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Reports on Progress in Physics

Evolving to meet the needs of the physics community

For nearly 90 years, Reports on Progress in Physics has been a trusted home for author-invited reviews extending across all areas of physics. Now, as part of a modernization of the journal that will make it even more valuable for physicists around the world for years to come, Reports on Progress in Physics has: 

  • opened for submissions of breakthrough original research in all areas of physics and related interdisciplinary areas
  • introduced an open access publishing option for all authors

This means you now have a new high prestige publishing option that will give you even more recognition and reach for your work through one of the world’s most influential physics journals – submit to Reports on Progress in Physics.

Introducing Dr. Gevaux, the new Chief Editor of Reports on Progress in Physics



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Why publish with Reports on Progress in Physics? 

A trusted home for your research  

You can expect a first-class publishing experience every time you submit to Reports on Progress in Physics. As well as extended visibility for your article from our high journal metrics (we currently have a 32.3 CiteScoreTM and an Impact factor of 18.10), we offer bespoke marketing support from our dedicated in-house team, with articles receiving selective coverage on the globally renowned science news platform Physics World.

A history of publishing highly influential research 

With nearly 90 years of experience publishing impactful review articles from some the world’s leading researchers, we are now expanding our reach to become the home for breakthrough original research that will have a long-term influence on the future direction of fields across the physical sciences.

Making your work easily discoverable 

Alongside opening for original research, we are pleased to be extending our publishing options to include open access (OA). Choosing OA for your article will improve your visibility and downloads. It also increases Altmetric scores and citations. Publishing OA may also mean your publishing fees could be covered by one of our transformative agreements.

Transparent peer review

We provide transparent peer review for all our open access content, meaning readers can see a paper’s full peer review history, including reviewer reports and editor decision letters. So, you can continue to expect adept guidance from our prestigious editorial board.

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Why review with Reports on Progress in Physics?

Get credit for your contribution  

Receive a 10% discount towards the cost of publishing gold OA in any IOP Publishing-owned journal within two years of your review: just a small thank you for making the journal what it is. You can formalize your contribution via the Web of Science Reviewer Recognition Service. You could also earn IOP trusted reviewer certification and receive an IOP Publishing Outstanding Reviewer Award.

Help train the scientists of tomorrow 

Our co-review policy allows two people to collaborate on a reviewer report, with both receiving recognition. We offer co-review in the hope that early-career researchers with limited experience of peer review can work together with more experienced colleagues or supervisors to build their peer review competency. Early career researchers can also benefit from our online peer review courses.

Play a part in curating the best research  

Reports on Progress in Physics aims to showcase the few hundred most impactful research papers across the physical sciences each year. Add your voice to the future direction of your discipline by helping us in this curation and support your colleagues in making their work the best and most rigorous it can be.

Contribute to the scientific community 

Know that all revenue from Reports on Progress in Physics is fed back to the scientific community through the activities of the Institute of Physics. We are not for profit.

By reviewing for us, you achieve all this and much more…