Journal of the Physical Society of Japan


Journal of the Physical Society of Japan (JPSJ) is a monthly, peer-reviewed, scientific journal published by the Physical Society of Japan (JPS). It was first published in July 1946 (volume 1). The editor-in-chief was A. Kawabata until August 2010. The impact factor for JPSJ in 2017 is 1.485, according to Journal Citation Reports.[1]

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan
DisciplineAll fields of physics
Edited byA. Kawabata
Publication details
Former name(s)
Proceedings of the Physico-Mathematical Society of Japan
History1946 to present
The Physical Society of Japan (JPS) (Japan)
1.579 (2019)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4J. Phys. Soc. Jpn.
ISSN0031-9015 (print)
1347-4073 (web)
OCLC no.1762332
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Volume 1 consists of a single issue designated, on the cover, from July to December 1946. Between 1967 and 1980, this journal published at a rate of two volumes per year. The other (Japanese) title for this journal is Nihon Butsuri Gakkai ōji hōkoku. Volumes for 1967 to the present day are accompanied by an annual supplement.[2]

Research paper formats include full papers, letters, short notes, comments, addenda, errata, invited papers and special topics.[1]

Organizational structure


The organizational structure of the journal is described as follows:

The Full Papers, Letters and Short Notes sections of the journal comprise the published original research results. Furthermore, the Full Papers section is intended to be self-contained, original research papers. The Short Notes are brief reporting on recent breakthroughs. Finally, invited reviews from a notable researcher in the field, and a collection of relevant subjects under Special Topics are occasionally included for publication.[1]

All articles are published online in advance, before they are printed on paper. The online version of JPSJ is updated twice a month (on the 10th and 25th). The paper version of JPSJ is printed once per month (on the 15th). This version comprises the two groups of articles that are published online on two different dates.[3]



The journal was established in 1946, succeeding its predecessor publication, Proceedings of the Physico-Mathematical Society of Japan. In its present state, JPSJ is an international journal, with submissions from authors worldwide. Additionally, financial support is available to those authors in need from developing countries.[1]

The online version has allowed for notable extra information to be available. Certain significant works are selected and emphasized on the journals' homepage. In the News and Comments column the background and impact of selected researchers are discussed by those who are described as experts, which indirectly provides the added dimension of relevant information about recent developments in physics.[1]



The main focus of JPSJ is all topics related to physics. This includes pure and applied physics research topics which encompass core physics disciplines, and broad topical coverage that is related to these core disciplines.[1] Hence, subject areas cover an exploration and investigation of nature and substances that exist in the world and the universe, from atomic to cosmological scales. This encompasses defining and describing observations, interactions, and forces which occur in nature and, hence, in substances. Such descriptions may include their effect on, or within, a given natural system. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves. Therefore, subject areas encompass energy, forces, mechanics, radiation, heat, matter, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics and general theory of relativity.[4][5][6][7]

Previous and current IF


Thomson Reuters, Journal Citation Reports rated JPSJ with an impact factor of 2.212 in 2008, and an impact factor of 2.572 in 2009.[8]

Abstracting and indexing


Journal of the Physical Society of Japan is indexed in the following bibliographic databases:[2][9][10]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e f "About Journal of the Physical Society of Japan". The Physical Society of Japan (JPS). July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  2. ^ a b "Nature materials". Bibliographic information for this journal. Library of Congress. January 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  3. ^ JPSJ (June 16, 2010). "Information for Submission". See: 9. Online Publication, and 10. Paper Publication for frequency. Physical Society of Japan. Retrieved 2010-07-07.
  4. ^ J.C. Maxwell (1878). Matter and Motion. (publisher is D. Van Nostrand). p. 9. ISBN 0-486-66895-9. Physical science is that department of knowledge which relates to the order of nature, or, in other words, to the regular succession of events.
  5. ^ H.D. Young, R.A. Freedman (2004). University Physics with Modern Physics (11th ed.). Addison Wesley. p. 2. Physics is an experimental science. Physicists observe the phenomena of nature and try to find patterns and principles that relate these phenomena. These patterns are called physical theories or, when they are very well established and of broad use, physical laws or principles.
  6. ^ S. Holzner (2006). Physics for Dummies. Wiley. p. 7. ISBN 0-470-61841-8. Physics is the study of your world and the world and universe around you.
  7. ^ Richard Feynman begins his Lectures with the atomic hypothesis, as his most compact statement of all scientific knowledge: "If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generations ..., what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe it is ... that all things are made up of atoms – little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another. ..." Feynman, Richard P.; Leighton, Robert B.; Sands, Matthew L. (1963–1965). The Feynman lectures on physics (Library of Congress bibliography.). Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co. LCCN 63020717. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help) LCCN = 63020717(click on title)
  8. ^ "JPSJ facts". The Physical Society of Japan. July 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
  9. ^ "Journal Search". Master Journal List. Thomson Reuters. July 2010.
  10. ^ "Journal of the Physical Society of Japan". Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI) (Displaying Record for Publication). American Chemical Society. July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-31.