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Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics (PTEP) covers mainly the following subjects: theoretical and experimental high-energy physics, general and mathematical physics (including statistical and quantum mechanics, quantum information, etc), nuclear physics, astrophysics and cosmology, beam physics, and instrumentation. PTEP publishes submitted and refereed original papers in theoretical and experimental physics. Each issue contains Letters and Papers, and, on occasion, Invited Papers and Special Sections on theoretical and experimental physics.

PTEP will accept for publication only original research papers containing novel results of significant scientific value. The papers should contain results that contribute to the advancement of theoretical (mathematical) or experimental physics. After an editorial board member ascertains that the contents are appropriate for publication in PTEP, manuscripts are reviewed by qualified referees in order to guarantee the high quality of papers published in the journal. Reports that have been previously published or overlap considerably with other papers will not be accepted. The Letters section is intended to publish important new results in physics that justify rapid publication. The Full Papers section is intended for self-contained original research papers.


Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE). Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

All authors listed on the manuscript should have contributed significantly to the theoretical construction, experimental design, its implementation, or analysis and interpretation of the data (where relevant). All authors should have been involved in the writing of the manuscript at draft and any revision stages, and have read and approved the final version. Anyone who made major contributions to the writing of the manuscript should be listed as an author (e.g. “ghost writing” is prohibited by the Journal). Any other individuals who made less substantive contributions to the experiment or theoretical research (where relevant) or the writing of the manuscript should be listed in the acknowledgement section. Any change in authorship (including author order) after the initial manuscript submission must be approved in writing by all authors.

By submitting your manuscript to the journal it is understood that this it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work and is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author’s own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the journal. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

Conflicts of Interest
At the point of submission, each author should reveal any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications, or opinions stated – including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition. When considering whether you should declare a conflicting interest or connection please consider the conflict of interest test: Is there any arrangement that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and you had not declared it?

As part of the online submission process, corresponding authors are required to confirm whether they or their co-authors have any conflicts of interest to declare, and to provide details of these. If the Corresponding author is unable to confirm this information on behalf of all co-authors, the authors in question will then be required to submit a Conflict of Interest statement to the Editorial Office. It is the Corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure that all authors adhere to this policy.

Scientific Misconduct
PTEP is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and investigates all potential cases of misconduct thoroughly on a case by case basis. If misconduct (e.g. data or figure manipulation, dual submission or plagiarism) is detected in a submitted paper, the editors reserve the right to reject it immediately.

If misconduct is found after a paper is published, it may be retracted by the Editor-in-Chief; a note of retraction will then be published and the online version will be labelled as "retracted".


Submitted manuscripts may be screened with iThenticate software, as part of the CrossCheck initiative to detect and prevent plagiarism. More information about CrossCheck can be found here. If the Editor-in-Chief is made aware of potential problems with papers published in another journal, he may contact that journal.

If a case cannot be resolved by discussion with the author(s) and the Editor-in-Chief still has concerns, the Editor-in-Chief may report the case to the appropriate authorities (for example, COPE).

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