Journal Title
Physical Review Materials


2475-9953 / 2475-9953
Aims and Scope
Physical Review Materials is a new broad-scope international journal for the multidisciplinary community engaged in research on materials. It is intended to fill a gap in the family of existing Physical Review journals that publish materials research. This field has grown rapidly in recent years and is increasingly being carried out in a way that transcends conventional subject boundaries. The journal was created to provide a common publication and reference source to the expanding community of physicists, materials scientists, chemists, engineers, and researchers in related disciplines that carry out high-quality original research in materials. It will share the same commitment to the high quality expected of all APS publications.
Subject Area


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CiteScore Ranking
Category Quartile Rank
Physics and Astronomy - Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous) Q1 #11/67
Physics and Astronomy - General Materials Science Q2 #124/453
Web of Science Core Collection
Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
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Category (Journal Citation Reports 2023) Quartile
Country/Area of Publication
United States
American Physical Society
Annual Article Volume
Open Access
Verified Reviews
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I have submitted twice. For my first article as a PhD student, I originally wanted to submit it to PRB (Physical Review B). However, my advisor informed me that PRB no longer accepts articles on traditional materials after 2017. So, I decided to submit it to PRM (Physical Review Materials). Surprisingly, it went smoothly and I can almost say it was a green light all the way.

However, the second submission was a bit frustrating. Although my work also involved traditional materials, it delved into deep physics and was in a very niche research area. As a result, the editor directly rejected it, and their response gave me the impression that they didn't understand it at all. So, I wrote a letter arguing my case, reluctantly went through the review process, and the reviewers didn't strongly recommend it but asked several questions and requested proper answers. As a result, the editor seized this opportunity and rejected it again without delay. Later, I looked up the personal information of the editor responsible for my article and found that their research area had nothing to do with mine. It seemed quite irresponsible.

During my PhD, I have read many articles in PRM, and overall I appreciate the quality of some articles published there. However, based on my two submission experiences, it seems that the editing standards at PRM can vary. Therefore, one should be cautious when submitting.
I have submitted several times in the PR series and have had a few articles published, but to be honest, the quality of PRM articles is much worse than PRB. It is said to be the recycling bin for PRB, so it should be more accurately positioned. However, it is not easy to just submit to PRB. The editors value innovative points, especially in cases where the article is assigned to Editor Wang, it is basically impossible to pass, but it is relatively smooth with other editors. So, I suggest avoiding a certain editor.

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