January 19, 2011

American Physical Society Announces Physical Review X

An Open Access Journal covering Physics and its Application to Related Fields

RIDGE, NEW YORK — APS announces Physical Review X (PRX), an online, open access, primary research journal for authors in all fields of physics.

As broad in scope as physics itself, PRX will publish original, high quality, scientifically sound research that advances physics and will be of value to the global multidisciplinary readership. PRX will provide validation through prompt and rigorous peer review, and an open access venue in accord with the strong reputation of the Physical Review family of publications.

PRX’s Editor will be Jorge Pullin, Chair of the Horace C. Hearne, Jr. Institute for Theoretical Physics and professor in the Louisiana State University Center for Computation & Technology and Department of Physics and Astronomy. “I am very pleased to be the founding Editor,” said Pullin. “I view open access options as essential for the future of publishing.” Pullin received his Ph.D. from the Instituto Balseiro and has research interests in many aspects of gravitational physics, both classical and quantum mechanical. He is a fellow of the APS and AAAS, a member of APS Council, and has served on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Living Reviews in Relativity and New Journal of Physics.

Articles in PRX will be published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, leaving copyright with the authors. “Our decision to offer this license continues APS’s proud history of being progressive, but responsible, regarding the rights governing the articles it publishes,” said Gene D. Sprouse, APS Editor in Chief.

The funding required to make PRX freely available will derive from article-processing charges of $1500 per article. These will cover the expenses associated with peer review, composition, hosting, and archiving. “APS strives to be among the most cost-effective publishers in physics and is committed to a sustainable model that makes PRX affordable for authors and their funding agencies, nationally and internationally,” said Joseph W. Serene, APS Treasurer/Publisher.

A Call for Papers will be issued in March 2011 and the first article published in Fall 2011.

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