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Coronavirus (COVID-19) response from the Physical Review journals published by the American Physical Society (APS)

Last updated: 7 April 2020

APS delivers its mission in a number of ways, including advancing scientific discovery and research dissemination, and serving the scientific community, through the publication of the Physical Review family of journals. As a global publisher, we are reminded daily of the ways the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is disrupting the personal and professional lives of many members of the communities we serve, as well as the operations of their affiliated institutions and organizations, in many parts of the world.

APS is committed to doing its part to slow the spread of COVID-19, while continuing to serve our members, customers, and broader community, as well as ensuring the health and safety of our employees, including the staff and editorial teams who work on the journals we publish. These priorities will remain first and foremost as we do our best to maintain the high level of publishing services our communities and customers expect from the Physical Review journals.

As we continue to do all we can to support our valued authors, referees, readers, and librarians, we will post the most current information relevant to the publication of our journals on this page, and update the information as the situation evolves and new developments are addressed. You can also read about broader APS efforts on our .

If you have a question, comment, or concern that is not addressed below, please reach out to our support team via email at help@stellexms.com.

Summary of key updates

  • All Physical Review editorial and publishing functions continue to operate at full capacity.
  • APS is extending increased support and flexibility to authors, referees, readers and librarians experiencing challenges due to COVID-19.
  • APS is highlighting peer-reviewed research, data, and other information relevant to COVID-19, and taking steps to make it more discoverable, accessible, and useable.

Detailed FAQ

How is COVID-19 affecting the Physical Review journals’ editorial and publishing processes and services?

To date we have experienced no significant disruptions to our editorial and publishing processes and services, and the teams responsible for all aspects of the Physical Review journals continue to work at full capacity. Authors can still submit manuscripts for review, and referees can still submit reports; at this time they are still being processed as usual. All APS office locations are currently closed and all staff have been instructed and equipped to work remotely.

We have begun hearing from some referees who are experiencing various types of disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a consequence, it is possible that some peer-review tasks will require more time to complete than usual. This may result in delays in the editorial process on some manuscripts under consideration. That said, our team of professional editors are trained and experienced in mitigating such circumstances and will do everything in their power to minimize delays while aiming to maintain our standard level of service to authors and referees.

Are the journals offering deadline extensions on author and referee tasks?

Yes. If you currently have an open author or referee task and expect to be delayed in completing the task, please let our teams know by responding to the latest email correspondence relevant to the task. We much prefer you reach out with such a request, rather than not respond and leave the task open, as it allows our teams to best manage the process and minimize any resulting delays.

Our teams, and the authors we serve, are all particularly grateful for the assistance of referees who are able to report under these circumstances, and we understand that it might take longer than normal to return a report. If you are asked to referee but cannot review at this time, our editors welcome suggestions for alternative referees.

How is APS supporting researchers who are now working remotely, physically away from their affiliated institutions, and encountering difficulty in accessing content published in the Physical Review journals?

We recognize that some researchers currently working away from their home institutions are experiencing difficulties accessing our journals, and so we are actively working to improve access via several mechanisms. We have created, and will update as necessary, a support page detailing options for off-campus access to the Physical Review journals.

We also suggest researchers visit the support pages provided by your institution’s library, where applicable, for remote access options your institution may offer.

We encourage those experiencing difficulty accessing the journals to contact us with details, so that we can work towards better supporting you and others experiencing similar issues. Contact us via email to help@stellexms.com.

How are APS and the Physical Review journals it publishes supporting the efforts of those working to address the COVID-19 public health emergency?

In support of global efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Physical Society (APS) has committed to making potentially relevant, peer-reviewed articles from our Physical Review journals more discoverable, accessible, and usable. Towards this objective, for the duration of the crisis we are doing the following:

  • We have identified a collection of articles potentially relevant to researchers, medical workers, public health officials, policy makers, and others working on the COVID-19 pandemic. The scope of the collection includes any articles that mention coronavirus, as well as those classified as relevant to epidemiology and epidemic spreading models. We will continue to add to the collection as additional potentially relevant articles are identified, and as new articles with potential relevance are published.
  • We are making all articles in the collection freely available online.
  • As a participant in the , we are working with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine (NLM) to make our coronavirus-related articles discoverable and accessible through PubMed Central (PMC) and facilitate text and data mining and secondary analysis through machine-readable formats and licenses.
  • As a signatory on the , we will immediately share with the World Health Organization (WHO) any research findings relevant to the outbreak upon journal submission, by the journal and with author knowledge. We also strongly encourage researchers to share interim and final research data relating to the outbreak, together with protocols and standards used to collect the data, as rapidly and widely as possible, including with public health and research communities and the WHO.
  • As always, our policies allow authors to make research findings available via non-commercial preprint servers ahead of submission to our journals. This practice will not pre-empt acceptance of manuscripts or publication of articles in our journals.

What is Physics Magazine doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

is actively reporting on the physics community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The publication is also partnering with to invite and share personal anecdotes from members of the physics community (). Physics Magazine will also continue to cover news from scientific meetings, even though many are now being organized virtually.

What should I do if I am encountering challenges in paying an Article Publication Charge (APC) or other fees associated with publishing my article?

If you are experiencing challenges in remitting payment of APCs or other fees associated with publishing in our journals, please contact us via email to payments@stellexms.com.

How is APS supporting research institutions experiencing difficulty in processing subscription renewals to the Physical Review journals?

APS is working on a case-by-case basis with customers who are experiencing challenges in processing their subscription renewal order and/or payment. Our customer care team is available to address any concerns and questions regarding renewals. Please contact us at customercare@stellexms.com.

Additional support and information is available at the .

My institution is currently closed and we have concerns about shipments of print journals we ordered.

If you have any questions regarding shipment of print orders, please contact subs@stellexms.com.

Beyond information about the journals, what is the best way to keep up with the latest news and information about the status of APS meetings and other activities aimed at serving members of the scientific community?

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