Call for papers – Invitation to authors


Topical sections in physica status solidi (a/b) Compound Semiconductors

pss (a) – applications and materials science Epitaxy and semiconductor processing, high frequency devices, power electronics, semiconductor lasers, optoelectronic devices and integration, organic semiconductors and flexible electronics. Submission at pss (a):

pss (b) – basic solid state physics Novel materials and characterization, nanostructures, wide bandgap materials and oxide semiconductors, physics, spintronics, novel device concepts, nanocarbon and 2D materials.  Submission at pss (a):

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2017

Dear CSW 2017 presenters,

Following a long row of successful publications from previous meetings since 2005, physica status solidi (a/b) is once again planning to publish two topical sections highlighting the most exciting new results presented at this year’s Compound Semiconductor Week (CSW 2017). The papers will be divided between pss (a) – applications and materials science and pss (b) – basic solid state physics. In collaboration between the Guest Editors and the Editorial Office we cordially invite you to contribute a peer-reviewed Feature Article (topical review, for invited speakers) or Original Paper manuscript based on or related to your presentation.

The physica status solidi journals are designed to reach a broad audience. It is one of the largest and well-established publication platforms in solid state, applied and device physics as well as materials science with more than 1500 articles per year – now over 55 years in business – and is widely accessible as part of many institutional site licenses, evidenced by many hundreds of thousands of article downloads annually.

All submitted manuscripts will undergo peer review. According to the editorial policy of pss, two positive recommendations by independent reviewers are a prerequisite of acceptance. Peer review and publication occur rapidly on individual manuscript basis. Published in Wiley Online Library Early View few weeks after acceptance, your article is citable immediately; hence there is no waiting for the remainder of the contributions. When all articles are complete, the topical section will be assembled in two regular monthly issues of pss (a) and (b). The clustering of related articles raises the visibility of these articles significantly, and we are confident that this will become a quality publication reflected by high article access and citation numbers.

Please refer to the author instructions available on our homepage -> Author Guidelines (including optional Word template and LaTeX style files and the link to online submission to pss (a) or pss (b) through Editorial Manager – please mention the submission to the CSW 2017 special issues in your cover letter and select the appropriate section/category CSW 2017 – Compound Semiconductors to expedite handling). Please direct your submission to pss (a) or (b) based on the keyword list provided at the top of this page. If in doubt where to submit, please contact the Editorial Office with your program section, paper title and abstract.


We look forward to receiving your contributions!

Henning Riechert, and Stefan Hildebrandt


Information on submissions:

Feature Articles should provide an overview of a current topic in the format of a topical review of about 10–12 (max. 15) journal pages. Due to this length restriction, a complete bibliographic overview on the existing literature cannot be expected, but referencing should be well-balanced. The manuscript should represent a snapshot of most recent progress, the state of research and particularly relevant aspects, with focus on the highlights and possibly open or controversially discussed questions. They are intended to inform an audience not immediately familiar with the specific topic. Original, previously unpublished results may also be included to a certain extent.

Original Papers expose original and previously unpublished work of general interest to the community. Manuscripts do not have a strict length limit (typical lengths vary from 6 to 10 journal pages). Articles must fulfil the standards and requirements of the journal. Acceptance of a contribution for presentation at the conference does not automatically include publication in the topical section. Main criteria for consideration by pss (a/b) are:

  • The importance, relevance, and novelty of the results match those expected for a regular journal paper.
  • The general quality of the manuscript and the amount of information provided is appropriate for an international journal. Serial or incremental, pure self-referential and lab-report-style work is discouraged.
  • Main results have not yet been published (also not in conference proceedings) and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Please make sure not to copy more than insignificant amounts of text from (even your own) previous publications. All submitted manuscripts will be processed through the iThenticate system.

Further benefits for pss authors include:

  • No page charges or publication costs for authors, free online colour
  • Modern article formats (PDF, Enhanced PDF, HTML, Enhanced Article for mobile devices)
  • Supporting information, e.g. additional data, figures, videos or animations can be published online
  • Wiley OnlineOpen option compliant with funder mandates and supported by many institutions
  • Author suggestions for journal cover figures or frontispiece pages, especially for Feature Articles
  • The PDF file of the article will be provided as electronic reprint free of charge. Color print (at reduced rates for Feature Articles), journal issues, reprints with cover page, posters etc. are available for purchase
  • pss is indexed in ISI Web of Science and all other major abstracting databases
  • Promotion of selected content via web portals, e.g., newsletters, and press releases

See recent related publications:

Topical sections: Compound Semiconductors (CSW 2016), eds. K. Hirakawa, S. Matsuo, K. Uno, M. Nomura, and K. Takeda,
Phys. Status Solidi A 214(3), B 254(2) (2017) (DOI 10.1002/pssa.v214.3, 10.1002/pssb.v254.2)

Including Feature Article: Vertical GaN bipolar devices: Gaining competitive advantage from photon recycling, K. Mochizuki,
Phys. Status Solidi A 214, 1600489 (2017) (DOI 10.1002/pssa.201600489)

(Open access) Dynamic characteristics of 20-layer stacked QD-SOA with strain compensation technique by ultrafast signals using optical frequency comb, A. Matsumoto, K. Akahane, T. Sakamoto, T. Umezawa, A. Kanno, and N. Yamamoto, Phys. Status Solidi A 214, 1600557 (2017) (DOI 10.1002/pssa.201600557)

(Open access) In situ X-ray diffraction of GaAs/MnSb/Ga(In)As heterostructures, P. J. Mousley, C. W. Burrows, M. J. Ashwin, M. Takahasi, T. Sasaki, and G. R. Bell, Phys. Status Solidi B 254, 1600557 (2017) (DOI 10.1002/pssb.201600503)





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