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Instructions for Authors

Aims & Scope

The European Physical Journal C (EPJ C) presents new and original research results in theoretical physics and experimental physics, in a variety of different article categories, including Regular Articles, Reviews, Tools for Experiment and Theory, Scientific Notes and Letters. The range of topics is extensive. Please consult the full Aims & Scope for more details.

Article Categories


Letters must describe new and original work deserving rapid publication. Their aim is fast and concise communication of material of current interest:

  • an important theoretical, computational or experimental result
  • a valuable discussion of, or a short essay on, an open scientific issue
  • a valuable presentation of innovative and promising ideas and concepts
in the fields covered by the journal. In order to make a fast refereeing and decision procedure possible, and to address a broad readership, Letters should not exceed 4 printed pages in the EPJ style format, and should contain no more than 4 figures and/or tables.

Regular Articles

Regular Articles describe original work, or provide details of original work previously published in a Letter article. There is no general limitation of the overall size nor of the number of figures, nor of the level of details considered to be necessary.

Tools for Experiment and Theory

Tools for Experiment and Theory are articles presenting original and new developments of particle detectors, readout electronics, computational methods or analysis tools. Direct relevance to physics topics within the "Aims and Scopes" must be demonstrated. An important subgroup are Scientific Notes, typically based on internal notes of experimental collaborations, detailing specific aspects of importance for understanding and assessing the physics results presented in large collaboration papers. Technical details down to the level of construction drawings, electronic circuit diagrams or computer codes should not be included but may be added as electronic-only supplementory material.


Reviews are by invitation only through the Editorial Board. There is no general limit to the overall length - they may contain, but should not be restricted to, original work. Reviews will fall into one of the following categories:

  • 1) Comprehensive reviews of major topics within the "Aims and Scope" of EPJ A and EPJ C. Their primary assets will be pedagogical exposition, synthesis of key developments, and the inclusion of a definitive and representative bibliography.
  • 2) Technical papers presenting an extensive review of a specialist topic within the "Aims and Scope".
  • 3) Reviews of a newly emerging field, providing an up-to-date synthesis and an extended discussion of the open questions. The discussion is expected to lead to an assessment of the possible further developments within the field, potentially making a substantial contribution to guiding decisions concerning the planning or running of experimental and observational facilities.
  • 4) Outstanding thesis or working reports, the richness and importance of whose details justify the exceptional publication of the full length work.

Manuscript Submission

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities—tacitly or explicitly—at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

Online Submission

Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times and shortens overall publication times. Please click on Submit online and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen. In case of problems or queries during the submission process, please contact the Editorial Office. The Editorial Office will also assist you with other forms of electronic or hard-copy submission if online submission is not possible.

Refereeing and Acceptance

All manuscripts are refereed carefully by experts in the field from the Editorial Board and also by external referees. When submitting their article authors are invited to suggest an Associate Editor to handle their manuscript but this suggestion is not binding. The responsible Editor-in-Chief will make the final decision and inform the corresponding author. In case of acceptance, all portions of the final manuscript should be sent to the production department according to the instructions mentioned in the acceptance letter from the Editor-in-Chief. In case of revisions the author will be asked to resubmit a revised version to the system. In case of rejection there is a well-defined procedure in place for appeals that is described in the rejection letter.

How to Prepare a Manuscript

Manuscripts should be submitted in LaTeX. Please use the LATEX2e macro package, designed especially for EPJ. It is available here. The submission should include the original source (all style files and figures) and a PDF version of the compiled output. For further technical details on how to prepare a manuscript see the Instructions for Authors.

Contact in case of technical problems/questions:

In case of technical problems/questions please contact the Production Office.


Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors. If you request permission from EPJ, please see FAQ/Permission Requests for further information.

Open Access Publication

EPJ C is an open-access journal funded by SCOAP3 and licensed under CC BY 4.0. No transfer of copyright is required.

Proof Reading

The purpose of the proof is to check for typesetting or conversion errors and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Substantial changes in content, e.g., new results, corrected values, title and authorship, are not allowed without the approval of the Editor. After online publication, further changes can only be made in the form of an Erratum, which will be hyperlinked to the article.

Good scientific practice in publishing:

EPJ is committed to safeguarding good scientific practice in publishing at all levels. For details please see FAQ/Good scientific practice in publishing.

I. Antoniadis, L. Baudis, J. Engelen and G. Isidori
We especially appreciate the reviewer's patience and many helpful suggestions.

Zhang-Yu Nie

ISSN: 1434-6044 (Print Edition)
ISSN: 1434-6052 (Electronic Edition)

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