Focus and Coverage
Journal of Applied Physics (JAP) is an influential international journal publishing significant new experimental and theoretical results of applied physics research. The journal also publishes special collections focusing on research of particular current or emerging interest.
Topics covered in Journal of Applied Physics are diverse and reflect the most current applied physics research, including:
- * Applied Biophysics
- * Dielectrics, Ferroelectrics & Multiferroics
- * Electrical Discharges; Plasmas; and Plasma-Surface Interactions
- * Emerging; Interdisciplinary; and Other Fields of Applied Physics
- * Magnetism; Spintronics; and Superconductivity
- * Organic-Inorganic Systems; including Organic Electronics
- * Photonics; Plasmonics; Photovoltaics; Lasers; Optical Materials and Phenomena
- * Physics of Devices and Sensors
- * Physics of Materials; Including Electrical; Thermal; Mechanical and Other Properties
- * Physics of Matter under Extreme Conditions
- * Physics of Nanoscale; Mesoscale; and Low-Dimensional Systems
- * Physics of Semiconductors
- * Thin Films; Interfaces; and Surfaces
Journal of Applied Physics is pleased to announce that Applied Physics Reviews, which was a successful key component of JAP, is being published as a stand-alone journal starting in 2014. Applied Physics Reviews contains review articles of important and current topics of experimental or theoretical research in applied physics and applications of physics to other branches of science and engineering.
Applied Physics Reviews is the new, dedicated home for cutting-edge reviews in applied physics. Go to the Applied Physics Reviews site for more information.
2015 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2016)*:
Journal of Applied Physics is second most highly cited
journal in Applied Physics (Thomson Reuters, 2015)
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* Data from the 2015 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2016).
André Anders (click for biography)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA
P. James Viccaro
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Christian Brosseau (click for biography)
Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France
Laurie E. McNeil (click for biography)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Simon R. Phillpot (click for biography)
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
(North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC , USA)
(Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA)
Marcela Bilek (University of Sydney, Australia)
Robert C. Birtcher (Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA)
Jaime Gómez Rivas
(FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
(Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA)
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA)
Belita Koiller (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
R. K. Kotnala
(National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, India)
(University of Washington, USA)
Wei Lu (Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Shanghai, China)
(University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
François M. Peeters
(University of Antwerp, Belgium)
(Peking University, Beijing, China)
(Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France)
(Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, USA)
(University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)
(University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA)
(Osaka University, Osaka, Japan)
(CIC nanoGune Consolider, San Sebastian, Spain)
Kin Man Yu (City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
||P. James Viccaro
||Stephen J. Rothman
||Gilbert J. Perlow
||Foster F. Rieke
||Frank E. Myers
||J. H. Crawford, Jr.
||James A. Krumhansl
||Robert L. Sproull
||John T. Tate (Physics)
Editorial Advisory Board
Chair: David G. Cahill (University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA)
Badreddine Assouar (Université de Lorraine and CNRS, Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, France)
Che Ting Chan (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
Xi-Qiao Feng (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Anna Fontcuberta i Morral (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne- EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)
Christine Luscombe (University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA)
Kevin L. Jensen (Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA)
José Menéndez (Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA)
Andreas Ney (Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria)
Jochen M. Schneider (RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany)
Thomas Zac Ward (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN)
Junqiao Wu (University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA)
Mingzhong Wu(Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA)
The Review Process
Journal of Applied Physics (JAP) is published by AIP Publishing. The Editor-in-Chief, aided by the Associate Editors and the Editorial Board, is responsible for the scientific content and other editorial matters relating to the Journal. Manuscripts submitted are first screened by the editors; those on subject matters within the scope of the Journal are sent to an expert referee for evaluation and may be sent to a second reviewer if necessary. This two-tier screening process helps to assure an appropriate focus as well as high scientific quality of the Journal.
Manuscripts submitted to the Journal that have been previously peer-reviewed for Applied Physics Letters must include a response or rebuttal of the original review as well as a list of changes. Consideration of these submissions is at the discretion of the Journal.
Authors of scientific publications in the Journal are jointly responsible for their content. Credit for the content and responsibility for errors or fraud are borne equally by all authors.
An author may appeal the Editor-in-Chief's decision to reject a manuscript by making a request to the Editor-in-Chief that the case by reviewed by the Publisher at AIP Publishing. The Publisher will not make direct decisions whether or not a paper should be accepted for publication, but rather will assess whether procedures were followed properly. Additional rounds of review or adjudication would only be called for if proper procedures were not followed.
Criteria for Publication
Content. Journal of Applied Physics has published thousands of articles with the charge of disseminating research to the applied physics community. Today’s applied physicists simply do not have time to read all of the papers published per year and primarily seek to learn about the significant developments. Therefore, to better serve the applied physics community, the Journal is seeking to make sure it consistently delivers the high impact, noteworthy content that the community wants. As a result, Journal of Applied Physics is redefining its criteria for acceptance.
Our new editorial standards stipulate that, in addition to the focus on applied physics, a submitted manuscript needs to meet at least one of the following criteria to be considered:
- * Contains research that makes a significant advance in contemporary applied physics
- * Is new research that influences the direction of applied physics,
- * Develops innovative technology using underlying physical principles,
- * Presents scientific advances to modern problems across multiple disciplines, or
- * Is research that enables real world applications.
A note on Materials Science: Journal of Applied Physics welcomes manuscripts on materials science if the work includes detailed physical interpretation of processes and properties. Manuscripts focusing on synthesis and characterization only, without an analysis that significantly advances the underlying physics, are not appropriate for submission to Journal of Applied Physics.
Novelty. Papers must contain new results to be published. Submission of an article implies that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. Material previously published in a letters journal or in conference proceedings can be included in an article in the Journal if the article contains significantly more detail and/or results, leading to a substantially improved understanding of the subject. Figures, tables, or text material should not be repeated. Claims of novelty such as “novel” or "for the first time" should be avoided, even when qualified by escape clauses such as "to our knowledge." Trust the readers to know when something is new and when it is not.
Language. Papers must be written in standard American English. This is the responsibility of the author, not the editors. Papers below the standard for the Journal will be returned to the authors for rewriting and can be rejected for this reason alone. Such problems may be avoided and publication expedited if the manuscript is edited by an English-speaking colleague or a professional editing service before the initial submission.
Length. Journal of Applied Physics publishes full length, in-depth contributions, however, the length of a paper should be kept to the minimum consistent with comprehensibility. Papers occupying more than ten printed pages in the Journal will be assessed a mandatory "excess page fee" of $150 per additional page. The length of the abstract should not exceed one-third of a printed page.
Format. Instructions to contributors are published in the front of the Journal twice a year, and are posted on the Journal's web page. Because of rapid changes in publication technology, authors are asked to follow the instructions for preparation of figures with particular care.
Patents. Submission of manuscripts that contain ideas which may be patentable is at the author's risk, and neither Journal of Applied Physics nor AIP Publishing assumes any responsibility in this regard.
Byline. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all authors approve the inclusion of their names on the byline. If the name of a co-author is removed, the approval of all original authors is required. A co-author being added must send his approval in writing. Papers are not published until the required signatures are received.
Equal Contribution Footnote. Because being the first author on a paper indicates to the scientific community that this individual did the bulk of the experimental work, it is sometimes necessary for the authors to indicate that more than one person is responsible for the experiments. This is indicated by a footnote (alphabetic) after the authors' names on the author line of the title page and by a footnote at the bottom of the Title page. The following form is used to indicate equal contributions:
a)S. Smith and O. Jones contributed equally to this work.
Serial Publication. Publication of ongoing work in a series of papers is strongly discouraged. Instead, a single comprehensive article should be submitted
Copyright. Authors publishing in the Journal of Applied Physics will retain copyright and are required to complete an exclusive license to publish agreement. It is a tradition of long standing that submission to the Journal implies that the work has neither been previously copyrighted nor accepted for publication elsewhere. Since completion of the License to Publish Agreement is required before publication, electronic acceptance of the Agreement during the submission process can prevent unnecessary delays. The Journal of Applied Physics. also requires authors to inform the editors if a paper has been previously submitted to another journal, whether or not it is currently active with that journal. AIP Publishing grants to the author(s) of papers submitted to the Journal of Applied Physics the right to post their accepted manuscript anywhere on the Web immediately after acceptance by AIP Publishing. In addition, 12 months after publication, the final AIP Publishing version may be posted on the author's personal website, the author's institutional website, or in an institutional or funder-designated repository. It is also possible to create a link to the Journal of Applied Physics publication.
Comments and Responses. The Journal publishes Comments. The purpose of a Comment is to correct significant errors in articles published in the Journal, to take issue with the conclusions reached, or to provide additional insight or corroboration.
Comments must be concise, substantive, and free of polemics. They must address scientific issues only. Comments on questions of priority or calling attention to an oversight in a reference list do not benefit our readers enough to be published and can be settled by the author of the original paper by writing an Addendum. If the author of the Comment is wrong, or if he/she has simply misunderstood the original, it will be best to settle the matter privately.
The Comment usually does not exceed 3 printed pages. The title should read: Comment on "original title" [J. Appl. Phys., vol., page (year)]. The author is given an opportunity to reply. The Response should take up no more than one printed page. The title should read: Response to "Comment on 'original title' " [J. Appl. Phys., vol., page (year)].
The Comment and Response will then be reviewed. If the Comment is rejected, neither will be published. If the Response alone is rejected, the Comment will be published without the Response. No further exchange beyond this point can be considered for publication.
Errata. The Journal publishes errata, in which authors correct significant errors of substance in their published manuscripts. The title should read: Erratum: "original title" [J. Appl. Phys., vol., page(year)]. This is followed by the authors' names and institutions, and the text of the corrected version. Errata should be as short as consistent with clarity.
Supplemental Material. The Editors and AIP Publishing encourage authors to submit supplemental material that may only be of interest to a few readers who are working on the problem for example, for publication alongside their manuscript. Long data tables, large numbers of figures, and long and detailed portions of text not necessary for an overall understanding of the scientific argument of the paper are appropriate. Supplemental material is linked to the electronic version of the journal and is immediately available to the interested reader. Long data sets are more useful to the reader when published this way as there is at least the possibility of electronic manipulation by the reader. There is no restriction on the format of supplemental files, but the Editors strongly encourage the use of ASCII text for the presentation of data. Word processing packages change in time, and ASCII text files are more likely to be readable in the future. Formats such as PDF and PostScript that cannot be edited are less useful to the reader who wishes to manipulate the data.
Review articles. Applied Physics Reviews are no longer published in the Journal. Due to its success, Applied Physics Reviews is now a stand-alone journal. Please go to the Applied Physics Reviews site for more information.
Retraction and Correction Policies
AIP Publishing takes its responsibility to maintain the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record of our content for all end users very seriously. AIP Publishing places great importance on the authority of articles after they have been published and our policy is based on best practice in the academic publishing community. Changes to articles after they have been published online may only be made under the circumstances outlined in AIP Publishing's Retraction and Correction Policies which can be accessed here.
If it is decided that your manuscript is not suitable for publication in Journal of Applied Physics, it is possible to transfer your manuscript, without resubmitting, to AIP Advances for immediate consideration. AIP Advances is a peer-reviewed, fully open access journal covering all areas of the physical sciences. Articles published in the journal are always freely accessible to download without a subscription.
If you choose to transfer your manuscript to AIP Advances, any reviewer reports and Editor recommendations will be transferred along with the manuscript to facilitate a rapid decision. Once transferred, your article may be published online within 14 days, depending on the initial reviewer feedback and Editor decision. This option may save you up to eight months by avoiding the resubmission and re-review process associated with submitting your manuscript to another journal. For more information about AIP Advances, visit aipadvances.aip.org.
If you wish to transfer your manuscript to another AIP Publishing journal, please review their respective descriptions here and email the editorial office with a request to transfer.
Please note that transferring manuscript files does not guarantee that the manuscript will be considered by the receiving journal; manuscripts must meet that respective journal’s acceptance criteria.
Page & Open Access Charges
To support the cost of wide dissemination of research results through publication of journal pages and production of a database of articles, the author's institution is requested to pay a page charge of $60 per page (with a one-page minimum) and an article charge of $20 per article. For Errata the minimum page charge is $60, with no article charge.
For any regular, published article that exceeds ten (10) journal pages, a mandatory $150 page charge will be added for each page in excess of ten (10) pages.
Through participation in Author Select® and payment of an $2200 fee in support of both publication and archiving costs, authors can provide free online access to a published article, in perpetuity, to any online user. More details on this option may be found in the Open Access Publication section of this website. Authors may indicate their intention to participate in Author Select when submitting new or revised manuscripts at the journal’s submission website. Payment of the $2200 Author Select fee must be paid prior to publication of your article.
Information regarding payment of these charges will be provided following acceptance for publication. Inquiries concerning page charge and open access fees should be addressed to:
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Authors or their institutions must bear the cost of any color they wish to use in the printed journal. As of 1 January 2009, a fixed rate of $325 for each color figure applies for color in print. For multipart figures, a single charge will apply only if all parts are submitted as a single piece of artwork.
For color in the printed journal, authors are required to sign an acknowledgment of color charges prior to publication of an article with color figures. When ordering reprints with color, authors will be charged an additional $40 per color page per 100 reprints.
Direct inquiries concerning free online color and color printing charges to AIP Production Services.
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