Aims and scope
Contemporary Physics presents authoritative, lucid, introductory review articles on important recent developments in physics that can be profitably read by all those who wish to keep abreast of the field, whether they be physicists, physical scientists, engineers, or biological scientists who are employed in higher education, teaching industry, and government.
Contemporary Physics is of particular use to undergraduates, teachers and lecturers and those starting postgraduate studies.
Readers should be able to understand the review without references to
other material, although authors should give reference to those who wish
to explore further.
All review articles published in Contemporary Physics have undergone
editorial screening and peer review by members of the editorial board.
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Peter L. Knight FRS - Imperial College London, London, UK
Martin Plenio - University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
Book Reviews Editor:
Peter Török - Imperial College London, London, UK
D. Bailin - Sussex University, Brighton, UK
F. Close OBE - University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
J. Eberly - University of Rochester, Rochester, USA
A. Fisher - University College London, London, UK
P. T. Greenland - University College London, London, UK
R. Joseph - University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA
A. J. Leggett KBE FRS - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
G. Leuchs - Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany
P. V. E. McClintock - University of Lancaster, Lancaster, UK
G. J. Milburn - University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
P. W. Milonni - Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, USA
A. Stefanovska - University of Lancaster, Lancaster, UK
R. C. Thompson - Imperial College London, London, UK
Guide to authors
Contemporary Physics considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to Contemporary Physics, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Authors who fail to adhere to this condition will be charged with all costs which Contemporary Physics incurs and their papers will not be published.
Contributions to Contemporary Physics should review important recent developments in physics and will be subjected to editorial screening and peer review by members of the editorial board.
Authors of solicited articles are encouraged to submit manuscripts via email attachment to the Editor, Professor Sir Peter Knight, or Associate Editor, Professor Martin Plenio. PDF is preferable to avoid format problems and a short biography (just a few lines) at the end of the article along with a photo should be included. Our readers like to know something about our authors and how they got involved in the subject of their article. Source files and graphics files will be requested if the manuscript is accepted for publication.
Unsolicited articles will occasionally be considered for publication. Abstracts for such papers should be sent to: Editor, Professor Sir Peter Knight, or Associate Editor, Professor Martin Plenio.
Authors interested in contributing a book review or essay review are encouraged to contact the Book Reviews Editor, Professor Peter Török, read the full guidelines to book reviewers and visit the Books Available for Review website.
Level of Introductory Reviews
Readers should be able to understand the review without references to other material, although authors should give reference to those who wish to explore further. We assume that our readers are mainly physicists and that they have a grasp of the fundamentals of physics. Some, however, may still be undergraduates; others may have completed their formal studies forty or so years ago. Some are teachers with broad interests; others are highly specialized research workers, perhaps in industry. Many readers will not have English as their first language, although authors may assume that they are reasonably competent in English.
Therefore, we ask authors to:
(1) Identify and explain the essential physics of the topic being discussed, with basic equations if appropriate. Experts tend to assume that the readers know more than they do and that they can immediately recall this knowledge precisely. Authors should supplement formal derivations by the type of explanation that imprints the results on the reader's mind.
(2) Relate the topic to more familiar concepts of physics. It is particularly helpful to put the subject in a broad context, either historical or in relation to other fields of physics, or to applications in industry.
- Papers are accepted only in English. British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
- A typical review is approximately 20 typescript pages (~8000-12000 words of main text in addition to figures). Papers that greatly exceed this will be critically reviewed with respect to length. Authors should include a word count with their manuscript.
- Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgments; notes on contributors (short biography and photo); appendices (as appropriate); references; table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).
- Abstracts of 100-150 words are required for all papers submitted.
- Each paper should have three to six keywords.
- Section headings should be concise and numbered sequentially, using a decimal system for subsections.
- All the authors of a paper should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers and email addresses on the cover page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the Corresponding Author.
- Please supply a short biographical note for each author; an author photograph may be submitted.
- For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms should not be used.
- Authors must adhere to SI units. Units are not italicised.
- When using a word which is or is asserted to be a proprietary term or trade mark, authors must use the symbol ® or TM.