The Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (JJAP) seeks articles that significantly contribute to advancements in the applications of physical principles as well as in the understanding of physics in view of particular applications in mind. It is very important to ensure that the content of your article fits well with the scope and policy of the journal. Papers that do not meet these standards will be rejected. Please note also that the scope of regular issues of JJAP may be different from the scope of a Special Issue of JJAP, which is specified for a particular topic or a field in applied physics. Before preparing your manuscript, you are advised to read this Submission Guideline as well as the descriptions in Scope and Editorial Policy. Moreover, reading the Reviewer Guideline may be helpful to understand what the reviewer looks for in your article.

More details are available: Author’s Guide for Submission to JJAP


As a basic rule of scientific publication, a manuscript to be submitted to the journal should be original. A manuscript having essentially the same content as what was or will be published elsewhere will not be considered for publication in JJAP. On submission of manuscripts, please pay careful attention to the followings:

  • Manuscripts should not have been published or submitted elsewhere.
  • Duplicate submission is unethical. Do not submit manuscripts that have been accepted or are under active consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • The journal may accept a paper that has appeared in a similar form in publications not available to the general public, such as conference books for on-site use, internal reports, and abstracts for international conferences, but the author(s) must cite the previous publication in the reference section of the manuscript and also must provide at the time of manuscript submission a cover letter stating the previous publication with reprint(s) attached.

The authors are requested to read also the Ethical Policy to avoid ethical violation.


JJAP publishes various types of papers depending on the content. When submitting a manuscript, please follow the requirements of content, length limit, and style recommendation of the type of paper that you intend to contribute, as summarized below.

JJAP plans Special Issues on specific leading topics. A Special Issue is composed of Regular Papers, Progress Reviews, and Brief Notes. Authors of Special Issues are also requested to follow the same requirements as explained in the following:

Papers should provide references that are appropriate and give a sufficient background to the work.

Regular Paper <RP>

  • RPs are original papers with comprehensive, detailed descriptions of the research work, presenting a fully developed discussion on the results obtained in relevant fields of applied physics. They must provide sufficient and self-contained information to ensure the repeatability of experiments and analyses by readers.
  • There is no length limit to RPs.
  • The abstract should not exceed 150 words.
  • RPs should include sections with titles, such as Introduction, Experimental Methods, Results and Discussion, etc.
  • RPs typically have approximately 30 or more references. (No upper limit is specified.)

Rapid Communication <RC>

  • RCs are concise papers devoted to the rapid publication of new research works expected to attract the attention of and have a beneficial impact on researchers working in relevant fields of applied physics.
  • The maximum length is four printed pages (about 4120 words).
  • The abstract should not exceed 100 words.
  • RCs should not be divided into sections.
  • A recommended number of references for an RC paper is approximately 30 or more. (No upper limit is specified.)

Brief Note <BN>

  • BNs are short reports on significant improvements in instrumentation, fabrication processes, measurement techniques, and theoretical analyses, and also serve as an archive of knowledge useful for applied physics, such as important material parameters. The research topic described must be of interest to researchers working in applied physics.
  • The maximum length is three printed pages (about 3090 words).
  • The abstract should not exceed 100 words.
  • BNs should not be divided into sections.
  • The expected number of references for a BN paper is approximately 20. However, no upper or lower limit is specified.

Invited Review <IR>

  • An IR is a comprehensive report of the background and state-of-the-art research on a specific field in applied physics. It should provide overviews of the field to nonspecialists and aim to broaden the scope of applied physics.
  • IRs can be submitted by authors invited by JJAP Editorial Board.
  • The manuscript should be written as concisely as possible, although no limitation on length is specified.
  • The abstract should not exceed 150 words.

Comprehensive Review <HR>

  • HRs are comprehensive reports that include the English translation of review papers published in the Japanese language journal of the Japan Society of Applied Physics, Oyo Buturi.
  • There is no length limitation.

Comment and Reply <CR>

  • CRs include comments from readers who have read papers already published in JJAP and responses from the author(s) to these comments.
  • No abstract is necessary.
  • The maximum length for a comment or reply is two printed pages (about 2060 words).

Erratum <ER>

  • ERs announce the corrections made to published papers and paper retractions.
  • The length should be within one printed page.


RPs, RCs, and BNs should be submitted via the web-based editorial system (for CRs and ERs, please contact JJAP Editorial Office before submission). The authors should prepare the following items before submission, and then follow the instructions on the Web submission page.

  • A single electronic file in PDF which must contain the main body, tables, figures, and photographs: Please refer to the “Instructions for Preparation of Manuscript” for the required format.
  • Agreement Form for Copyright Transfer and for Publication Charge Payment: This form, signed by the author, should be sent to the Editorial Office by fax at the time of paper submission. Papers without this agreement will not be published.
  • List of recommended reviewers: Authors are requested to suggest several experts whom they consider particularly suited to review their paper. This recommendation would be very helpful for the editor to speed-up the review process particularly when the work is in an interdisciplinary research area. The editor is, of course, not constrained to select a reviewer from that list. In recommending reviewers, please avoid soliciting candidates from those people who have close relationship with the author(s): for instance, members affiliated with the same research group and/or unit with the authors; researchers who coauthored papers on relevant subjects; leaders, officers, managers and the likes who supervised the research project under which the work was done etc.
  • Reference materials, if any


  • Supplementary data attachment will enhance a reader’s understanding of the article but is not essential to comprehension of the main results of the published article. Supplementary data attachment typically consist of multimedia files of video clips or animations and items including tables of raw or analyzed data, parameters in calculations, derivations of equations, computer codes, sample preparation, extra figures and so on.
  • Supplementary data must be submitted at the same time as the main manuscript for peer review. It cannot be altered or replaced after the article has been accepted for publication. It should not be used to avoid a length limit, and a short article accompanied by lengthy supplementary data is not appropriate. Supplementary data should not accompany Comments, Replies, or Errata.
  • The supplementary data is referred to in the main manuscript where necessary, for example as “(see supplementary data)”.
    • The file size of supplementary data should not exceed 3 MB, unless more is required to show the work appropriately. Use popular file format for a multimedia file so that it can easily be accessed by the reader (including the editors and the reviewers). The usage of the following file formats is recommended:

*.avi, *.flv, *.mov, *.mp3, *.mp4, *.mpeg, *.mpg, *.pdf, *.qt, *.rm, *.wav, *.wmv

  • The author should take full responsibility for both preparation and contents of supplementary data. All questions and comments on supplementary data should be addressed to the corresponding author of the article. Supplementary data is covered under the same copyright as the associated published article.
  • Supplementary data should be reviewed together with the manuscript since it will be attached to the article if accepted. Reference items are used only for reviewing process.