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Physics Open - A new broad scope open access journal

Meet Physics Open, the newest addition to Elsevier’s gold open access journal suite. Physics Open welcomes research from all main areas in physics and related areas – whether that be applied, experimental or theoretical physics in nature.

Physics Open sits right beside your favourite physics journal(s), offering you an expert-led open access option.

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Focus on Journals in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Over 20 journals covering space research, astronomy and astrophysics.

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Focus on Journals in Optics

10 journals across the entire optics spectrum.

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Open access for Physics journals: What are your options?

There are many options within Elsevier Physics to publish your next article open access. Most of our journals are either full open access or offer an open access option.

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Featured special issues

All featured special issues are free to read until 31st December 2020

Tributes of Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Edited by Massimiliano Esposito, Joseph O. Indekeu

Recycling of Batteries and Electronics

Sustainable Materials and Technologies
Edited by Linda Gaines, Jeffrey Spangenberger

Ultrafast Magnetism: To the Memory of Prof. Jean-Yves Bigot and Eric Beaurepaire

Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
Edited by Oksana Chubykalo-Fesenko, Alexei Kimel, Mircea Vomir

Celebrating 50 years of CPC

Computer Physics Communications
Edited by N. S. Scott, A. Hibbert, J. Ballantyne, S. Fritzsche, A. L. Hazell, D. P. Landau, D. W. Walker, Z. Was

Physics of Mind

Physics of Life Reviews
Edited by Felix Schoeller

Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and their connection to Space Weather

Advances in Space Research
Edited by Sergio Dasso, M. A Shea

Modeling and forecasting of epidemic spreading: the case of Covid-19 and beyond

Chaos, Solitons & Fractals
Edited by Stefano Boccaletti, Abdon Atangana, Gabriel B. Mindlin, William Ditto

Hybrid Advanced Oxidation Processes involving Ultrasound

Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Edited by Claudia Bianchi, Daria-Camilla Boffito

NANO-optics and NANOphotonics and its applications

Optics & Laser Technology
Edited by Orlando Frazão, Ignacio del Villar, José Fabris, Yuan Gong

Laser Interactions with Materials: from Fundamentals to Applications

Applied Surface Science
Edited by Bilal Gökce, Mihaela Filipescu, Stephan Barcikowski

Eliashberg theory at 60: Strong-coupling superconductivity and beyond

Annals of Physics
Edited by Victor Galitski, Leonid Levitov, Yuli Nazarov

New gold open access mirror journals in Physics and Astronomy

Same scope. Same editorial board. Same quality. Two journals.

Optical Materials: X

The open access mirror journal of
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SCOAP3 extended until 2022

The SCOAP3 Collaboration announces today that CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, as ‘host organization’ of SCOAP3 has signed contracts with 11 leading commercial and society publishers to extend this large-scale Open Access initiative for a 3rd three-year term, covering the years 2020-2022. With the conclusion of the formal contracts, SCOAP3 will continue supporting authors worldwide to publish their research Open Access at no cost or burden.

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Scientific African wins the PROSE Award for Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine

SCIAF Cover The Award for Best New Journal in Science, Technology and Medicine went to Scientific African. PROSE honors the best in professional and scholarly publishing, as judged by peer publishers, librarians, academics and medical professionals.

The awards were presented at the 44th annual PROSE Awards conference of the Association of American Publisher’s Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division in Washington, DC on February 18th 2020.

Congratulations to our authors and editors for creating outstanding content that demonstrates exceptional scholarship and have made a significant contribution to the field of Science, Technology and Medicine.

You can read all about the awards on the PROSE website
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Editor-in-Chief Benji Gyampoh. Scientific African is owned by the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) and operated by the NEF Community of Scientists

Congratulations to Prof. Himanshu Jain, winner of the 2020 N.F. Mott Award

H. JainProfessor Himanshu Jain, Materials Science and Engineering department, Lehigh University, Bethlemhem, PA, USA is the winner of the 2020 N.F Mott Award, the senior scientist award for outstanding contributions to the science of Non-Crystalline Solids over many years.

The Award consists of a certificate and USD 2,000 and is sponsored by the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (JNCS).

Professor Himanshu Jain contributed extensively to understanding the electrical properties of glasses, chalcogenide glasses, bioactive glasses, and laser-induced crystallization. He stands among the twenty most prolific researchers of the glass community and is also one of the five most active authors of the JNCS

The N.F Mott Award was virtually presented on 21 September 2020 by the Editors and Publisher of the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids

View the collection of articles published by Himanshu Jain in JNCS here

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