1.0 Scope and Standards
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) is an international journal for the publication of original research papers, Perspectives, Communications and Comments in the areas of physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry and chemical physics. The journal is published weekly.
PCCP publishes kinetic, dynamic, spectroscopic, computational and theoretical studies of molecules and systems in both gas and condensed phases; as well as studies in electrochemistry, catalysis, interfaces, materials: from nano- to macrostructures and polymers, and biophysical chemistry.
Papers must report very high quality new work which makes a significant contribution within the scope of the journal. Manuscripts reporting data or applications of data with no new physicochemical insights are not suitable for publication in PCCP. Additionally, papers which contain insufficient information to ensure reproducibility or material which actively promotes the interest of a process, instrument, software or other intellectual property of actual or potential commercial value will not be considered suitable for publication in PCCP.
2.0 Article types
These contain either a complete study or a preliminary report but in either case must contain original and highly significant work whose interest to the PCCP readership and high novelty warrants rapid publication. Authors should supply with their submission a justification of why the work merits urgent publication as a Communication. Referees will be asked to judge the work on these grounds. Communications are given high visibility within the journal as they are published at the front of an issue. Communications will not normally exceed the length of four printed journal pages, however, exceptions may be made at the Editor's discretion. Full papers based on Communications are encouraged provided that they represent a substantial extension of the original material.
2.2 Full Papers
Full research papers contain original scientific work that has not been published previously. Full papers based on Communications are encouraged provided that they represent a substantial extension of the original material. There are no restrictions on the length of a paper. Authors should include a brief discussion in the Introduction that sets the context for the novel work and gives their motivation for carrying out the study.
These are commissioned by the PCCP Editorial Board and Editorial Office; suggestions from readers for topics and authors of Perspectives are most welcome and should be directed to the Editor. Perspectives are intended to be high profile articles that present an authoritative state-of-the-art account of the selected research field. A Perspective may take the form of a personal account of research, or a critical analysis of a topic of current interest. In either form, some new unpublished research may be included. Shorter Perspective articles (3-4 journal pages) highlighting a topical area or important new development in an established field will also be considered. Perspectives manuscripts undergo a full and rigorous peer review procedure, in the same way as regular PCCP research papers. Notes on the preparation of Perspectives are available from the Editor.
These are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions, normally concerning material published in PCCP. Comments will normally be forwarded to the authors of the work being discussed, and these authors will be given the opportunity to submit a Reply for publication together with the Comment. For publication of a Comment or a Reply, they must be judged by the referees to present new insights and be of interest to the PCCP readership. Comments and Replies will be reviewed in the normal way, but additional referees will be consulted if there is an unresolved disagreement between correspondents, or where there is doubt as to the significance of the Comment or Reply. Comments will not normally exceed a length of one printed journal page. Publication will take place only when all parties have had an opportunity to respond appropriately.