Physics of Fluids

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Physics of Fluids  
Physics of Fluids.jpg
DisciplineFluid dynamics
Edited byAlan Jeffrey Giacomin
Publication details
AIP Publishing (United States)
2.627 (2018)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Phys. Fluids
ISSN1070-6631 (print)
1089-7666 (web)

Physics of Fluids is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal covering fluid dynamics, established by the American Institute of Physics in 1958, and is published by AIP Publishing. The journal focus is the dynamics of gases, liquids, and complex or multiphase fluids—and the journal contains original research resulting from theoretical, computational, and experimental studies. [1]


From 1958 through 1988, the journal included plasma physics. From 1989 until 1993, the journal split into Physics of Fluids A covering fluid dynamics, and Physics of Fluids B, on plasma physics. In 1994, the latter was renamed Physics of Plasmas, and the former continued under its original name, Physics of Fluids.

The journal was originally published by the American Institute of Physics in cooperation with the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics. In 2016, the American Institute of Physics became the sole publisher. From 1985–2015, Physics of Fluids published the Gallery of Fluid Motion, containing award-winning photographs, images, and visual streaming media of fluid flow.

With funding from the American Institute of Physics the annual "François Naftali Frenkiel Award" was established by the American Physical Society in 1984 to reward a young scientist who published a paper containing significant contributions to fluid dynamics during the previous year. The award-winning paper was chosen from Physics of Fluids until 2016, but is presently chosen from Physical Review Fluids. Similarly, the invited papers from plenary talks at the annual American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics were formerly published in Physics of Fluids but, since 2016, are now published in either this journal[2][3] or Physical Review Fluids.


Physics of Fluids A, Physics of Fluids B, and Physics of Fluids were ranked 3, 4, and 6, respectively based on their citation impact from 1981–2004 within the category of journals on the physics of fluids and plasmas.[4] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2018 impact factor of 2.627.[5]


The following persons are or have been editors-in-chief:[6]

Further reading[edit]

  • Scott, John T. (2008), "Fifty years of Physics of Fluids", Physics of Fluids, 20 (1): 011301, Bibcode:2008PhFl...20a1301S, doi:10.1063/1.2832774
  • Kim, John; Leal, L. Gary (2008), "Editorial: Fifty years of Physics of Fluids", Physics of Fluids, 20 (1): 010401, Bibcode:2008PhFl...20a0401K, doi:10.1063/1.2832366


  1. ^ "Overview - Focus and Coverage". Physics of Fluids. American Institute of Physics. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  2. ^ "Recipient". American Physical Society. 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  3. ^ "Geometric optimization of riblet-textured surfaces for drag reduction in laminar boundary layer flows". American Institute of Physics. May 2, 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  4. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Physics — Fluids & Plasmas". Thomson Scientific. May 8, 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  5. ^ "Physics of Fluids". 2018 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2019.
  6. ^ "Alan Jeffrey Giacomin Appointed New Editor-In-Chief of AIP Publishing's Physics of Fluids". AIP Publishing. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-16.

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