Physical Review X is an open-access journal that is financed by article-processing charges to the authors of published papers or to their institutions. The articles are published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Before making submissions authors must take steps to ensure that they or their institutions accept the responsibility for the payment of an Article Processing Charge ($1500 for up to roughly twenty formatted pages) should their manuscripts be accepted for publication.
When a manuscript has several authors, one of them, the corresponding author, should be designated to receive and respond to correspondence from the editors. This designation can be changed upon notification to the editors. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to represent all those involved with the work reported. By submitting the manuscript, the corresponding author certifies:
Authors may request that particular individuals not be chosen as referees. The editors will consider such requests and honor them when warranted. It is, however, customary to give authors whose work is criticized in a manuscript an opportunity to respond to the criticism. Authors are welcome to submit a list of experts whom they consider especially suited to review their paper. Such a list is particularly useful when a manuscript treats a highly specialized subject on which papers are infrequently published or is strongly interdisciplinary. The editors, however, are not obliged to select referee(s) from that list.
Prepare for initial submission:
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Submit a manuscript:
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Any resubmittal should be accompanied by a summary of the changes made, and a concise, to-the-point response to all recommendations and criticisms. While the editors do not assume that the referees' views take precedence over your well considered arguments and do not require you to make every change suggested by the referees, they do consider objections of referees as criticism by recognized scholars who belong to the special set of experts addressed by the paper, and they do demand that you consider those criticisms seriously.
Your response will normally be forwarded to reviewers, and so should be written in a collegial manner. It should directly address the items raised in the referee report(s). In general, very long rebuttal letters explaining contentious points in a manuscript should be avoided in favor of clarifying alterations in the manuscript itself. Remarks that you wish to address solely to the editors should be clearly identified and separated from the summary and response. You may send a version of the manuscript marked to show the changes clearly labeled as such, in addition to the required unmarked version.
The interactive resubmission forms available on our Web server may be used to upload modified manuscripts and figures. These forms should also be used when a manuscript previously submitted to one APS journal is transferred to Physical Review X. When resubmitting electronically, send the complete file for the text if there have been any changes. If the figures have been modified, state as such and supply new electronic figures. Please update any other information (e.g., address and communication information) that has changed or will change since initial submission.