This international review journal is led by the Division of Plasma Physics of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies. It aims to be a flagship in the field of plasma physics and its application, and to publish cutting-edge reviews and tutorials of modern plasma physics. In particular, selected reviews by leading researchers and seminal reviews by S. Chandrasekhar Prize and Plasma Innovation Prize laureates are published. The journal covers all fields of plasma physics including fundamental and applied physics relevant to natural and laboratory plasmas.

  • Fundamental plasma physics including all fundamental disciplines common to all plasma fields such as plasma turbulence, MHD/Kinetic MHD and reconnection, Gyrokinetic theory, Collisional transport, and Mathematical plasma physics, etc.
  • Basic Plasma Physics including strongly-coupled/dusty/quantum plasma, non-neutral plasmas, emerging plasma physics and all common “methods" in plasma physics such as Plasma Simulation, Plasma Diagnostics, Plasma Sources, Atomic and Molecular Processes in plasma.
  • Applied plasma physics including plasma processing, plasma medicine, plasma agriculture, pulsed power application, etc.
  • Laser plasma physics including laser fusion, laser wake-field acceleration, warm-dense matter,
  • Space plasma physics and geomagnetism
  • Solar and Astro plasma physics
  • Magnetic Confinement Fusion Physics

Review articles in the journal are characterized not only by their excellent quality, but also their high readability. Therefore the published articles serve as authoritative materials for graduate students and young researchers less familiar with the fields covered.

Types of Papers

There are 6 different types of RMPP papers below. The author can choose one of six types following the aims and scope set below. Paper title and contents (including introduction and references) should be chosen appropriately according to the nature of paper.

[1] Review paper:

Cutting-edge review paper in a specific field of plasma physics. The review should presents the current status of a given topic worldwide not limited to author/collaborator’s own works. It should provide historical backgrounds and literature survey but also be a critical distillation of the progress on the topic, identifying the most successful methods and pointing out areas for future development. Author should give considerable attention to introductions for graduate students and readers from other plasma physics fields. Guideline of total words and pages are 25,000 words and 50 pages but shorter and longer paper is acceptable if the review covers above criterion for full review.

[2] Special Topics:

Brief review article that focuses on a specific topic. Its purpose is to highlight emerging research subjects, recent advances in a specific area and/or new research techniques. It can also focus on the authors’ own work or experimental instruments. As such, we especially encourage early career physicists to submit Special Topics articles. Guideline of total words and pages are 15,000 words and 30 pages but shorter and longer paper is acceptable if the review covers above criterion.

References: Since the scope is much narrower than "Review", a focused set of references (e.g., the author's (group) works) are allowed but a set of other key references to clarify the relative significance in the field should be included.

[3] Tutorial paper:

Tutorial review intended for introduction for students and physicists in other field. Author should give considerable attention to offer insights and concepts and not go into mathematical details. Guideline of total words and pages are 10,000 words and 20 pages but shorter and longer paper is acceptable if the review covers above criterion.

[4] History:

Article which address historical development in plasma physics and its applications. Historical development that illuminates 1) our understanding of modern plasma physics, 2) development of experimental ideas and facilities for plasma physics discovery, 3) interaction of plasma physics with mathematics and other natural science, 4) development of national project involving plasma physics. Paper can be structured as memorial of one or a few outstanding plasma physicists.

[5] Chandrasekhar Lecture:

Review lecture specialized for Laureate of AAPPS-DPP’s S. Chandrasekhar Prize. The lecture is intended for lecture on Laureate’s outstanding contribution to plasma physics. Laureate can also choose recent work related to his works if one wishes.

[6] Plasma Innovation Lecture:

Review lecture specialized for Laureate of AAPPS-DPP’s Plasma Innovation Prize. The lecture is intended for lecture on Laureate’s outstanding contribution to innovation in plasma physics. Laureate can also choose recent work related to his works if one wishes.

  • Provides outstanding review articles on current research trends and works, and key findings by leading scientists
  • Publishes seminal review articles by S. Chandrasekhar Prize laureates, which provide examples of lasting important works
  • Provides full coverage of topics in plasma physics and its applications

Journal information

Chief Editor
  • Ryoji Matsumoto,
  • Taik Soo Hahm,
  • Yi-Kang Pu,
  • Kunioki Mima,
  • Yu Lin,
  • Jiaqi Dong
Chair
  • Mitsuru Kikuchi
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Hybrid. How to publish with us, including Open Access

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  • Permissions

    Please note that it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) to reproduce figures (or tables) that have previously been published elsewhere.  

  • Ongoing topical collections

    We are excited to announce a series of Topical Collections that publish timely papers related to the fields of plasma physics. Click here for more information.

  • Reviews of Modern Plasma Physics now welcomes a new article type: ‘Special Topics’

    We are pleased to announce that Reviews of Modern Plasma Physics is now accepting submissions for a new article type called ‘Special Topics’.  A Special Topics article is a brief review article that focuses on a specific topic. Its purpose is to highlight emerging research subjects, recent advances in a specific area and/or new research techniques. It can also focus on the authors’ own work or experimental instruments. As such, we especially encourage early career physicists to submit Special Topics articles. We believe this extended scope will add value to Reviews of Modern Plasma Physics.

  • Review articles by S. Chandrasekhar Prize Laureates

    The S. Chandrasekhar Laureates are sincerely invited to publish their review articles by the editorial board of Reviews of Modern Plasma Physics. They will describe their special works significantly contributed to the field as well as overviews the background and development of the research fields in the review articles. 

    The S. Chandrasekhar Prize recognizes scientists who have made seminal, pioneering contributions in the field of plasma physics, and has been awarded annually since 2014 by the Division of Plasma Physics under the Association of Asia Pacific Physics Societies.

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