physica status solidi (b)

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Editor: Stefan Hildebrandt (Editor-in-Chief), Sabine Bahrs (Deputy Editor)

Online ISSN: 1521-3951

Associated Title(s): physica status solidi (a), physica status solidi (c), physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters

Author Guidelines for conference papers and special issues in physica status solidi (pss)


For information on author services, the topical scope, editorial and ethical conduct policy, and facts and figures about pss please refer to the Editorial information page. Find here:

Manuscript preparation guidelines and templates

pss is a high-quality scientific journal striving to publish original information that is of current interest for a readership from the solid state physics and materials science community.
All pss journals use the same templates for all article types:
  • Manuscripts must be written in English. See the FAQ on English language usage for details on pss' policy and More tools and resources for language improvement services.
  • For Contributed or Invited Articles in pss (c) please refer to specific information on the project, which is available on the conference homepage or from the Guest Editor – specific length limits may apply. Original Papers in pss (a) and (b) have no length limit (typical: six to eight pages in print or in the template), unless indicated otherwise. pss (RRL) Rapid Research Letters are restricted to a length of three pages.
  • Articles intended for one of the special projects published in pss (c) must be prepared publication-ready (not camera-ready) in a template and according to the journal style, fully formatted and arranged fit for printing (no corrections after acceptance possible). In contrast, accepted articles for pss (a), (b), and (RRL) undergo full typesetting during production. We strongly recommend using the template to gain an accurate length estimate and maximum control over the design.
  • Please prepare your manuscript exclusively as one single DOC, DOCX, RTF, PDF or PS file. You need to embed all figures and tables within this file.
  • Please include about four keywords in your manuscript. They should be comprehensive, reflect the essence and major aspects of the work, and be as precise as possible. Avoid expressions which are not generally known by the physics community, especially abbreviations.
  • Fonts: Please use Times New Roman, Times, Arial or Symbol fonts as much as possible. Some fonts (e.g. Asian or Russian characters) may cause problems and should be avoided.
  • Quantities and equations: In the text as well as in equations, figures or tables, physical quantities should be given in italic, vectors in bold italic, units in upright letters. Tabulated functions should be given in upright letters.
  • Figures should preferably be submitted in full colour, but should also be easily readable on a black/white printout. An 'eye-catching' abstract figure may be included in the manuscript. Suggestions for attractive cover pictures of the journal are very welcome.
  • Please cite your own as well as other pss articles using the standard abbreviation Phys. Status Solidi followed by the capitalised series letter A, B, C, or RRL (without brackets). Ensure that all references in the bibliography are correct and complete (You can check them at CrossRef.), and adhere to the standard INSPEC international journal abbreviation rules and the pss bibliography style.

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Online submission

For conference and special issue submissions, please follow the instructions on the conference homepage or from the Guest Editors. (Do not direct your manuscript as a regular submission to pss, unless requested otherwise.) Please use the online submission system ScholarOne Manuscripts (links below) for conference or special issue submissions to pss (c), (a), (b), or (RRL). For regular submissions see other instructions.
online submission
ScholarOne Manuscripts (Author Center)

Please note the following issues regarding the online submission process:
  • We ask that all submissions are accompanied by a statement in the cover letter that the manuscript is original, unpublished, not being considered for publication elsewhere and is submitted with the consent of all co-authors. Authors must agree online to the Copyright Transfer Agreement during submission.
  • ScholarOne Manuscripts takes one single manuscript file (DOC, DOCX, RTF, PDF or PS) from which it generates a PDF file. Extra figures or other data files should be marked as supplementary files and are also included in the auto-generated PDF file if possible.
  • ScholarOne Manuscripts provides a plain text field for the cover letter addressing the editor. Here you can motivate your submission, make the above-mentioned statement or provide further details on the submission and related work.
  • You may also suggest or exclude reviewers during the submission process.
  • Supporting information like videos, animations or other file formats to be published on Wiley Online Library should be mentioned in the cover letter as well as clearly referred to in the manuscript, and uploaded as supplementary files as long as size permits. Otherwise they should be sent by e-mail to pss@wiley-vch.de. Details and best practices for Supporting Information are available on the Wiley Author Services homepage.
  • A successful submission will be acknowledged by an e-mail message which contains your manuscript number.
Should you encounter technical problems contact the Guest Editor or the Editorial Office by e-mail and we will do our best to help.

Editorial policy for the publication of conference contributions


All contributions will be considered as submissions to pss as an international scientific journal. Invited and Contributed Articles may be published in pss (c) – current topics in solid state physics or (depending on the specific project, upon nomination by the respective Guest Editor(s) and approval by the pss Editors) as Original Papers or Feature Articles in pss (a) – applications and materials science or pss (b) – basic solid state physics, or in selected special cases as Rapid Research Letter or Review@RRL in pss (RRL) – Rapid Research Letters.

Any manuscript proposals for pss (RRL) must comply with the formal requirements of the journal (high urgency, suitable format) and should be communicated to pss by e-mail as early as possible, to enable fast decision by the pss Editors.

The main criteria for consideration as an Original Paper in pss (a) or (b) are:
  • The importance, relevance, and novelty of the results match those expected for a regular journal paper.
  • The general quality of the manuscript and the amount of information provided is appropriate for publication in an international journal.
  • The main results have not yet been published and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Exceptions concerning the third criterion may be made in case of a strong review character of the manuscript. In such a case, proper reference to earlier sources and sufficient interest to the readers of the journal are necessary.

If essential results presented at the conference have already been submitted or published elsewhere, full reference should be made in the manuscript (including papers "submitted" or "in press"). In that case, publication may still be acceptable for the proceedings in pss (c). Excessive duplication of published material, however, will not be accepted.

Please note that the space available for publication in pss (a), (b) or RRL is strictly limited. The Guest Editor(s) and pss therefore have to make a selection, in particular for large conferences.

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Peer review and editorial process

Peer review is done by referees selected from a continuously updated large international panel of scientists, with editorial evaluation and decision on the basis of the information received from the referees (See also the recent Editorials and the policy statement on the Editorial information page).
The following information refers to conference and special issue submissions via ScholarOne Manuscripts (S1M) where technical issues are concerned (for regular submissions see here):
  • All articles in pss (a), (b), and (RRL) require positive approval by at least two independent referees. For publication in pss (c) one positive recommendation is sufficient. Manuscripts will be sent to one or more referees accordingly. For conference submissions, at least one of the referees will be selected from outside the conference community either by the Guest Editor(s) or by the pss Editorial Office. See the checklist for reviewers for details on the criteria.
  • Authors will receive the editorial decision (acceptance, minor revision, major revision, or rejection) with reports attached by e-mail.
  • More often than not, authors are asked to revise their manuscript considering the comments and criticism of the referees before a final editorial decision can be made.
    For efficient communication between authors, editors and referees during the remainder of the evaluation process, please consider the following issues upon re-submission:
  • In the interest of short publication times please re-submit a revised version as soon as possible, in any case within 2 weeks. Inform the Guest Editor or the Editorial Office if you cannot meet the due date. Late re-submissions could otherwise be excluded from publication in a special issue or proceedings.
  • Include your answer to the editor and to the referees in the author's response field (plain text, i. e. no colour or bold face etc.). Start with a general response to the overall referee assessment and criticism – do not concentrate on the detailed point-by-point remarks from the referees only.
  • Make sure to reference each referee comment you are answering (for example by numbering the referee comments, or by copying the corresponding passages from the reports into your response). Also outline the changes applied to the manuscript..
  • If you need non plain-text components like extra data plots for your response, upload an extra file with your response.
  • Should you decide not to resubmit please let the Editor know. Manuscripts with a pending revision continue to be under consideration at pss and are not free for submission elsewhere.

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Production of accepted articles

Upon positive conclusion of the peer review process and acceptance by the Guest Editor, the Editorial Office will send a further acceptance and pss assignment message to the corresponding author and initiate the production process for the manuscript.
  • You will be asked by a separate e-mail to upload missing original source files of text (Word, LaTeX) and figures (PS, EPS, TIF), if any.
  • Suggestions for front or back cover picture illustrations at this point are very welcome. In the current cover design refreshed in 2011, a space of 21 cm x 21 cm is available. Ideally please provide a complete cover picture layout with background, leaving some space for paper title and author names as well as the usual elements of the pss title page. Note that a graphically appealing illustration rather than pure scientific data is required here, i.e. simple diagrams or multi-part, powerpoint-like figures are usually not suited for the cover. Please send your proposal by reply to the acceptance message and enquire for current rates.
  • Prior to publication in pss (a), (b), or (RRL) only, authors will receive an e-mail with access details for downloading, or with the page proofs of the typeset article in PDF format directly attached. Please return your proof corrections within 5 days for pss (a) and (b) and within 48 hours for pss (RRL). Note that sending back a corrected manuscript file is of no use at this stage. The editors reserve the right to publish an article 'as is' if corrected proofs do not arrive in time.
  • Please return the Reprint Order Form PDF. The form takes orders for colour hard-copy and PDF reprints (with standard or customized cover page) of your article, colour figures in the print edition of the pss issue, and high quality cover posters showing the front or back cover of any pss (current and back) issue in A1 or A2 size.
  • At the time of publication, authors will receive a 300 dpi PDF file of their published article by e-mail.
  • The article will appear online in the EarlyView service of Wiley Online Library, citable via Digital Object Identifier (DOI), and then be assigned to a publication slot in the designated pss issue with a volume and page number.
  • Authors who have not yet confirmed the Copyright Transfer Agreement during online submission need to sign a hard copy which you will be asked to download after acceptance (A4 format, US letter format  - please return signed form to the Editorial Office). See the special regulations for company-owned or government-funded work on the form if applicable.
  • Wiley-VCH offers the option of making your article freely available to non-subscribers (Open Access) on Wiley Online Library. If your funding organization or institute encourages you to make use of this option, please complete the order form and forward a copy of your order to the Editorial Office. See also additional information on the Online Open service or contact us for questions.

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