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Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (also known as PRB) is a peer-reviewed, scientific journal, published by the American Physical Society (APS). The Editor of PRB is Laurens W. Molenkamp. It is part of the Physical Review family of journals.[1] The current Editor in Chief is Michael Thoennessen. PRB currently publishes over 4500 papers a year, making it one of the largest physics journals in the world.[2][3]


The focus of this journal is on new results in condensed matter physics, which includes a wide variety of subject areas, such as semiconductors, superconductivity, magnetism, structure, phase transitions, ferroelectrics, nonordered systems, liquids, quantum solids, superfluidity, electronic structure, photonic crystals, mesoscopic systems, surfaces, clusters, fullerenes, graphene, nanoscience, etc.[2]

PRB was created in 1970 when the original Physical Review (founded in 1893) was subdivided into Physical Review A, B, C, and D, based on subject matter.[1][4] Peter D. Adams was the Editor from inception until 2012 when Laurens W. Molenkamp took over. Anthony M. Begley is currently the Managing Editor.


PRB has a reputation among professional physicists for publishing useful, comprehensive long papers in physics.[1][3] It also contains short (four page) papers in its Rapid Communications section, designed for research important enough to deserve special handling and speedy publication. The journal can be searched for free via PROLA.[5] Titles and abstracts can be freely viewed but a journal subscription is needed to read the full text of papers. PRB and the other APS journals are available entirely free at many US public libraries.[6]

PRB is rare among physics journals in that it has a staff of 12 full-time professional editors,[7] and does not employ the more common model of using part-time editors who are active researchers. The journal is available in print format (at University libraries) but the archival version is the online one. Authors can pay extra charges to make their papers open access.[8] Such papers are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (CC-BY),[9] the most permissive of the CC licenses, which permits authors and others to copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt the work, provided that proper credit is given. A small percentage of the PRB papers published are chosen (highlighted) as an Editors' Suggestions.[10] Artistic images from papers in the journal are published as a feature named Kaleidoscope.[11]

Abstracting and Indexing

Physical Review B is indexed in the following bibliographic databases:[2]

Chemical Abstracts
Computer & Control Abstracts
Current Physics Index
Electrical & Electronics Index
Energy Research Abstracts
Mathematical Reviews
Metals Abstracts
Physics Abstracts

See also

American Physical Society § APS journals
Physical Review § Journals


[1] About the Physical Review Journals
"About Physical Review B". American Physical Society. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
[2] PRB ranked by the Eigenfactor, University of Washington, 2012
"Society History". American Physical Society.
[3] PROLA (Physical Review Online Archive)
"Announcement of public library program". American Physical Society. 28 July 2010.
[4] Physical Review B Staff
[5] APS Open Access announcement, American Physical Society, 15 February 2011
[6] Details of Creative Commons license
[7] Announcement of PRB Editors' Suggestions, American Physical Society, 1 April 2008

"New Feature: PRB Kaleidoscope". American Physical Society. 6 March 2008. Archived from the original on 7 July 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2020.

External links

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