Inverse Problems

About the journal


Subject coverage
An interdisciplinary journal combining mathematical and experimental papers on inverse problems with theoretical, numerical and practical approaches to their solution.

As well as applied mathematicians, physical scientists and engineers, the readership includes those working in geophysics, radar, optics, biology, acoustics, communication theory, signal processing and imaging, among others.

The emphasis is on publishing original contributions to methods of solving mathematical, physical and applied problems. To be publishable in this journal, papers must meet the highest standards of scientific quality, contain significant and original new science and should present substantial advancement in the field. Due to the broad scope of the journal, we require that authors provide sufficient introductory material to appeal to the wide readership and that articles which are not explicitly applied include a discussion of possible applications.

Article requirements
Articles in Inverse Problems must meet the highest scientific quality standards, both in terms of originality and significance, and the research results should make substantial advances in the field. Authors and referees are asked to take into account that Inverse Problems is an interdisciplinary journal when considering what is significant and worthy of publication. In particular, they are asked to bear in mind the following points.

Papers should have carefully written introductions, which briefly summarize and explain the results so that readers from other related disciplines can understand them. Theoretical and mathematical papers should have an introduction clearly stating the potential applications of the problem and the results. Experimental and computational papers should be presented clearly for the whole inverse problems community.

Papers are typically between 16–25 pages in length. However, we do not have a strict upper or lower page limit on submission. If your submission exceeds 30 pages we will request that the reviewers explicitly comment on whether the length is justified by the scientific content and whether the work could be shortened without detriment.

Why should you publish in Inverse Problems?

  • Impact factor of 1.858, as noted in ISI’s 2017 Journal Citation Reports®.
  • Wide international circulation and visibility: Inverse Problems articles on IOPscience were downloaded over 180 000 times in 2018.
  • Accepted manuscripts: research can be downloaded and cited within 24 hours of acceptance.
  • Editorial Board and International Advisory Panel members play an active role in overseeing the peer review process to maintain the high quality of the journal.
  • Excellent author service: a friendly and helpful team are readily available to answer your questions (email).
  • Rapid processing times: receipt-to-acceptance times are on average under 180 days, and accept to publication times are on average 30 days.
  • Open access: authors may choose to publish to publish their paper openly in the journal (conditional on payment of an APC) or to host manuscript versions via a repository.
  • Society publisher: Inverse Problems is published by IOP Publishing, a publisher central to the Institute of Physics (IOP) and a world leader in professional scientific communications. IOP is a not-for-profit society and registered charity that works to advance physics research, application and education.

Article types

Inverse Problems welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Research papers: reports of original research work which discuss the analysis or application of inverse problems.
  • Special issues or sections: collections of novel research articles on a specific topic commissioned by the Editorial Board and Guest Editors. Submissions may be by invitation or by an open call for papers. Papers submitted to these special issues undergo the same rigorous peer review process as all other manuscripts and are published within, or as a replacement for, the regular journal issues.
  • Topical Reviews: written by leading researchers in their respective fields, these articles present a review of the current state of the art of a particular field. Topical reviews are normally commissioned by the Editorial Board.

Special requirements

Inverse Problems’ statement regarding the inclusion of potentially offensive or inappropriate imagery in submitted papers:

We ask authors to carefully consider both the subject matter and provenance of images included in their work before submitting to the journal. If the submitted images could be potentially offensive to the journal’s readership or violate copyright, Inverse Problems reserves the right to request that authors seek alternative images or other means to express the same results before the final version is published

Abstracting and indexing services

We work with our authors to help make their work as easy to discover as possible. Inverse Problems is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:

  • CNKI Scholar
  • EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition
  • EBSCO Academic Search Complete
  • EBSCO Academic Search Elite
  • EBSCO Academic Search Premier
  • EBSCO Academic Search Ultimate
  • EBSCO Applied Science & Technology Source
  • EBSCO Applied Science & Technology Source Ultimate
  • EBSCO Computers & Applied Sciences Complete
  • EBSCO STM Source
  • EBSCO TOC Premier
  • Ei Compendex
  • GeoRef
  • INIS (International Nuclear Information System)
  • Inspec
  • MathSciNet
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Scopus
  • VINITI Abstracts Journal (Referativnyi Zhurnal)
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents – Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences)
  • Yewno Unearth
  • Zentralblatt MATH