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Physical Review Letters


United States

Universities and research institutions in United States

Subject Area and Category


American Physical Society



Publication type



10797114, 00319007





How to publish in this journal


PRL covers the full range of applied, fundamental, and interdisciplinary physics research topics: General physics, including statistical and quantum mechanics and quantum information Gravitation, astrophysics, and cosmology Elementary particles and fields Nuclear physics Atomic, molecular, and optical physics Nonlinear dynamics, fluid dynamics, and classical optics Plasma and beam physics Condensed matter and materials physics Polymers, soft matter, biological, climate and interdisciplinary physics, including networks 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)19996.116
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20006.739
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20017.499
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20027.689
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20036.516
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20045.443
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20055.675
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20066.056
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20076.524
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20087.173
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20097.556
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20107.690
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20117.885
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20128.230
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20138.197
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20148.096
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20158.025
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20168.277
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20178.509
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20189.059
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20198.589
Cites / Doc. (3 years)19996.116
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20006.758
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20017.823
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20027.741
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20036.384
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20045.114
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20055.777
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20066.478
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20077.331
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20087.369
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20097.647
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20107.867
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20118.083
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20128.410
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20138.409
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20148.123
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20158.139
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20168.514
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20179.011
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20189.375
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20198.744
Cites / Doc. (2 years)19995.953
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20006.890
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20017.956
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20027.495
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20035.812
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20044.918
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20056.078
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20067.328
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20077.403
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20087.301
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20097.722
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20107.954
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20118.025
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20128.478
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20138.358
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20148.081
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20158.214
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20168.687
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20179.248
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20189.576
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20198.448
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 Cites19995428
Self Cites20005746
Self Cites20017950
Self Cites20028922
Self Cites20039271
Self Cites20047548
Self Cites20057594
Self Cites20067739
Self Cites20077971
Self Cites20088056
Self Cites20097200
Self Cites20106483
Self Cites20116262
Self Cites20127528
Self Cites20137872
Self Cites20146353
Self Cites20155543
Self Cites20164997
Self Cites20174875
Self Cites20185497
Self Cites20195402
Total Cites199950197
Total Cites200057475
Total Cites200168816
Total Cites200277329
Total Cites200373867
Total Cites200468482
Total Cites200576337
Total Cites200681039
Total Cites200784413
Total Cites200881714
Total Cites200986788
Total Cites201086962
Total Cites201186140
Total Cites201283588
Total Cites201386324
Total Cites201487374
Total Cites201583511
Total Cites201676239
Total Cites201768712
Total Cites201868903
Total Cites201967035
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 document19995.455
External Cites per document20006.082
External Cites per document20016.919
External Cites per document20026.848
External Cites per document20035.583
External Cites per document20044.550
External Cites per document20055.202
External Cites per document20065.859
External Cites per document20076.639
External Cites per document20086.642
External Cites per document20097.013
External Cites per document20107.281
External Cites per document20117.495
External Cites per document20127.653
External Cites per document20137.642
External Cites per document20147.533
External Cites per document20157.599
External Cites per document20167.956
External Cites per document20178.372
External Cites per document20188.627
External Cites per document20198.040
Cites per document19996.116
Cites per document20006.758
Cites per document20017.823
Cites per document20027.741
Cites per document20036.384
Cites per document20045.114
Cites per document20055.777
Cites per document20066.478
Cites per document20077.331
Cites per document20087.369
Cites per document20097.647
Cites per document20107.867
Cites per document20118.083
Cites per document20128.410
Cites per document20138.409
Cites per document20148.123
Cites per document20158.139
Cites per document20168.514
Cites per document20179.011
Cites per document20189.375
Cites per document20198.744
% 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 documents1999511
Non-citable documents2000333
Non-citable documents2001413
Non-citable documents2002467
Non-citable documents2003739
Non-citable documents2004852
Non-citable documents2005852
Non-citable documents2006662
Non-citable documents2007609
Non-citable documents2008637
Non-citable documents2009654
Non-citable documents2010597
Non-citable documents2011520
Non-citable documents2012519
Non-citable documents2013522
Non-citable documents2014527
Non-citable documents2015453
Non-citable documents2016386
Non-citable documents2017359
Non-citable documents2018407
Non-citable documents2019358
Citable documents19998207
Citable documents20008505
Citable documents20018797
Citable documents20029989
Citable documents200311571
Citable documents200413391
Citable documents200513214
Citable documents200612510
Citable documents200711514
Citable documents200811089
Citable documents200911349
Citable documents201011054
Citable documents201110657
Citable documents20129939
Citable documents201310266
Citable documents201410756
Citable documents201510260
Citable documents20168955
Citable documents20177625
Citable documents20187350
Citable documents20197666
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 documents19991217
Uncited documents20001130
Uncited documents20011164
Uncited documents20022198
Uncited documents20033482
Uncited documents20045447
Uncited documents20054573
Uncited documents20063137
Uncited documents20071573
Uncited documents20081157
Uncited documents20091168
Uncited documents20101128
Uncited documents20111046
Uncited documents2012946
Uncited documents2013940
Uncited documents2014908
Uncited documents2015911
Uncited documents2016745
Uncited documents2017618
Uncited documents2018659
Uncited documents2019694
Cited documents19997501
Cited documents20007708
Cited documents20018046
Cited documents20028258
Cited documents20038828
Cited documents20048796
Cited documents20059493
Cited documents200610035
Cited documents200710550
Cited documents200810569
Cited documents200910835
Cited documents201010523
Cited documents201110131
Cited documents20129512
Cited documents20139848
Cited documents201410375
Cited documents20159802
Cited documents20168596
Cited documents20177366
Cited documents20187098
Cited documents20197330
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