Focus & Coverage
APL Quantum publishes cutting-edge and multidisciplinary research across quantum theory and fundamentals, quantum phenomena and resources, applied quantum science, and quantum technologies. The journal aims to bridge fundamental quantum research with technological applications and embraces theoretical as well as experimental research.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Quantum information
- Quantum communication
- Quantum materials
- Quantum error mitigation
- Quantum condensed matter physics
- Quantum simulations
- Quantum machine learning and intelligence
- Hybrid classical-quantum interfaces and devices
- Quantum hardware and software
- Quantum algorithms
- Quantum photonics, plasmonics, and phononics
- Quantum metrology and sensing
- Energy costs and quantum system sustainability
- Design for quantum application, artificial quantum systems, quantum metamaterials
- Quantum dynamics and quantum thermodynamics
- Quantum science and technology for high energy physics and astrophysics
Criteria for Publication
APL Quantum considers manuscripts for publication that meet the following criteria:
- Report research in quantum theory and fundamentals, quantum phenomena and resources, applied quantum science, and quantum technologies.
- Contain novel and high-quality research that is of interest to the broad quantum research community.
- Demonstrate results supported by rigorous data and draw appropriate conclusions from the described methods and analysis.
The journal welcomes manuscripts with “theory-only” research that advance our understanding of fundamental quantum aspects.
Language Standard: It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that manuscripts are written clearly. A manuscript can be rejected if the scientific meaning is unclear due to poor English. Manuscripts that do not meet APL Quantum’s language standard will be returned to the authors for rewrite before peer review, during the review process and/or if provisionally accepted pending language editing.
Because good science has no value unless it is clearly communicated, AIP Publishing recommends that authors use AIPP Author Services to improve the quality of your paper’s written English. AIPP Author Services was developed in line with our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for all authors. Using this service ensures that your paper will be free of language deficiencies, so editors and reviewers will be able to fully understand your research during the review process. A native English-speaking subject matter expert of AIP Author Services will correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and verify the use and consistency of technical terms and content in your paper. Note that this is not a requirement or a guarantee of acceptance for review or publication.
Format and Content
APL Quantum will publish the following article types:
Articles contain novel and significant findings relevant to many researchers in the field. The timeliness, relevance of the research, and clarity of presentation are important factors that we consider when evaluating Article submissions. Articles should include sufficient experimental information to allow other researchers to reproduce the reported results. Authors may include supplementary material, including video or other multimedia files.
Reviews are succinct overviews that provide historical background and detail recent progress in topics covered by the journal’s scope.These are by invitation only. Reviews should be written in a way that enhances or introduces the work to researchers in the field. Authors who wish to submit a review article without invitation must provide a strong case for why their review is timely and of interest to the readership of APL Quantum. Authors can download the pre-submission proposal form and submit the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly contact email@example.com for further information.
Perspectives cover emerging topics or highlight a recent discovery. These are by invitation only. They provide a forward-looking discussion on the direction of a particular sub-field. Perspectives differ from Reviews in that they can present personal viewpoints from leaders in the field.
Tutorials have a strong educational focus and are meant to provide an overview of the fundamental principles and techniques which are important within a given field or sub-field. These articles should be particularly useful for students and/or senior researchers looking to increase their understanding of a field that is new to them. These are by invitation only.
A Roadmap is a type of review article. This article type combines multiple sections, each written by different authors. The content of a Roadmap should focus on the status, advances, challenges, and future directions of subtopics within a field from multiple expert perspectives. As a united review, the Roadmap should provide a high-level overview of the field as a whole. Roadmaps should be composed when there is a need or opportunity for useful discussion and evaluation of the field. If you are interested in submitting a roadmap to APL Quantum please contact the editorial team for the appropriate next steps at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APL Quantum encourages authors to submit high-quality images to be considered for the cover of the issue, video, or other multimedia files to highlight on the journal webpage.
Manuscript Length: There is no length limit in this journal; however, manuscripts should be concise and present a clear description of the research for reproducibility. As a guideline, the main text of an article should contain approximately 3500 words, excluding the title and references. For guidance on Perspectives, the main text should contain less than 5500 words. Reviews, Tutorials, and Roadmaps are recommended to be up to 8000 words. In these papers, please insert section headings to structure the content and guide the reader.
The Review Process
The editor-in-chief, aided by the associate editors, is responsible for the content and editorial matters related to APL Quantum. To identify papers that meet the journal’s publication standards, the editors initially screen all submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts that pass the screening are evaluated by expert referees. Generally, two referees are sought, but decisions on publication may be made with additional reviews if required. Generally, we decide whether to publish a manuscript after one or two rounds of review. We will allow additional reviews if deemed necessary by the editors.
Professor Dr. Ortwin Hess
School of Physics and CRANN Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Dr. Ortwin Hess is the Chair Professor of Quantum Nanophotonics and SFI Research Professor in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, in Ireland. Before joining Trinity College he has been the Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College London in the UK. He is a Professor Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. For his research he has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of Optica.
Ortwin obtained his PhD degree and Habilitation in Berlin and Stuttgart, respectively. From 2003 to 2010 he was a professor at the University of Surrey (UK). He was visiting professor at Stanford University (USA), Tampere University (Finland) and the University of Munich (Germany).
Dr. Hess’s research interests bridge quantum nanophotonics with laser science and quantum metamaterials physics. He discovered the ‘trapped-rainbow’ principle, made defining contributions to the fields of spatio-temporal and quantum dynamics in semiconductor lasers and pioneered active quantum nanoplasmonics and optical metamaterials with quantum gain for which he has been awarded the Royal Society Rumford Medal1.
The Rumford Medal1 is awarded since 1800 by the Royal Society for outstanding research in the field of physics. Notable previous recipients of the Rumford Medal include (for example): Michael Faraday, Louis Pasteur, James Clerk Maxwell, Gustav Robert Kirchhoff, John Tyndall, Heinrich Hertz, Hendrik Anton Lorentz, Lord Rayleigh, William Henry Bragg, Friedrich Paschen and Peter Debye.
TU Braunschweig, Germany
Stefanie Kroker studied Physics at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena/Germany and Universidad de Granada/Spain. She did her Ph.D. with the Institute of Applied Physics at Friedrich Schiller University in 2014 and became an assistant professor at TU Braunschweig and the German National Metrology Institute, PTB, in 2016. In 2020, Stefanie Kroker received the Science Award Lower Saxony, and in 2021, she was appointed to a full professorship at TU Braunschweig. She is a member of the German clusters of excellence QuantumFrontiers and PhoenixD.
Yu-Jung (Yuri) Lu
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Dr. Yu-Jung Lu is an Associate Research Fellow in the Research Center for Applied Sciences at Academia Sinica and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at National Taiwan University. Dr. Lu received her Ph.D. in Physics from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, in 2013. She later held a Postdoctoral position in Prof. Harry Atwater’s research group at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA, from 2015 to 2017. Dr. Lu is a renowned materials physicist who specializes in active plasmonics, nanophotonics, and metamaterials. Her research focuses on plasmonic nanodevices that enable the harvesting, generation, and manipulation of light at the nanoscale.
Dr. Lu has made significant contributions to the plasmonics field, including discovering refractory plasmonic materials such as conductive transition metal nitrides and their nanoplasmonic devices. She is an active member of MRS, SPIE, and OPTICA, and serves as a referee for many prestigious journals. She has also chaired, co-chaired, and served as a committee member for international symposiums. In 2021, she was selected as one of the SPIE Women in Optics Planners. In 2023, she was elected as a SPIE Senior Member.
Dr. Lu has received several awards from Taiwan, including the 56th Taiwan Ten Outstanding Young Persons (2018), the Career Development Award (2018), and the Youth Optical Engineering Medal of the Taiwan Photonics Society (2020). Her research has been published in high-impact journals, such as Nature Communications, Nature Nanotechnology, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, ACS Photonics, Nano Energy, and Science.
Zhejiang University, China
Jian-Qiang You is the Qiushi Professor of Physics at Zhejiang University. Before joining this University, he was a Chair Professor of Physics at Beijing Computational Science Research Center and had been the Xie Xide Professor of Physics at Fudan University in Shanghai. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 at the Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the RIKEN Frontier Research System Grand Award in 2003, the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2006, and the Changjiang Scholar Distinguished Professor of Chinese Ministry of Education in 2008. He was also selected as the Leading Talent of “Ten Thousand Plan” (the National High-Level Talents Special Support Plan of China) in 2016. His research interests include quantum computing and quantum information, solid-state quantum optics, hybrid quantum systems, and mesoscopic physics.