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Engineering - Signals & Communication | Aims and Scope: The European Physical Journal A

Aims and Scope: The European Physical Journal A

Hadron Physics

Structure and Dynamics of Hadrons
Baryon and Meson Spectroscopy
Hadronic and Electroweak Interactions of Hadrons
Nonperturbative Approaches to QCD
Phenomenological Approaches to Hadron Physics

Nuclear and Quark Matter

Heavy-Ion Collisions
Phase Diagram of the Strong Interaction
Hard Probes
Glasmas, Quark-Gluon Plasma and Hadronic Gases
Relativistic Hydrodynamics
Compact Astrophysical Objects

Nuclear Physics

Nuclear Structure and Reactions
Few-Body and Many-Body Systems
Radioactive Beams
Weak Interaction
Nuclear Astrophysics

Article Categories

Letters (Open Access)
Regular Articles
New Tools and Techniques

Letters/Letters to the Editor: 

Letters must describe new and original work deserving rapid publication. Their aim is fast and concise communication of material of current interest: 

  • an important theoretical, computational or experimental result
  •  a valuable discussion of, or a short essay on, an open scientific issue
  • a valuable presentation of innovative and promising ideas and concepts

in the fields covered by the journal. In order to make a fast refereeing and decision procedure possible, and to address a broad readership, Letters should not exceed 4 printed pages in the EPJ style format, and should contain no more than 4 figures and/or tables.

Letters to the Editor  – about 2 pages maximum with no more than one figure and/or table – are specifically designed to accommodate items ii) and iii) in a non-traditional way:  with this format, the journal revives a formerly used style of communication with the scientific community that allows the concise expression of more personal opinions on any important scientific matter in the field.

Regular Articles: describe original work, or provide details of original work previously published in a Letter article. There is no general limitation of the overall size nor of the number of figures, nor of the level of details considered to be necessary.

New Tools and Techniques: are articles presenting original and new developments of particle detectors, readout electronics, computational methods, theoretical frameworks or analysis tools. An important subgroup are articles detailing specific aspects of importance to understand and assess either the formalism sketched in a theoretical resp. computational paper, or the analysis tools that lead to the physics results presented in experimental collaboration papers. Direct relevance to physics topics within the “Aims and Scopes” must be demonstrated. Technical details (including but not limited to construction drawings, electronic circuit diagrams or computer codes) may be added as electronic-only supplementary material.

Reviews: are by invitation only through the Editorial Board. There is no general limit to the overall length -- they may contain, but should not be restricted to, original work. Reviews will fall into one of the following categories:
1) Comprehensive reviews of major topics within the "Aims and Scope" of EPJA and EPJC. Their primary assets will be pedagogical exposition, synthesis of key developments, and the inclusion of a definitive and representative bibliography.
2) Technical papers presenting an extensive review of a specialist topic within the "Aims and Scope".
3) Reviews of a newly emerging field, providing an up-to-date synthesis and an extended discussion of the open questions. The discussion is expected to lead to an assessment of the possible further developments within the field, potentially making a substantial contribution to guiding decisions concerning the planning or running of experimental and observational facilities.
4) Outstanding thesis or working reports, the richness and importance of whose details justify the exceptional publication of the full length work.