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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research

AAPT is pleased to cosponsor Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, a peer reviewed electronic-only journal. For guidelines please go to APS's information for authors page.

This journal will be distributed without charge, and financed by publication charges to the authors or to the authors' institutions. These charges will be made up of two components - a per article charge of $700 to defray the editorial expenses plus a length dependent charge of $80 per 125 lines to defray production and composition expenses. The length of the manuscript is estimated using the American Physical Society's (APS's) standard guidelines (see Length Estimate Guidelines).

Payment of these charges is necessary to maintain free access to the journal. Accepted manuscripts will not be forwarded to production until the publication charges are paid in full. If an author or the author's institution is unable to pay the charges in full, the author may request a reduction of the publication charge by sending a formal request to stper-waiver@aps.org. We ask that all requests include a justification for the reduction and the amount of aid needed. The aid will come from limited funds donated by the sponsoring organizations, AAPT and the APS Forum on Education.

We are especially fortunate that Professor Robert Beichner of North Carolina State University has accepted the position of Editor of the journal. He was recently elected to be an APS Fellow for his efforts in advancing the field of physics education research and promoting the application of its findings in the nation's classroom. Also, Nobel Laureate Professor Carl Wieman of the University of Colorado has agreed to Chair the Editorial Board.

The criteria for acceptance of articles will include the high scholarly and technical standards of our other Physical Reviewjournals. The scope of the journal will cover the full range of experimental and theoretical research on the teaching and/or learning of physics. Review articles, replication studies, descriptions of the development and use of new assessment tools, presentation of research techniques, and methodology comparisons/critiques are welcomed.

Please visit the journal's home site for additional information.