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Author Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to Papers in Physics must contain substantial new results and ideas that advance in a non-trivial way our knowledge of Physics. Authors must ensure that any submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.. Authors must decide at submission time the editorial protocol that Papers in Physics should apply to the manuscript: traditional review or open review (see below for details).

Authors must coply with the journal ethical guidelines.

Papers in Physics has no page limits; however, authors should consider that lengthy manuscripts may require longer processing times and may result in a higher cost. Authors are encouraged to publish supplementary material (photographs, tables, program codes, videos, etc.) along with the article. There is no extra cost for the publication of supplementary material nor for color figures in the manuscript.

Author publication charges until December 2017 are set to USD100 per article (up to 4 pages in final form) plus USD15 per extra page.

Papers in Physics has a copyleft policy. Authors must agree to let the article in the public domain. A general non-exclusive license is given to use, reproduce, and create derivative work with any purpose under the only restriction that the original must be cited. This corresponds to Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Published articles are made available free of charge to all readers. Moreover, a copy of the final published version of the paper is stored by the editors in the arXiv database.

Traditional review
In traditional review, manuscripts are submitted to anonymous reviewers seeking constructive criticism and editors make a decision as to whether publication is appropriate.

Open review
In open review, manuscripts are sent to reviewers. If the paper is considered original and technically sound, the article, the reviewer's comments and the author's reply are published alongside the names of all involved. This way, Papers in Physics promotes the open discussion of controversies among specialists that are of help to the reader and to the transparency of the editorial process. Moreover, our reviewers receive their due recognition by publishing a recorded citable report.

Manuscript preparation
Please, use the LaTeX class and template provided to prepare your manuscript. Microsoft Word, OpenOffice and other formats may be processed. However, note that the extra cost associated with format translation will be charged to the author if the paper is accepted for publication. Currently, we charge an additional USD 100 up to 4 pages plus USD 15 per extra page, for the format translation.

Manuscripts must be written in English following American spelling.
Title: It must be informative and brief.
Authors: Use full given names or capital initials followed by periods. Family name must be written in full. Separate authors' names by commas only.
Address: Provide postal address for each author. Use Arabic superscripts to link authors to addresses.
Abstract: Aim at less than 500 words. Clearly indicate the system under consideration, the properties studied, the methods used and the main conclusions drawn in the paper.
Text: Separate the text in sections beginning by "Introduction" and ending with "Conclusions".
Figures: Use Encapsulated Postscript format for images. The use of color is encouraged. Introduce appropriate captions for each figure.
Tables: Avoid introducing large tables; these can be submitted as Supplementary Material.
Equations: Equations must be numbered sequentially.
Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements to individuals and institutions must be given just before the first Appendix or the References.
Appendices: Introduce as appendix any detailed material that may divert attention to the main subject in the text.
References: Citations must appear numbered sequentially and in squared brackets, e.g. [2] in the text. The list of references at the end of the manuscript must comply with the following style

  • Journal Articles: Comma separated Authors' names (initial, with no periods, and family name), Full title of the article (italic), Abbreviated journal title, volume (bold), first page (or article number), (year).
    • A J Davis, L A Pinstrou, G McClon, Magnetic resonance in selenia compounds, Phys. Rev. B 40, 10293 (1984).
  • Books: Comma separated Authors' names (initial, with no periods, and family name), Full title of the book (italic), Editorial, City, (year).
    • H N Juan, Introduction to solid state physics, Klumer, New York (2000).
  • Book chapter: Comma separated Authors' names (initial, with no periods, and family name), Full title of the chapter (italic), In:, Book title, Eds., Comma separated Editors' manes, Pag., Page number, Editorial, City, (year).
    • O O'Sullivan, Computing quaternions, In: The art of numerical manipulation, Eds. A Q Rista, M Nadola, Pag. 132, North Holland, Amsterdam (2003).

Supplementary material

Papers in Physics encourages authors to submit supplementary material for the benefit of reviewers and readers. These may include images, videos, lengthy tables, software source code, lengthy details of experiments, calculations or protocols, etc.
Please, state in the cover letter to the Editors the intent (i.e., for reviewers only, or for publication) of each item included as supplementary material. Supplementary material is subjected to the same licencing as the manuscript if accepted for publication.

Online submission
  • Prepare a PDF version of your article to submit for reviewing. This file must contain the full text, references, figures, tables, and any other material intended to be part of the final published article.
  • Attach the LaTeX text and EPS figures (packed in a single ZIP file), and any supplementary material as "supplementary files" along with any other required file (bibliography file, videos, images, tables). Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, and other formats may be processed. Notice that the costs of format translation will be charged to the authors.
  • In your cover letter (in the submission process this is called Notes to the Editors), state if the manuscript should be treated as open review or traditional review.
  • In your cover letter (in the submission process this is called Notes to the Editors), state the contribution made by each author of the manuscript. This is important to help the Editors in overseeing compliance with the journal ethical guidelines.
  • In your cover letter (in the submission process this is called Notes to the Editors), state the intent of each item of supplementary material.
  • In your cover letter (in the submission process this is called Notes to the Editors), include a list of colleagues that you believe are suitable as reviewers of your manuscript. Please, include as many as possible and provide: full names, affiliations and E-mail addresses.
  • If the manuscript is accepted for publication, Papers in Physics will bring the attention of colleagues that may find the paper interesting for their research. Please, provide a list of colleagues that may be interested.
  • When entering title and abstract in the submission process use LaTeX commands for special symbols and formulas, e.g., $\sqrt{2}$.

Sample cover letter (in the submission process this is called Notes to the Editors)

Dear Editor,

Please, consider the following when handling this submission:

Review scheme: open review/traditional review

Contributions: Authors A and B designed and performed the experiment, Author C developed the theoretical calculations, Author D performed the statistical analysis, all authors contributted equaly to the preparation of the manuscript.

Supplementary material: image1.jpg (for reviewers), image2.jpg (for publication), video1.mpeg (for publication)...

Suitable reviewers:

Dr. Andrew Smith, University of Physics (Amsterdam, The Netherlands),

Prof. Bry Chan, Physics Institute (Colorado, USA),

Post edition
After acceptance, manuscripts are reviewed by our Copyeditors for English and style correctness. Proofs and marked copyedited manuscripts are sent to the corresponding author for approval. Please, reply withing 48 hours with any required changes (only corrections of typos are accepted upon proofs).


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration, nor will it be under consideration by another journal while it is considered here.
  2. The submission file is a PDF document containing the full text, figures and references, ready to be used for reviewing.
  3. Supplementary files include at least the LaTeX source and EPS images. Additional files may be submited for the benefit of reviewers and/or for publication as Auxilliary Material. Indicate the intent of each file in your note to the Editors.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. The authors comply with the journal ethical guidelines.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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