We are happy to present the first five papers that are published in our new, open access journal, Physical Review X. These papers, together with others that are to be published in the coming weeks into September, will constitute the first issue of the journal. Under Physical Review X's open access publishing model, they are free for you to read and use.
We are very encouraged by the breadth of their topical spread. It ranges from the well-established field of atomic, molecular and optical physics to the still relatively new, broad and very active field that explores magnetism or spins at microscopic level. It also extends into the interdisciplinary area: In the paper by Belik et al., statistical physics is applied to understand epidemic spreading; and in another by Benmore and Weber, experimental techniques such as acoustic levitation and x-ray scattering are used to obtain and characterize normally hard-to-make amorphous forms of pharmaceutical drugs. We are also pleased by the high scientific quality and potential significance of these contributions. Equally heartening to us during the past few months has been the interest and support that numerous researchers have shown our new journal in terms of their submissions, their refereeing efforts and their expressions of good will. We thank them most sincerely.
The five papers are too small a sample to be a basis for making a generalization about the future of Physical Review X. But they reflect APS's commitment to making Physical Review X a journal of scientific breadth and excellence. We are confident that, with the continuing and more focused effort of the editors and the Editorial Board to attract and select outstanding papers and with an increasing support of the physics community, Physical Review X can only grow stronger.
We and the Editorial Board invite you to submit some of your best works to Physical Review X.
Jorge Pullin, Editor
Ling Miao, Associate Editor
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