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Impact factor: 3.945*
Eigenfactor Score: 0.10767*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 31.0 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 40.0 days***
Indexed in MEDLINE and Web of Science
Chair: Anouk Rijs
Deputy Chair: Henry Schaefer
Article submissions (2022): 5766
Article publications (2022): 2769
Open access publishing options available
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) is an international journal co-owned by 19 physical chemistry and physics societies from around the world. This journal publishes original, cutting-edge research in physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry. To be suitable for publication in PCCP, articles must include significant innovation and/or insight into physical chemistry; this is the most important criterion that reviewers and Editors will judge against when evaluating submissions.
The journal has a broad scope and welcomes contributions spanning experiment, theory, computation and data science. Topical coverage includes spectroscopy, dynamics, kinetics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, catalysis, surface science, quantum mechanics, quantum computing and machine learning. Interdisciplinary research areas such as polymers and soft matter, materials, nanoscience, energy, surfaces/interfaces, and biophysical chemistry are welcomed if they demonstrate significant innovation and/or insight into physical chemistry. Joined experimental/theoretical studies are particularly appreciated when complementary and based on up-to-date approaches.
Discover the PCCP Owner Societies
PCCP is co-owned by a group of 19 chemistry, physical chemistry and physics societies from around the world.
PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award
This award recognises early career researchers, who have made a significant contribution to physical chemistry, chemical physics, or biophysical chemistry, in their independent academic careers.
Nominations are currently open for this award until 30 September 2022, with a new winner being announced early 2023.
Read about eligibility, how to nominate, and see all award winners
See who's on the team
Meet the PCCP Chair and other board members.
Anouk Rijs, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam,The Netherlands
Henry Schaefer, University of Georgia, USA
Bo Albinsson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Luis Bañares, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Maria Lucia Curri, University of Bari, Italy
Chantal Daniel, Institute of Chemistry, University of Strasbourg, France
Keith Gordon, University of Otago, New Zealand
Jürgen Janek, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
Hiroshi Kondoh, Keio University, Japan
Anna Krylov, University of Southern California, USA
Prabal Maiti, Indian Institute of Science, India
Ron Naaman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Isaac Tamblyn, University of Ottawa, Canada
Yunjie Xu, University of Alberta, Canada
John Zhang, NYU Shanghai, China
C Adamo, ENSCP Chimie Paris Tech, France
Hans Ågren, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Ayyappanpillai Ajayaghosh, CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), India
Katsuhiko Ariga, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
Paul Ayers, McMaster University, Canada
Piero Baglioni, University of Florence, Italy
Vincenzo Barone, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy
Malgorzata Biczysko, Shanghai University, China
Evan Bieske, University of Melbourne, Australia
Julie Biteen, University of Michigan, USA
David Casanova, Donostia International Physics Center, Spain
Piergiorgio Casavecchia FRSC, University of Perugia, Italy
Ove Christiansen, University of Aarhus, Denmark
G Andres Cisneros, University of North Texas, USA
Sonia Coriani, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Mattanjah DeVries, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Cristina Díaz, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Jairton Dupont, University of Nottingham, UK
Shirin Faraji, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Daan Frenkel, University of Cambridge, UK
Asuka Fujii, Tohoku University, Japan
Laura Gagliardi, University of Minnesota, USA
Marie-Pierre Gaigeot, Universite d'Evry val d'Essonne, France
Subi George, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), India
Robert (Benny) Gerber, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel
Debashree Ghosh, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India
Daniella Goldfarb, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Stefan Grimme, University of Bonn, Germany
Martina Havenith, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Krister Holmberg, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Yasuhiro Iwasawa, University of Tokyo, Japan
Denis Jacquemin, Université de Nantes, France
Thomas Jagau, KU Leuven, Belgium
Erin Johnson, Dalhousie University, Canada
Seong Keun Kim, Seoul National University, Korea
Julie MacPherson, University of Warwick, UK
Spiridoula Matsika, Temple University, USA
Hedi Mattoussi, Florida State University, USA
Frank Neese, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany
David Nesbitt, University of Colorado, USA
Dan Neumark, UC Berkeley, USA
Modesto Orozco, IRB Barcelona - Parc Científic de Barcelona, Spain
Katya Pas, Monash University, Australia
G Naresh Patwari, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Marie-Paule Pileni, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Martin Pumera, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Pekka Pyykkö, University of Helsinki, Finland
Mary Rodgers, Wayne State University, USA
Srinivasan Sampath, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India
Ruth Signorell, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Timothy Schmidt, University of New South Wales, Australia
Martin Suhm FRSC, University of Göttingen, Germany
Arthur Suits, University of Missouri, USA
Dage Sundholm, University of Helsinki, Finland
Toshinori Suzuki, Kyoto University, Japan
Alessandro Troisi, University of Warwick, UK
Shimon Vega, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
David Waldeck, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Li-jun Wan, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Bert Weckhuysen FRSC, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Xueming Yang, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Anne Zehnacker-Rentien, Université Paris-Sud 11, France
G Ertl HonFRSC, Berlin, Germany
B Feringa, University of Groningen, Netherlands
S W Hell, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
J Jortner FRSC, Tel Aviv, Israel
M Karplus, Harvard University, USA
K Kohse- Hoeinghaus, Universitaet Bielefeld, Germany
Y T Lee, Academia Sinica, Chinese Taipei
W H Miller, Berkeley, USA
E Neher, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
J Polanyi HonFRSC, Toronto, Canada
H Schwarz, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
J P Simons, University of Oxford, UK
Gabor A Somorjai, California, USA
Jürgen Troe, GWDG, Germany
R N Zare HonFRSC, Stanford, USA
J Aoiz, Spain (Real Sociedad Española de Química)
D Berti, Italy (Società Chimica Italiana)
A Brown, Canada (Canadian Society for Chemistry)
H Cohen, Israel (Israel Chemical Society)
O Crescenzi, Italy (Società Chimica Italiana)
S Eason, New Zealand (New Zealand Institute of Chemistry)
R Wester, Austria (Österreichische Physikalische Gesellschaft)
K Holmberg, Sweden (Svenska Kemisamfundet)
L Hviid, The Netherlands (Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging)
J Keegan, Ireland (Institute of Chemistry of Ireland)
M Lim, Korea (Korean Chemical Society)
J Macpherson, UK (Royal Society of Chemistry)
M Mahramanlioglu, Turkey (Türkiye Kimya Dernegi)
A Michalak, Poland (Polskie Towarzystwo Chemiczne)
M Pettersson, Finland (Suomalaisten Kemistien Seura I Finland)
M Quack, Switzerland (Swiss Chemical Society)
J Sauer, Germany (Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie)
E Uggerud, Norway (Norsk Kjemisk Selskap)
C Vallance, UK (Royal Society of Chemistry)
S Vogel, Denmark (Kemisk Forening)
D Wilson, Australia (Royal Australian Chemical Institute)
- Full papers
- Tutorial Reviews
These are urgent reports of highly original and significant work likely to have a high impact on the community and of such importance that rapid publication is justified.
Communications are given priority treatment, are fast-tracked through the publication process and appear prominently at the front of the journal in a dedicated Communications section.
At the time of submission authors should supply a short statement justifying why the work merits urgent publication as a Communication. Reviewers will be asked to judge the work on these grounds.
It is recommended that Communications do not exceed four printed journal pages, authors may find the Communications template useful for preparing their submissions.
Section headings, lengthy introductions and discussion, extensive data, and excessive experimental details should not be included. Figures and tables should be essential to understanding the paper. The experimental evidence necessary to support a Communication should be supplied for the referees and eventual publication as electronic supplementary information (ESI).
Full papers contain original scientific work that has not been published previously. They must demonstrate significant new insight into physical chemistry; this is the prime criterion that reviewers and the Editors will judge against when evaluating submissions.
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 new work and gives their motivation for carrying out the study.
Concise and critical reviews of important or emerging topics in physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry. Reviews should be easy to read and cover current areas of interest, rather than comprehensive reviews of the literature, and may include a limited amount of unpublished research.
Tutorial reviews provide an essential introduction to a particular area of physical chemistry, chemical physics or biophysical chemistry. The article should have particular appeal to early career researchers, as well as established researchers seeking new fields to explore. Tutorial reviews may include a limited amount of unpublished research.
Perspectives are high profile articles that present an authoritative state-of-the-art account of the selected research field. PCCP Perspectives take a wide variety of forms including personal accounts of research and critical analyses of topics of current interest.
Perspective articles should provide critical evaluation, placing any personal work in the context of the wider literature. Simple literature surveys will not be accepted for publication. Some new unpublished research may be included.
There are no strict length requirements, but as a general guide Perspectives and Reviews are typically between 6 - 20 pages in length, whilst some Tutorial Reviews are more in-depth. Shorter Perspective articles of 3 - 4 journal pages highlighting a topical area or important new development in an established field will also be considered.
Perspectives, Reviews and Tutorial Reviews are commissioned by the PCCP Editorial Board and Editorial Office and we welcome suggestions of topics and authors. We also welcome direct submissions. Enquiries regarding the submission of these article types should be directed to the Editor.
All Review-type articles undergo full and rigorous peer review, in the same way as regular PCCP research papers.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in PCCP.
For publication, a Comment should present an alternative analysis of and/or new insight into the previously published material. Any Reply should further the discussion presented in the original article and the Comment. Comments and Replies that contain any form of personal attack are not suitable for publication.
Comments that are acceptable for publication will be forwarded to the authors of the work being discussed, and these authors will be given the opportunity to submit a Reply. The Comment and Reply will both be subject to rigorous peer review in consultation with the journal’s Editorial Board where appropriate. The Comment and Reply will be published together.
To help authors publish their research with us we host our PCCP LaTeX template in the Overleaf authoring tool. Overleaf simplifies LaTeX authorship by enabling collaborators to easily prepare and edit their manuscripts with real-time format previewing, simple document sharing and collaboration, and user support and LaTeX help.
With one click, the PDF of your manuscript and a ZIP file of the LaTeX source files are sent directly to the PCCP submission system without the need to download and re-upload files, making the process quicker and easier.
A free introductory course is available to authors who are new to LaTeX and Overleaf. Our Microsoft Word templates are located in our author guidelines.
Journal specific guidelines
Papers that 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.
Open access publishing options
PCCP is a hybrid journal and gives authors the choice of publishing their research either via the traditional subscription-based model or instead by choosing our gold open access option.
Gold open access
For authors who want to publish their article gold open access, PCCP charges an article processing charge (APC) of £2,500 (+ any applicable tax). Our APC is all-inclusive and makes your article freely available online immediately, permanently, and includes your choice of Creative Commons licence (CC BY or CC BY-NC) at no extra cost. It is not a submission charge, so you only pay if your article is accepted for publication.
Learn more about publishing open access.
Read & Publish
If your institution has a Read & Publish agreement in place with the Royal Society of Chemistry, APCs for gold open access publishing in PCCP may already be covered.
Check if your institution is already part of our Read & Publish community.
Please use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript; this helps us to identify if you are eligible for Read & Publish or other APC discounts.
Traditional subscription model
Authors can also publish in PCCP via the traditional subscription model without needing to pay an APC. Articles published via this route are available to institutions and individuals who subscribe to the journal. Our standard licence allows you to make the accepted manuscript of your article freely available after a 12-month embargo period. This is known as the green route to open access.
PCCP publishes a number of themed collections every year, guest edited by members of the physical chemistry community on timely and important topics. Selected festschrift collections in honour of a notable scientist within the field are also published. Themed collections are available to read here.
Members of the community are welcome to submit proposals for themed collections that would be of interest to the PCCP readership. Please use the form below to submit a proposal. All proposals will be considered by the Editorial Board and assessed based on the timeliness and relevance of the topic to PCCP readers.Suggest a topic
PCCP has a large and international readership, which spans many communities in the broad fields of physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry.
PCCP is part of RSC Gold and Core Chemistry subscription packages.
Online only 2023: ISSN 1463-9084, £4,448 / $7,835
*2021 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2022)
**The median time from submission to first decision including manuscripts rejected without peer review from the previous calendar year
***The median time from submission to first decision for peer-reviewed manuscripts rejected from the previous calendar year
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