Physical Review Accelerators and Beams (PRAB) is offering a Special Edition for the Eighth International Particle Accelerator Conference that will be held from 14-19 May 2017, in Copenhagen, Denmark. This Special Edition offers the opportunity to expand upon original research presented at IPAC'17 in a peer-reviewed journal and it is proposed in addition to the newly introduced pilot project peer review. Please note that IPAC’17 conference contributions and results which are published in the refereed portion of the IPAC’17 proceedings (pilot project peer reviewing) might no longer be eligible for publication in PRAB (also not in an extended version), neither in the special edition nor as a regular article.
PRAB is a peer-reviewed, all-electronic journal published by the American Physical Society (APS). The all-electronic nature allows "Special Editions" while maintaining thorough peer review and timely publication. Articles based on IPAC'17 papers and submitted to PRAB will be reviewed through the normal refereeing procedure. If accepted for publication, they will be published as regular PRAB articles. Publication will be timely; articles will be published as soon as they are ready, without waiting for other papers presented at the conference to be published. In addition, a special IPAC'17 Table of Contents will be created at the PRAB website with links to the published papers. It will be updated each time a paper related to IPAC'17 is published.
In keeping with PRAB policy papers must contain either important new results in science and/or technology or review active areas of accelerator and particle beam research. Papers in the first category must contain new results. Confirmation of previously published results of unusual importance can be considered as new, as can significant null results. Review articles should review active areas of research in a form that is useful to both practitioners and people entering the field. Authors are asked to give considerable attention to the presentation of their material, making introductions accessible to intermediate graduate students and readers from other fields. The body of each paper should be economically and thoughtfully organized. Papers cannot be identical duplicates of work submitted for publication either to another journal or to conference proceedings, including IPAC'17.
Material previously published, or submitted for publication, in a Letters journal or in conference proceedings, and here specifically in the IPAC'17 proceedings, can be the basis of an article in the PRAB IPAC'17 Special Edition provided the submitted manuscript presents more information, enabling the reader to obtain an improved understanding of the subject. Note that this does not require new physics results as compared to the conference submission, but it does require more details, discussion, etc.
More information about the PRAB editorial policies is available at http://journals.aps.org/prab/authors/editorial-policies-practices.
Contact Frank Zimmermann (frank [dot] zimmermann [at] cern [dot] ch), the PRAB Editor-in-Chief, if you have general questions related to the PRAB policies or particular questions regarding publishing your paper in the Conference Edition.
Authors should indicate that their paper is for the IPAC'17 Special Edition, in the message accompanying submission to PRAB. Please see the guidelines for contributors here.
In previous years there have already been several IPAC Conference Editions. You may find the previous special editions at: http://journals.aps.org/prab/speced.