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Physical Review A (also known as PRA) is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Physical Society covering atomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum information. The current Editor is Gordon W. F. Drake (University of Windsor).[1]

Physical Review A  
DisciplineAtomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum information
Edited byGordon W. F. Drake
Publication details
Former name(s)
Physical Review; Physical Review A, General Physics; Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Publication history
American Physical Society (United States)
Standard abbreviations
Phys. Rev. A
ISSN1050-2947 (print)
1094-1622 (web)
OCLC no.21266025



in 1893 the Physical Review was established at Cornell University. It was taken over by the American Physical Society (formed in 1899) in 1913. In 1970, Physical Review was subdivided into Physical Review A, B, C, and D. At that time section A was subtitled Physical Review A: General Physics. In 1990 a process was started to split this journal into two, resulting in the creation of Physical Review E in 1993. Hence, in 1993, Physical Review A changed its statement of scope to Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics. In January 2007, the section of Physical Review E that published papers on classical optics was merged into Physical Review A, unifying the classical and quantum parts of optics into a single journal.[2][3] In 2016, Physical Review A broadened its formal statement of coverage to explicitly include quantum information, which has been a section within the journal since 1998. [4]

Rapid communications sectionEdit

Physical Review A Rapid Communications was introduced in 1981 to provide a venue for quick publication of high-impact articles similar to Physical Review Letters, but for a more specialized audience. As of May 1, 2012, the editors have made more explicit the requirement for significance in Rapid articles.[5] In addition, as of March 8, 2010, the editors have placed newly published Rapid Communications articles on rotation as highlights on the Physical Review A website, so as to give them more visibility.[6]

Editors' SuggestionsEdit

In August 2013, Physical Review A started marking a small number of papers published in the journal which the editors find to be of particular interest, importance, or clarity as Editors’ Suggestions to give them higher visibility. [7]

Abstracting and indexingEdit

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:[8]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2014 impact factor of 2.808.[12]


  1. ^ "Home page". American Physical Society. July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  2. ^ "About the Physical Review Journals". American Physical Society. July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  3. ^ Drake, Gordon W. F. (July 1, 2010). "Editorial: 40th Anniversary of Physical Review A". American Physical Society. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  4. ^ Editors, The (January 19, 2016). "Editorial: Adding Quantum Information to Our Statement of Coverage for Physical Review A". American Physical Society.
  5. ^ "Renewed Standards for Rapid Communications in Physical Review A". APS. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  6. ^ "Highlighting PRA Rapid Communications". APS. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  7. ^ Editors, The (August 1, 2013). "Announcement: PRA Editors' Suggestions". American Physical Society.
  8. ^ "About Physical Review A". American Physical Society. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  9. ^ "Inspec list of journals" (PDF). Inspec. Institution of Engineering and Technology. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  10. ^ "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  11. ^ a b "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  12. ^ "Physical Review A". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015.

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