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Physical Review Materials


APS has launched Physical Review Materials, a broad-scope international journal for high-quality papers from physicists, materials scientists, chemists, engineers, and researchers in related disciplines. The initial call for papers is scheduled for mid- March 2017, and APS expects to publish the first issue in mid-2017.

In a message to the leadership of member units, APS Editor in Chief Pierre Meystre and APS Publisher Matthew Salter noted that "The decision to launch PRMaterials was made following intensive consultation with a wide variety of stakeholder groups within APS and the broader materials research community."

"Behind every giant technological development we can find a number of new materials," said Mu Wang, an editor of the new journal. "Materials physics, in fact, is strongly associated with condensed matter physics, chemistry, metallurgy, crystallography, and so forth. It is interdisciplinary."

"I believe there is a unique value to a materials research journal with the same high standards for peer review as the other Physical Review journals," said Managing Editor Athanasios Chantis. "Physical Review Materials will give APS a chance to play a leading role in this area."

"I’m delighted to welcome PRMaterials to our family of APS journals," said 2017 APS President Laura Greene. "As a materials physicist myself, I have felt the need for this journal. Pierre and Matthew worked closely with the APS Division of Materials Physics, the Division of Condensed Matter Physics, and many other relevant units to determine a well-defined scope and business model that will serve our community very well."

Watch for updates at the Journals PRMaterials page

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