physica status solidi (a)

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

Online ISSN: 1862-6319

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

physica status solidi

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  7. A clear organization using suitable subheadings is the rule, but not absolutely required for short papers.
  8. The Introduction should contain the present state of knowledge (with references, cf. 11.) and the aims of the work.
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    - be given in adequate quantity.
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