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Applied Physics Letters


United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

Subject Area and Category


American Institute of Physics



Publication type



10773118, 00036951





How to publish in this journal


Applied Physics Letters (APL) features concise, up-to-date reports on significant new findings in applied physics. Emphasizing rapid dissemination of key data and new physical insights, APL offers prompt publication of new experimental and theoretical papers reporting applications of physics phenomena to all branches of science, engineering, and modern technology. In addition to regular articles, the journal also publishes invited Fast Track, Perspectives, and in-depth Editorials which report on cutting-edge areas in applied physics. APL Perspectives are forward-looking invited letters which highlight recent developments or discoveries. Emphasis is placed on very recent developments, potentially disruptive technologies, open questions and possible solutions. They also include a mini-roadmap detailing where the community should direct efforts in order for the phenomena to be viable for application and the challenges associated with meeting that performance threshold. Perspectives are characterized by personal viewpoints and opinions of recognized experts in the field. Fast Track articles are invited original research articles that report results that are particularly novel and important or provide a significant advancement in an emerging field. Because of the urgency and scientific importance of the work, the peer review process is accelerated. If, during the review process, it becomes apparent that the paper does not meet the Fast Track criterion, it is returned to a normal track. Join the conversation about this journal

The set of journals have been ranked according to their SJR and divided into four equal groups, four quartiles. Q1 (green) comprises the quarter of the journals with the highest values, Q2 (yellow) the second highest values, Q3 (orange) the third highest values and Q4 (red) the lowest values.

Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)1999Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2000Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2001Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2002Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2003Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2004Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2005Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2006Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2007Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2008Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2009Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2010Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2011Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2012Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2013Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2014Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2015Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2016Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2017Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2018Q1
Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)2019Q1

The SJR is a size-independent prestige indicator that ranks journals by their 'average prestige per article'. It is based on the idea that 'all citations are not created equal'. SJR is a measure of scientific influence of journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from It measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal, it expresses how central to the global scientific discussion an average article of the journal is.

Citations per document

This indicator counts the number of citations received by documents from a journal and divides them by the total number of documents published in that journal. The chart shows the evolution of the average number of times documents published in a journal in the past two, three and four years have been cited in the current year. The two years line is equivalent to journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters) metric.

Cites per documentYearValue
Cites / Doc. (4 years)19993.646
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20003.638
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20014.152
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20024.490
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20034.408
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20044.516
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20055.039
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20065.027
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20074.469
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20084.263
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20094.115
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20104.276
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20114.475
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20124.418
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20134.256
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20144.014
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20153.665
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20163.589
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20173.680
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20183.617
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20193.755
Cites / Doc. (3 years)19993.646
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20003.788
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20014.307
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20024.550
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20034.509
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20044.572
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20055.043
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20064.922
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20074.301
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20084.130
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20094.081
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20104.345
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20114.515
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20124.403
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20134.215
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20143.881
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20153.620
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20163.616
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20173.750
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20183.727
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20193.852
Cites / Doc. (2 years)19993.672
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20003.861
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20014.219
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20024.593
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20034.494
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20044.493
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20054.827
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20064.590
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20073.994
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20083.957
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20093.982
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20104.247
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20114.387
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20124.278
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20133.945
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20143.725
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20153.537
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20163.593
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20173.709
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20183.686
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20193.813
Total Cites 

Evolution of the total number of citations and journal's self-citations received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years.
Journal Self-citation is defined as the number of citation from a journal citing article to articles published by the same journal.

Self Cites19994501
Self Cites20004334
Self Cites20014716
Self Cites20024736
Self Cites20035239
Self Cites20045777
Self Cites20056826
Self Cites20069625
Self Cites20079516
Self Cites20089370
Self Cites20097983
Self Cites20106913
Self Cites20116383
Self Cites20126850
Self Cites20137454
Self Cites20146794
Self Cites20154755
Self Cites20164022
Self Cites20173056
Self Cites20182423
Self Cites20192056
Total Cites199926384
Total Cites200027628
Total Cites200132627
Total Cites200236363
Total Cites200338300
Total Cites200441938
Total Cites200551145
Total Cites200656461
Total Cites200761560
Total Cites200867724
Total Cites200971036
Total Cites201069240
Total Cites201165785
Total Cites201259712
Total Cites201358375
Total Cites201457281
Total Cites201555630
Total Cites201649866
Total Cites201742983
Total Cites201834209
Total Cites201931086
External Cites per Doc 
Cites per Doc

Evolution of the number of total citation per document and external citation per document (i.e. journal self-citations removed) received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years. External citations are calculated by subtracting the number of self-citations from the total number of citations received by the journal’s documents.

External Cites per document19993.024
External Cites per document20003.194
External Cites per document20013.684
External Cites per document20023.958
External Cites per document20033.892
External Cites per document20043.943
External Cites per document20054.370
External Cites per document20064.083
External Cites per document20073.636
External Cites per document20083.559
External Cites per document20093.622
External Cites per document20103.911
External Cites per document20114.077
External Cites per document20123.898
External Cites per document20133.677
External Cites per document20143.421
External Cites per document20153.311
External Cites per document20163.324
External Cites per document20173.483
External Cites per document20183.463
External Cites per document20193.597
Cites per document19993.646
Cites per document20003.788
Cites per document20014.307
Cites per document20024.550
Cites per document20034.509
Cites per document20044.572
Cites per document20055.043
Cites per document20064.922
Cites per document20074.301
Cites per document20084.130
Cites per document20094.081
Cites per document20104.345
Cites per document20114.515
Cites per document20124.403
Cites per document20134.215
Cites per document20143.881
Cites per document20153.620
Cites per document20163.616
Cites per document20173.750
Cites per document20183.727
Cites per document20193.852
% International Collaboration

International Collaboration accounts for the articles that have been produced by researchers from several countries. The chart shows the ratio of a journal's documents signed by researchers from more than one country; that is including more than one country address.

YearInternational Collaboration
Citable documents 
Non-citable documents

Not every article in a journal is considered primary research and therefore "citable", this chart shows the ratio of a journal's articles including substantial research (research articles, conference papers and reviews) in three year windows vs. those documents other than research articles, reviews and conference papers.

Non-citable documents199968
Non-citable documents200072
Non-citable documents200177
Non-citable documents200287
Non-citable documents2003129
Non-citable documents2004149
Non-citable documents2005170
Non-citable documents2006146
Non-citable documents2007175
Non-citable documents2008204
Non-citable documents2009262
Non-citable documents2010287
Non-citable documents2011304
Non-citable documents2012309
Non-citable documents2013331
Non-citable documents2014335
Non-citable documents2015330
Non-citable documents2016302
Non-citable documents2017266
Non-citable documents2018196
Non-citable documents2019138
Citable documents19997237
Citable documents20007293
Citable documents20017576
Citable documents20027991
Citable documents20038495
Citable documents20049172
Citable documents200510142
Citable documents200611471
Citable documents200714312
Citable documents200816398
Citable documents200917408
Citable documents201015937
Citable documents201114571
Citable documents201213561
Citable documents201313849
Citable documents201414758
Citable documents201515367
Citable documents201613791
Citable documents201711462
Citable documents20189178
Citable documents20198071
Cited documents 
Uncited documents

Ratio of a journal's items, grouped in three years windows, that have been cited at least once vs. those not cited during the following year.

Uncited documents19991658
Uncited documents20001532
Uncited documents20011488
Uncited documents20021505
Uncited documents20031497
Uncited documents20041604
Uncited documents20051578
Uncited documents20061745
Uncited documents20072351
Uncited documents20082774
Uncited documents20092953
Uncited documents20102674
Uncited documents20112275
Uncited documents20122049
Uncited documents20132220
Uncited documents20142539
Uncited documents20152727
Uncited documents20162535
Uncited documents20171996
Uncited documents20181621
Uncited documents20191410
Cited documents19995647
Cited documents20005833
Cited documents20016165
Cited documents20026573
Cited documents20037127
Cited documents20047717
Cited documents20058734
Cited documents20069872
Cited documents200712136
Cited documents200813828
Cited documents200914717
Cited documents201013550
Cited documents201112600
Cited documents201211821
Cited documents201311960
Cited documents201412554
Cited documents201512970
Cited documents201611558
Cited documents20179732
Cited documents20187753
Cited documents20196799
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