gap in knowledge you are trying to fill, how your result impacts the field, and what advances you have made to reduce or fill the gap.
- The Main Text. Your title and abstract have brought the reader here. You still need to elaborate on your main idea. Now, tell a story. Use figures and tables but make sure they fit well with your text. Use proper scientific writing and be accurate in your definitions. Be brief, there’s no need to repeat yourself. And most important, be clear. We like papers written with active voice, and readers like them too.
- Figures. Your paper does not have to be an advanced literary work, and your figures do not need to be a work of art. But attractive and well thought out figures help readers understand your work. Time spent improving the clarity, flow, and presentation of your figures is time well spent.
- Supplemental Material. We do allow supplemental material however we prefer comprehensive papers that include all the information that a reader needs to understand your research. That’s why APR doesn’t have any restrictions on how long your paper can be.
- Write a good cover letter. A good cover letter is very useful for the editors. You don’t need to be formal in your letter, but you need to explain the appeal of your work. We will know if you are overselling it, so don’t! This is also your opportunity to tell us of possible conflicts and who should not be a referee for your paper (and why). We also like to know if you have related papers in press or submitted elsewhere, and how this one stands out.
Now your paper is ready. Go ahead and submit. We look forward to publishing your work!
Meet the Editor
Luigi Longobardi, Executive Editor
Luigi is a physicist by training, an editor at heart, and can bake an amazing loaf of sourdough bread. Before joining AIP Publishing, Luigi spent six years at the American Physical Society where he was the Assistant Editorial Director and where he worked on Physical Review B and Physical Review X and launched Physical Review Fluids and Physical Review Materials. Luigi received a Ph.D. in physics from Stony Brook University and was subsequently a Marie Curie Researcher in Napoli and then a Research Associate at Dartmouth College.
Yujun Wang, a table tennis enthusiast, knows just how important it is to respond to a serve with the appropriate speed and direction. This skill translates well to handling the influx of manuscript submissions to APR. Yujun received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University, and subsequently was a research associate at JILA, University of Colorado Boulder and NIST, followed by one year at JQI, University of Maryland and NIST. Yujun has also served as an Associate Editor for Physical Review A where he managed the peer review of manuscripts in areas of atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
Speed is important to Alina! That’s because in addition to science, she is an avid speed skater! She brings that passion for velocity and focused attention to APR’s original research manuscripts.
Alina received her Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham in the UK. She has held research positions at CNRS-CRISMAT in Caen, France, at the University of Texas in San Antonio, and more recently at the University of Maryland and NIST prior to joining AIP Publishing.
Her background is in electron microscopy and nanoscale physics, and she brings this expertise as well as an overall joy of science and positive energy to the in-house editorial team handling peer review for APR.
*2018 Journal Impact Factor Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)