Physical Review A

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Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics  
Former names
Physical Review; Physical Review A, General Physics
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Phys. Rev. A At. Mol. Opt. Phys.
Discipline Atomic, molecular, and optical physics
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: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Physical Society covering atomic, molecular, and optical physics. The editor-in-chief is Gordon W. F. Drake (University of Windsor).[1]


in 1893 the Physical Review was established; it was taken over by the American Physical Society in 1913. In 1970, it was subdivided into Physical Review A, B, C, and D. At that time section A was subtitled, Physical Review A: General Physics. From 1990 until 1993 a process was started to split this journal into two. Hence, in 1993, it changed in name to its current title. In January 2007, the section Physical Review E which published works on classical optics, was merged into Physical Review A, unifying the classical and quantum parts of optics into a single journal.[2][3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:[6]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2014 impact factor of 2.808.[10]


  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. ^ "Renewed Standards for Rapid Communications in Physical Review A". APS. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Highlighting PRA Rapid Communications". APS. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  6. ^ "About Physical Review A". American Physical Society. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  7. ^ "Inspec list of journals" (PDF). Inspec. Institution of Engineering and Technology. Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  8. ^ "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  9. ^ a b "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2015-07-02. 
  10. ^ "Physical Review A". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015. 

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