Living Reviews in Relativity is a peer-reviewed, full open access, and exclusively online journal, publishing freely available reviews of research in all areas of relativity. Articles are solicited from leading authorities and are directed towards the scientific community at or above the graduate-student level. They provide critical reviews of the current state of research and available sources in the fields they cover. All contributions are subject to single-blind peer review by at least two referees.

Living Reviews is unique in maintaining a suite of high-quality reviews, which are kept up-to-date by the authors. This is the meaning of the word "living" in the journal's title.

Living Reviews in Relativity was founded by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in 1998.

Cover figure: Numerical simulation of two inspiralling black holes that merge to form a new black hole. The image shows the apparent horizons and the gravitational waves produced. Shown are either the real and/or imaginary part of the curvature scalar Psi4.
Credits: Numerical simulation: C. Reisswig, L. Rezzolla (Albert Einstein Institute). Scientific visualization: M. Koppitz (Albert Einstein Institute & Zuse Institute Berlin)

  • Offers critical reviews of research in all areas of relativity
  • “Living” articles are kept up-to-date by their authors
  • Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Society and ISGRG

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  • Bala Iyer
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35.429 (2019)
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38.185 (2019)
Five year impact factor
95 days
Submission to first decision
152 days
Submission to acceptance
226,214 (2019)
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    • Brian D. Metzger
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