Departmental Seminar

Working at the Physical Review: An Editor's Perspective

Dr Christopher Wesselborg
Managing Editor, Physical Review C

What began, in 1893, as an effort to enhance the professional communication among US physicists, has become, over the course of a century, one of the leading physics research publications in the world. I will trace the beginnings of The Physical Review at Cornell University, and its close connection to the American Physical Society, to the present Editorial Office at Ridge in New York, on Long Island, close to Brookhaven National Laboratory. Next, I will give a glimpse into the “black box” of scholarly peer review and illustrate an editor’s job as an alternative physics career. I will conclude with some considerations that can help authors, referees, and editors engage in a constructive and effective review and publication process.

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