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APS Announces Physical Review Special Topics Series

The APS has established a new peer reviewed electronic journal, Physical Review Special Topics: Accelerators and Beams (PRST-AB). To begin publication in April, the journal is the first in what will eventually become a series of Special Topics journals, according to APS Editor-in-Chief Martin Blume. PRST-AB will be distributed without charge, with no submittal or publication charges for the foreseeable future.

The new journal is the result of extensive study by the APS and its Division of the Physics of Beams, in recognition of the need for a wide ranging and widely distributed peer reviewed journal for their field. While some papers on particle accelerators appear in Physical Review Letters and Physical Review E, results on work in this field of a more technical nature usually are not deemed appropriate for those journals. As a result, the accelerator literature has been fragmented among many journals. PRST-AB is intended to consolidate the literature.

"We are delighted to be able to offer to the accelerator physics and technology community a journal in which the full range of accelerator science and technology is collected in one place, which will be widely distributed, and which will have the high standards and the name of the highly regarded Physical Reviews," said Blume.

The scope of the journal will cover the full range of accelerator science and technology: subsystem and component technologies; beam dynamics; applications of accelerators; and design, operation, and improvement of accelerators used in science and industry. This will include high energy and nuclear physics, synchrotron radiation production, spallation neutron sources, medical therapy, and intense beam applications, among others. Acceptance criteria for articles will maintain the high scholarly and technical standards of the other APS journals.

Robert Siemann of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center will serve as editor of the new journal, along with a distinguished international group of experts in all areas of accelerator physics and technology who will serve as members of the Editorial Board. These members include Ilan Ben-Zvi, (Brookhaven National Laboratory), Michael Craddock (TRIUMF), Helen Edwards (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory), John Galayda (Argonne National Laboratory), Chandrashekhar Joshi (University of California, Los Angeles), Peter Schmueser (DESY), and Shin-ichi Kurokawa (KEK).

All aspects of journal production will be handled electronically, from submittal through refereeing and copy editing, to production and distribution. The APS will ensure the continued availability of the electronic archive of these journals through future changes in electronic publishing technology. A suite of authoring tools will be made available, and article submissions will be accepted in a modified REVTeX and in Microsoft Word. Guidelines for authors and for referees will be available electronically through the APS publications homepage along with instructions for submittal. Papers may be submitted beginning March 1, 1998.


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