About CPL

Editor-in-chief: Tao Xiang

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Impact factor 2022: 3.5

Citescore 2022: 4.8

Median time to first decision: 28 days

Chinese Physics Letters (CPL) is sponsored by Institute of Physics, CAS and the Chinese Physical Society (CPS), and hosted online by IOP Publishing. Launched in 1984 as the flagship journal of CPS, CPL has become one of the most prestigious periodicals published in China, and been among the first choices for Chinese physicists to disseminate their most important breakthroughs. Nowadays it is dedicated to build an internationally recognized platform for researchers to publish novel research works.


Journal scope


CPL provides rapid publication of short reports on important research in all fields of physics. The submitted manuscripts should be scientifically rigorous, report enough original results, make a substantive contribution in a specific research area, and generate broad interest to CPL’s readers.


Article types


Chinese Physics Letters welcomes submissions of the following article types:


     Letters: reports of high-quality original research with conclusions representing a significant advance in the field.

     Express Letters: express publication venue for breakthrough works.

     Viewpoints: written by leading researchers in their fields, these articles present the background to and overview of a particular field, focusing on important articles recently published.


Express Letters


To publish and disseminate important high-quality articles as soon as possible, Chinese Physics Letters introduced a special EXPRESS LETTERS section in 2012. Over 100 articles have been published with an average submission-to-publication time of two weeks.


     First-round peer review normally takes less than 7 days

     A collection acknowledged as high quality and great

     Research highlight by world's leading physics magazine and researchers

     Far reaching multichannel promotion of the articles within this section

     No page length limitation, No publication charge


Publication charge


Chinese Physics Letters is a funding member of PIIJ (Project for Enhancing International Impact of China STM Journals), and articles from countries outside China are free of publication charge.


Benefits of publishing in CPL


     Your work will receive quick and high-quality peer review: first-round review normally takes less than 30 days with an Editorial Board committed to fair and high-quality peer review standards

     Get high visibility for your research: CPL is indexed by SCI and Scopus, with more than 3000 institutions accessing CPL content outside of China, and your research will be promoted widely

     Good selection of Editors’ Suggestion in every issue, and special worldwide multichannel promotion for these papers (Email Campaigns, Social Media)

CPL awards authors with its annual High-Impact Paper award