Colloquium on January 15th, 2007

Manolis Antonoyiannakis, APS, PRB/PRL

Peer Review at the journals of Physical Review & Letters

After a brief introduction to the nature of the American Physical Society, and some representative statistics of the Physical Review (PR) and Physical Review Letter (PRL) journals, I will explain how the process of publishing papers in PR/PRL works, what the editor's role is within the context of peer review, what the authors should be mindful of in the various stages of the process, and what we expect from the referees. I will present some of the challenges, problems, and constraints an editor faces, and discuss some ways to address them. Some anecdotal excerpts from actual correspondence (report, resubmittal letters) would hopefully elucidate the main ideas, and encourage further discussion.