Aims and scope

Applied Physics A was founded in 1973 and is one of the leading international, peer-reviewed journals featuring original experimental and theoretical results in applied physics and material science. Applied Physics A appears monthly in issues of varying size and publishes regular articles, rapid short communications, and invited papers.  


Applied Physics A emphasizes topics contributing to a better understanding of applied physics aspects of materials science. The journal is concerned with scientific research on fundamental properties of functional materials, advanced characterization techniques used in material science, as well as with material processing and application-related research in devices. 

Material classes covered in Applied Physics A range from nanomaterials to semiconductors, from magnetic materials to biomaterials and from advanced metals and alloys to organic and carbon materials. (for a complete list of material topics, please refer to our keywords list (which can be found under Submission Guidelines or here: 

Processes and processing include all type of directed energy interactions with materials, with a focus on laser interactions with materials to structure, analyze or to deposit materials (also with other techniques, such as ions, electrons or plasmas) with all involved processes. 

Modelling and computation in applied material science, i.e. from the atomic scale to nano- and microstructure modelling, is also a topic of interest to Applied Physics A when it addresses material science aspects elucidating the relationship between the structure and the properties or the functions of materials.

Important other subject areas include nanostructured materials with special and novel properties and nanolithography methods, interface properties of materials, metamaterials and plasmonics, amorphous solids, oxides for electronic, sensor and photonic applications, carbon nanotubes/graphene-based devices, magnetic/ferroic/multiferroic and superconducting materials, conjugated polymers and organic semiconductors with a special emphasis on applications in electronics, optoelectronics and solar cells, semiconductors (e.g. compound semiconductors and topological materials), biomaterials and other materials for energy applications (for a complete list of material topics, please refer to our keyword list:

Applied Physics A  covers a wide range of topics, work focusing purely on material synthesis and related standard characterization, work reporting on catalysis, corrosion, radiation shielding, photodegradation, and/or electrochemistry are more suitable for other topical journals. Papers that are devoted to electrical engineering aspects of device and engineering work in the processing are considered to be more suitable for specialized journals where they find a more dedicated audience.