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Latest addition to APS journal family begins publication in mid-2017
February 2, 2017
The American Physical Society has announced plans to launch Physical Review Materials, the latest addition to the APS family of research journals. This new publication will be positioned as 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 late February and APS expects to publish the first issue in the middle of 2017.
In a message to the leadership of APS 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. These groups, which include the APS Board and Council, the relevant APS Division Leaders, and the Lead Editors of the current Physical Review journals, have all indicated support for a journal of this type."
Meystre and Salter said that the field of materials research has grown rapidly and is increasingly interdisciplinary. "Whilst several journals in the current APS portfolio, including PRB, PRE, and PRApplied, publish excellent papers related to materials research, an opportunity exists for a journal that reaches a wider audience," they noted.
"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."
Look for updates on the new journal's website.