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Physical Review Letters -- How to submit my paper...

  1. Aug 30, 2016 #1
    How to submit paper to physical review letter? is there any specific criteria such as recomendation from expert? or can we submit without recomendation?
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  3. Aug 30, 2016 #2


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    I'm sorry to say, but if you have to ask, it probably means that you won't get published there.

    No recommendation is needed, but Phys. Rev. Lett. is a very high level journal. It is hard, even for seasoned physicists, to get published there. If you have no previous experience in writing scientific papers, there is a very good chance that your paper will not be at the level expected. There are also criteria about the impact of the work that can be hard to satisfy.

    I suggest you try submitting to a lower ranked journal, especially one focused on the area you are working in instead of a general journal like PRL.
  4. Aug 30, 2016 #3
    thank you for your respon mr DrClaude, so can you share how to submit a paper to physical review? and what is your recomendation for lower ranked journal?
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    Information on how to submit to PRL is available at http://journals.aps.org/prl/authors

    As for other journals, it depends on the subject. Where did those you cite in your paper publish their work?
  6. Aug 30, 2016 #5
    Don't you have some kind of advisor who can help you with this?
  7. Aug 31, 2016 #6


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    DrClaude comments on the fact that if you have to ask, you probably won't get published there is more true than you think. It is more of a reflection on what you think you have been capable of doing.

    PRL, along with Nature and Science, is one of the most difficult physics journals to get published in. Not only does the research or result that you intend to publish has to be original and important, it must also have a "wide-ranging impact". This is why for many of us, when we were just starting out in this field, would have had mentors such as a research advisor, etc. to guide us through not only selecting the appropriate journal to publish, but also what to do once we decide the journal.

    So my obvious question, to echo what micromass has asked, is why don't you have one? Or is this your own private, individual research that you think merit a publication there. PRL, along with other journals, receive many of these each month that would not even pass through the editors to get to the referees.

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