physica status solidi (c)

Cover image for Vol. 11 Issue 7‐8

Editor: Stefan Hildebrandt (Editor-in-Chief)

Online ISSN: 1610-1642

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

Editorial information


Call for papers

physica status solidi has four sister journals (pss (a), (b), (c), and (RRL)), all of which are dedicated to documenting the progress in solid state physics research, but differ with regard to their specific scope and journal production process. The editors invite articles and compile special issues and conference proceedings, often in collaboration with guest editors. pss (a) and (b) welcome unsolicited individual submissions of Original Paper manuscripts, and pss (RRL) those of Rapid Research Letter manuscripts. All submissions undergo an editorial consideration process based on peer review.
At physica status solidi we strive to provide outstanding professional publishing service for our readers and authors:
  • pss (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters is currently the fasted peer-reviewed medium in solid state physics, with two weeks from submission via acceptance to publication of the typeset article on average. See the Managing Editor's Editorial 2009 for more on these spectacular publication times.
  • With more than 45 years of publishing experience, all services and content available online, and currently more than 2000 papers published per year, pss provides high quality publishing standards and excellent visibility for solid state physics content.
  • There are no page charges and no publication costs for authors.
  • Manuscripts for pss (a), (b), or (RRL) are fully typeset. Authors will receive page proofs in PDF format by e-mail. For faster handling, production of pss (c) - manuscripts is based directly on the production-ready (not camera-ready) file received from the authors and there are no page proofs.
  • Authors receive a high-resolution PDF file as an electronic reprint by e-mail. Hard-copy reprints are available for purchase at any time (before and after publication).
  • Articles appear online in the EarlyView service of Wiley InterScience, citable via Digital Object Identifier (DOI), to guarantee their quickest possible release. Reference links and links to citing articles will are available via CrossRef.
  • Articles are indexed in ISI Web of Science as part of the Science Citation Index (SCI) or the Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI-S, for pss (c)) as well as in other major abstracting and indexing services.
  • Colour figures will generally be published in colour in the PDF version at no cost. Colour figures for the print edition are available for purchase.
  • High quality cover posters showing the front or back cover of any pss (current and back) issue in A1 or A2 size can now be ordered using our Reprint Order Form (PDF).
  • 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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Aims and scope

physica status solidi publishes research results from all fields of solid state physics and materials science, from basic science to applications and devices. The list of Special issues is a good source for examples of the topics covered in the pss journal family.
  • physica status solidi (a) – applications and materials science covers the preparation, structure and simulation of advanced materials, nanostructures, surfaces and interfaces, as well as properties of such materials and structures relevant for device applications (magnetic, electromechanical, or electronic devices, photonics, spintronics, sensors, etc.). It does not, however, publish materials engineering and electrical engineering topics.
  • physica status solidi (b) – basic solid state physics is devoted to topics such as theoretical and experimental investigations of the atomistic and electronic structure of solids in general, phase transitions, electronic, optical, magnetic, superconducting, ferroelectric or other properties of solids, low-dimensional, nanoscale, strongly correlated or disordered systems etc.
  • physica status solidi (c) – current topics in solid state physics aims at the timely dissemination of scientific results in rapidly evolving specific areas of solid state physics and materials science.
  • physica status solidi (RRL) – Rapid Research Letters is presently the fastest peer reviewed publication medium in solid state physics. It communicates important findings with a high degree of novelty and need for express publication, as well as other results of immediate interest to the solid state physics and materials science community. Rapid Research Letters particularly invites papers from interdisciplinary and emerging new areas of research.

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Categories of contributions

pss publishes Original Papers and Rapid Research Letters submitted on the initiative of authors as well as Feature and Review Articles upon invitation of the editors. pss (c) features Contributed or Invited Articles from Special issues and conferences. pss (a), (b), and (RRL) welcome individual submissions as well as Special or Focus issue contributions (list of Special issues). The article categories differ in their scope of information transport:
  • Original Papers: Manuscripts containing original and previously unpublished work of general interest to the solid state physics community. Outstanding articles with particularly relevant or interesting results will be promoted as Editor's Choice. The latter enjoy priority handling and are highlighted in a special section both on the Internet as well as in the print issue.
  • Feature and Review Articles: Feature Articles describe the current state of a dynamic topic in solid state physics for a broad audience, written in an authoritative and concise format of up to 15–20 pages. Review Articles give a comprehensive overview of an important research area.
  • Rapid Research Letters: Brief two- to three-page articles intended for the fast dissemination of important findings with a high degree of novelty.
Overview of pss journals and their article types, submission, and production process for individually submitted papers (Special-issue handling may differ):
JournalArticle typeSubmissionTemplates and production
pss (RRL)
Rapid Research Letters
Lettersauthor initiative
submission via manuscriptXpress
three-page length limit,
templates strongly recommended,
full typesetting,
author proof corrections
pss (a)
applications and materials science

pss (b)
basic solid state physics
Original Papers



Feature or
Review Articles
author initiative
submission via manuscriptXpress

editor invitation
submission via manuscriptXpress

no length limit,
templates strongly recommended,
full typesetting,
author proof corrections
pss (c)
current topics in solid state physics
Contributed Articles
Invited Articles
Conference or Special issue participation length limits vary for specific projects,
templates mandatory,
based on production-ready (not camera-ready) manuscript
no author proof corrections

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Editorial policy

pss is devoted to the thorough peer review and rapid publication of new and important results in solid state physics. Peer review is done by referees selected from a continuously updated international panel of scientists, with editorial evaluation and decision on the basis of the information received from the referees. The identity of the referees is kept strictly confidential and it is the editor's task to mediate between authors and reviewers. All articles in pss (a),(b), and (RRL) require positive approval by at least two independent referees. An efficient peer-review process allows a faster editorial decision and publication in pss (c), where one positive recommendation is sufficient.
  • The editors strive to minimise bias and give due consideration to all submissions regardless of the geographical origin or standing of the authors.
  • To limit the workload of our referees, the editors check all incoming submissions before passing them on. If the initial evaluation reveals that a manuscript is clearly unsuitable for the scope of pss, it may be rejected without external review.
  • We initially ask two (one for pss (c)) referees to provide a report and recommendation regarding publication. Given that the recommendations agree, the editors will pass the reports on to the authors and inform them about the resulting editorial decision (acceptance, revision and resubmission, or rejection).
  • In case of a revision we ask the authors to consider the reports, revise their manuscript, and provide a response to the referee's comments. Revised manuscripts and responses will then be sent back to at least one of the initial referees to see if the article has been sufficiently improved.
  • If the two initial referee recommendations disagree, we will ask a third reviewer to act as an adjudicator. The adjudicator will receive the manuscript, the two contradicting reports, and possibly earlier author responses for consideration.
  • Manuscript revisions and re-reviews are limited to a maximum of two turns. If a manuscript still fails to receive approval in its re-revised form, it will be considered unsuitable for publication.
  • Authors may appeal to a rejection of their article. The editors will consider such responses and decide if consideration of the article can be re-opened. Rejections to appeals are final and valid for all pss journals.
Please contact the Editorial Office if you have further questions regarding the consideration process for submitted manuscripts. Note that the review process for Special issues or conference contributions may be organised by the Guest Editors.

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Professional conduct and publication ethics

pss is committed to high standards for professional conduct and ethical behaviour in all published material. The Best Practise Guidelines on Publication Ethics detail Wiley-Blackwell's position as a scientific publisher.
Furthermore, the journal management supports the International Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Scientific Publishing (PDF) as they were adopted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, as well as the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity released by the World Conference on Research Integrity (see also Editorial).
Accordingly, we state here the criteria for content published in pss and specify the responsibilities of editors, authors, and referees.

Author responsibilities
As a prerequisite for publication in pss according to its scope as a scientific archival journal, the information reported in a manuscript must
  • be scientifically rigorous, be reported truthfully, and documented so that other researchers may reproduce the results.
  • be original and previously unpublished (in any language). Exceptions may occur when authors are invited to write a review-type article.
  • represent significant progress in the field under study (serial and incremental publications are discouraged).
  • not be under consideration elsewhere at the time of submission.
  • be put into the context of previously published work by the authors and other researchers by giving due reference (including accepted or pending submissions elsewhere).
  • list all those, but only those, who contributed significantly to the results, as authors. Manuscripts may only be submitted by consent of all authors. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to inform the co-authors about the submission, editorial process and decisions.
We ask that all submissions are accompanied by a statement in the cover letter that the manuscript is original and unpublished, is not being considered for publication elsewhere and is submitted with the consent of all co-authors. Authors must agree to the Copyright Transfer Agreement during submission.
Potential conflicts with any of the above issues must be disclosed upon submission to enable the journal to make an informed decision about a possible publication of the manuscript.

Referee responsibilities
We trust that every reviewer tries to give an informed, fair and objective recommendation regarding publication of a manuscript. He or she may not spread or make use of privileged information obtained from the manuscript.
At pss we do our best to select appropriate experts for peer review. However, if a reviewer has been asked to provide a report in spite of an existing conflict of interest such as a close collaboration or a direct competition, we ask for immediate information. We will then select an alternative referee.

Editor responsibilities
Editors strive to minimise bias and to achieve a responsible and objective decision regarding publication. They will refrain from handling cases where a personal conflict of interest arises and will not make inappropriate use of privileged information.
Editors will check allegations of plagiarism and other misconduct concerning published articles and manuscripts under consideration. They reserve the right to publish corrections or retractions.
Furthermore, pss co-operates with other scientific journals to clarify possible cases of misconduct, for example by providing access to articles involved in alleged plagiarism for fellow editors.

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Facts and figures

physica status solidi was founded by Prof. K. W. Böer in Berlin, Germany, on December 12, 1960. Already then the aim of the journal was to speed up the production process and thus disseminate information in the rapidly expanding field of solid state physics quickly and at high quality.
pss is a large forum of international exchange for scientists from all over the world. In the years 2010/2011 almost 2800 referees from 74 countries built the international panel of excellence for pss’ peer-review process. In the same time 3600 authors from 85 countries contributed with their work and helped pss grow steadily to four journal series with an impressive volume of information published per year..



The number of submissions has meanwhile risen to about 3000 manuscripts per year. This makes pss the second largest journal family in solid state physics publishing worldwide and the largest European publication in this field. Its content fills 48 journal issues per year, i.e. 12 issues published monthly in each of the four series.
Today, all content published in pss since its launch in 1960 is available online. Article downloads per year still massively increasing and now quickly approaching the record level of 1 million downloads per year, proving the ever-increasing high visibility and broad international distribution of the pss journals. Articles appear on Wiley Online Library, at first fully typeset in the EarlyView service were they can be cited via Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Subsequently, they are assigned to issues (print and online). Links to citing articles are available via CrossRef.
pss is indexed in ISI Web of science and other major abstracting and indexing services (See all abstracting and indexing services listing pss). The journal has seen a steady rise of its Impact Factor in recent years. Please refer to the FAQ page for more information about the current Impact Factors.

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