Journals in Physics and Astronomy

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At Elsevier our goal is simple: to ensure researchers receive the support they need. With over 100 years of experience in publishing high-quality Physics journals,we have learned to recognize the specific needs of the Physics community and how to help you excel and to build your career. How do we do this? We publish 79 Physics journals in various fields to enable publication in various disciplines, to encourage communication within and across disciplines and to further develop new interdisciplinary fields.

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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.

To ensure our journal standards remain high, we have invited top Editors from our renowned, reputable journals onto the board. You as an author benefit from their expert input, while being able to fulfil your gold OA needs.

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Focus on Journals in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Over 20 journals covering space research, astronomy and astrophysics.

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optics journals

Focus on Journals in Optics

10 journals across the entire optics spectrum.

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Rethink the way you publish

Writing, submitting and publishing your research takes up a lot of time and energy. We develop faster, more effective and truly innovative solutions to improve the manuscript submission and peer review process.

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Publish Data & Software

What happens to data, software, materials and methods when your research project is finished?

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New journals



A new gold open access journal from Cell Press, promotes all types of research outputs and facilitates sharing and collaboration to solve key scientific problems and aid in the development of solutions for practice, policies, and management.
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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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New gold open access mirror journals in Physics and Astronomy

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

Chemical Physics Letters: X

The open access mirror journal of
Chemical Physics Letters
Optical Materials: X

The open access mirror journal of
Optical Materials

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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Journal Metrics

The academic community has demanded more choice, accuracy and insight into journal performance, and Elsevier has responded with new metrics. CiteScore is one of these new metrics and is a simple way of measuring the citation impact of sources, such as journals.

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Fast publication

Elsevier aims to offer you the fastest possible speed of publication, without compromising on the quality of our peer-review process. This is a promise the editorial and publishing teams work hard to keep.


Kate Keahey, Editor in Chief of Software X, received the 2019 IEEE “Women in Service Computing” award

Service computing is a cross-disciplinary area that bridges the gap between business and IT services; its scope includes web services, cloud computing, enabling infrastructures, and applications using Web services.

The award, presented by the IEEE Technical Committee on Services Computing (TCSVC), recognizes Kate's technical contributions in cloud computing and her leadership in providing services to the scientific computing community. To learn more about Kate’s award and her work, see the dedicated webpage of the Argonne National Laboratory.

Congratulations Kate!