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Philosophical Magazine Letters

Now An Open Access Journal

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Philosophical Magazine Letters is converting to open access from its 2023 volume.

Philosophical Magazine Letters, launched 35 years ago as the daughter journal of Philosophical Magazine (established 225 years ago) is converting to be fully open access from its 2023 volume.

The conversion of the journal to full open access will provide the benefits of increased readership and visibility, and compliance with an ever-increasing number of research funders’ mandates.

In addition to increasing its accessibility to readers, Philosophical Magazine Letters is broadening its scope and will publish research articles, short communications, and review articles across the broad area of physics. For further details, please see the journal’s updated Aims and Scope.

The journal will foster the immediate and wide-scale dissemination of research results through adoption of an  open access model. Every submission will continue to be subject to the usual vigorous reviewing process.

Philosophical Magazine Letters is a well-established journal, with an Impact Factor and Cite Score, and a strong Editorial Board of prominent and respected academics from diverse regional and institutional backgrounds. After publication, articles will be freely accessible to everyone, and will further benefit from publication in a highly visible and well-respected journal.

As part of the transition to open access, all manuscripts received from 23 August 2022 will proceed through Philosophical Magazine Letters‘ new open-access submission portal. Authors who submit from this date will be required to pay an article publishing charge (APC). APCs can often be paid by an author’s research funder or institution, through pre-existing arrangements with Taylor & Francis.

See full Instructions for Authors, including details on how to submit your article and APCs here.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and hope that you will join us to embrace Philosophical Magazine Lettersnew open access future.

    Contribute to Philosophical Magazine Letters

    The journal is particularly interested in receiving short- and medium-length articles, and review articles, within the broad scope of physics, including:

    • important preliminary research findings for rapid communication;

    • theoretical;

    • experimental;

    • applied;

    • and computational research.

                  There is a comprehensive description of the journal scope as well as a clear set of instructions for authors on the  journal website.  

                  We look forward to receiving your submissions and hope you join us to embrace Philosophical Magazine Letters’ open access future. 


                  I am excited about Philosophical Magazine Letters becoming an open access journal.  The change will benefit authors by ensuring their papers reach a wider audience and can be freely shared without restrictions. – Professor Edward A Davis, Editor-in-Chief

                  After graduating in physics from the University of Birmingham and undertaking PhD research at the University of Reading, Professor Davis has held positions at the University of Illinois, the Xerox Corporation (USA), the University of Cambridge and the University of Leicester.  He is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, UK.

                  His research interests are in solid-state physics, particularly semiconductors, amorphous materials and glasses. He is currently studying the work of the Victorian scientist and Nobel Laureate Lord Rayleigh, in addition to helping with the preservation of Rayleigh’s original laboratories around which he conducts regular tours.  
                  Professor Davis is Chairman of an International Advisory Committee responsible for organising a biennial series of conferences on the history of physics.  He has authored or co-authored 7 books and over 200 papers.

                  Portrait of Professor Edward A Davis,, Philosophical Magazine Letters

                  Why publish open access?

                  • Increase the visibility and readership of your research by publishing in a fully open access journal.

                  • Make an impact beyond the academy by making your article accessible to anyone, anywhere (including readers in industry and even policy-makers).

                  • Freely share your work with no restrictions or paywall.

                  • Retain ownership of your research through our unrestrictive publishing agreements.

                  • Discounts and waivers for researchers in developing countries are available. The journal will also consider requests for discretionary APC waivers. Find out if your institution or country has an open access agreement to publish with us.

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