The aims of this peer-reviewed online journal are to distribute and archive all relevant material required to document, assess, validate and reconstruct in detail the body of knowledge in the physical and related sciences.
The scope of EPJ Plus encompasses a broad landscape of fields and disciplines in the physical and related sciences - such as covered by the topical EPJ journals and with the explicit addition of geophysics, astrophysics, general relativity and cosmology, mathematical and quantum physics, classical and fluid mechanics, accelerator and medical physics, as well as physics techniques applied to any other topics, including energy, environment and cultural heritage.
The journal will be a new forum for:
- the setting and improvement of standards, procedures and performance in:
- experimental and observational physics: techniques and instruments, including laboratory protocols and similar best practice studies in scientific data acquisition, analysis, transmission and processing;
- computational physics: numerical techniques and simulations, including technical performance studies and similar benchmark calculations;
- theoretical physics: development and refinement of relevant mathematical tools and techniques;
- the progress, verification and documentation of research through:
- important and substantial additional details and insights on existing work;
- original research, by theoretical, experimental or numerical means, on specific or technical issues, in particular critical assessment of existing work;
- relevant and independent theoretical, computational or experimental support and validation of previously published results.
To facilitate such aims and scope:
- papers will be refereed regarding the quality and thoroughness of presentation as well as the clarity and soundness of details and arguments.
- the journal explicitly encourages the submission of additional material that can be published as electronic supplementary material to accepted articles.
The journal will accept the following article categories:
- Regular Article
- Technical Report (*)
- Addendum (**)
- Tutorial (***)
- Letter to the Editor (****)
(*) Technical Reports contain material which broadly falls into one of the following categories of best practice and related benchmark studies: laboratory/instrumentation related procedures and protocols, data acquisition and processing, theoretical and computational methodologies. Technical reports are assumed to contain a sufficient amount of introductory and background exposition in order to make the procedures and verifications described therein replicable.
(**) Addenda (analogous to Errata) refer directly to a previously published paper, but update rather than correct published material.
(***) Tutorials considered will typically be concise postgraduate-level lecture notes on advanced and specialized topics.
(****) Letters to the Editor serve the purpose of initiating targeted, high-level discussions on open scientific issues, or on more speculative but truly innovative and promising ideas for the future development of the field. Letters to the Editor may also contain the presentation of new and important results that will be of general interest to physicists working on very interdisciplinary topics.
Letters to the Editor are by invitation only. The decision to act on unsolicited submissions for both, new or comments on previously published Letters to the Editor rests solely with the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editors of the journal. Letters to the Editor should be written in a clear, transparent style and not exceed 10 pages in the format of the journal (inclusive of all tables and figures).