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Applied Physics Letters

Basic Journal Info


United States
Journal ISSN: 10773118, 00036951
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
History: 1962-ongoing
Journal Hompage: Link
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Applied Physics Letters

Impact Factor


Impact Factor


Impact Factor



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.

Applied Physics Letters

2-year Impact Factor Trend
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3-year Impact Factor Trend
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4-year Impact Factor Trend
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Impact Factor

The impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) of an academic journal is a scientometric factor based on the yearly average number of citations on articles published by a particular journal in the last two years. In other words, the impact factor of 2020 is the average of the number of cited publications divided by the citable publications of a journal. A journal impact factor is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field. Normally, journals with higher impact factors are often deemed to have more influence than those with lower ones. However, the science community has also noted that review articles typically are more citable than research articles.

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Applied Physics Letters

Impact Factor History
  • 2019 Impact Factor 3.813
  • 2018 Impact Factor 3.686
  • 2017 Impact Factor 3.709
  • 2016 Impact Factor 3.593
  • 2015 Impact Factor 3.537
  • 2014 Impact Factor 3.725
  • 2013 Impact Factor 3.945
  • 2012 Impact Factor 4.278
  • 2011 Impact Factor 4.387
  • 2010 Impact Factor 4.247
  • 2009 Impact Factor 3.982
  • 2008 Impact Factor 3.957
  • 2007 Impact Factor 3.994
  • 2006 Impact Factor 4.590
  • 2005 Impact Factor 4.827
  • 2004 Impact Factor 4.493
  • 2003 Impact Factor 4.494
  • 2002 Impact Factor 4.593
  • 2001 Impact Factor 4.219
  • 2000 Impact Factor 3.861
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Other Journal Impact Indicator

Any journal impact factor or scientometric indicator alone will not give you the full picture of a science journal. That’s why every year, scholars review current metrics to improve upon them and sometimes come up with new ones. There are also other factors to sider for example, H-Index, Self-Citation Ratio, SJR (SCImago Journal Rank Indicator) and SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper). Researchers may also consider the practical aspect of a journal such as publication fees, acceptance rate, review speed.

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The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. The index is based on the set of the scientist's most cited papers and the number of citations that they have received in other publications


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SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR indicator) is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly 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.