The journal Nature Reviews Physics was launched in January this year and has been off to a strong start with contributions from well-known authors in the field. Its first issue featured a comment by the American theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner Frank Wilczek titled “The evolving unity of physics” in which he discusses the synergy between the different fields of physics.
March and April followed with two focus issues on nuclear power and the future of particle accelerators while the May issue featured an article about the representation of women in physics.
The journal was launched to fill a gap in the physics literature. It champions a different approach to reviews having a strong focus on techniques and instrumentation, software and data analysis, and developing new article types. It aims to expand into areas in physics that are currently insufficiently covered in Nature journals, such as particle physics. It also includes highlights of conferences to keep the readership informed about latest developments.
“We already had a lot of positive feedback on social media mentioning for example ‘The physics of brain network structure, function and control’ as well as ‘Geometric phase from Aharonov–Bohm to Pancharatnam–Berry and beyond’, said Iulia Georgescu chief editor of Nature Reviews Physics.
Other highlights included the article “Stochastic weather and climate models,” by T. N. Palmer which was also covered in the New York Times as well as the review “Ultrastrong coupling between light and matter” which has already been cited over 30 times.
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