Physical Review A

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Physical Review A  
Former names
Physical Review; Physical Review A, General Physics; Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Phys. Rev. A
Discipline Atomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum information
Language English
Edited by Gordon W. F. Drake
Publication details
American Physical Society (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 1050-2947 (print)
1094-1622 (web)
LCCN 9065653
OCLC no. 21266025

Physical Review A (also known as PRA) is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Physical Society covering atomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum information. The current Editor is Gordon W. F. Drake (University of Windsor).[1]


in 1893 the Physical Review was established at Cornell University. It was taken over by the American Physical Society (formed in 1899) in 1913; in 1970, Physical Review was subdivided into Physical Review A, B, C, and D. At that time section A was subtitled Physical Review A: General Physics. In 1990 a process was started to split this journal into two, resulting in the creation of Physical Review E in 1993. Hence, in 1993, Physical Review A changed its statement of scope to Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. In January 2007, the section of Physical Review E that published papers on classical optics was merged into Physical Review A, unifying the classical and quantum parts of optics into a single journal.[2][3] In 2016, Physical Review A broadened its formal statement of coverage to explicitly include quantum information, which has been a section within the journal since 1998. [4]

Rapid communications section[edit]

Physical Review A Rapid Communications was introduced in 1981 to provide a venue for quick publication of high-impact articles similar to Physical Review Letters, but for a more specialized audience. As of May 1, 2012, the editors have made more explicit the requirement for significance in Rapid articles;[5] in addition, as of March 8, 2010, the editors have placed newly published Rapid Communications articles on rotation as highlights on the Physical Review A website, so as to give them more visibility.[6]

Editors' Suggestions[edit]

In August 2013, Physical Review A started marking a small number of papers published in the journal which the editors find to be of particular interest, importance, or clarity as Editors’ Suggestions to give them higher visibility. [7]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:[8]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2014 impact factor of 2.808.[12]


  1. ^ "Home page". American Physical Society. July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  2. ^ "About the Physical Review Journals". American Physical Society. July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  3. ^ Drake, Gordon W. F. (July 1, 2010). "Editorial: 40th Anniversary of Physical Review A". American Physical Society. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  4. ^ Editors, The (January 19, 2016). "Editorial: Adding Quantum Information to Our Statement of Coverage for Physical Review A". American Physical Society. 
  5. ^ "Renewed Standards for Rapid Communications in Physical Review A". APS. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  6. ^ "Highlighting PRA Rapid Communications". APS. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  7. ^ Editors, The (August 1, 2013). "Announcement: PRA Editors' Suggestions". American Physical Society. 
  8. ^ "About Physical Review A". American Physical Society. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  9. ^ "Inspec list of journals" (PDF). Inspec. Institution of Engineering and Technology. Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  10. ^ "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  11. ^ a b "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  12. ^ "Physical Review A". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015. 

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