Applied Physics A publishes experimental and theoretical investigations in applied physics and materials science as regular articles, rapid communications and invited papers. Our diverse Editorial Board reflects the interdisciplinary approach of the journal and ensures the highest quality of peer review.

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List of topics published in Applied Physics A
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1. Nanostructures, Nanomaterials
2. Laser Ablation and Deposition, Analysis
3. Additive Manufacturing
4. Interfaces
5. Functional Oxides
6. Amorphous Solids: glasses and metallic glasses
7. Advanced Metals and Alloys (not pure chemistry)
8. Carbon Materials
9. Polymers and Organic Materials
10. Magnetic Materials, including thin films and multilayers
11. Semiconductors and Novel Materials, Sensors
12. Modeling and Computation in Applied Materials Science
13. Advanced Spectroscopies including single molecules (not standard characterization)
14. Materials for Energy Applications
15. Applied Biophysics, Nanobiomaterials
16. Sensors

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Thomas Lippert
Publishing model
Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

Journal metrics

2.983 (2021)
Impact factor
2.412 (2021)
Five year impact factor
18 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
817,945 (2021)
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Electronic ISSN
1432-0630
Print ISSN
0947-8396
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