IOP SciNotes

About the journal


IOP SciNotes is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that enables researchers to publish individual stages or units of their research work, allowing anyone to validate, share and discover a wider range of scientific research.

The subject scope includes the following broad areas:

  • Physics
  • Materials
  • Bioscience and Medical Physics
  • Environment and Energy
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics and Computation

The journal’s scope excludes astronomy, and researchers working in astronomical science are directed to Research Notes of the AAS (published in partnership with the American Astronomical Society) as a publication venue for appropriate brief scientific communications.

Why should you publish in IOP SciNotes?

  • Gain recognition and credit for more of your research outputs;
  • Enable more of your research outputs to be open and visible to the entire research community;
  • Communicate your research developments and results more rapidly;
  • Encourage more open, transparent and reproducible approaches to scientific endeavour;
  • Inform peers and students about useful new methods and protocols;
  • Reinforce the value of high-quality peer review of research outputs;
  • Support a society publisher that puts any profits back into science through the Institute of Physics.

Article types

IOP SciNotes supports open, transparent and reproducible approaches to scientific discovery and has been designed as a formal publication forum for valuable scientific material that may not be in a format ready or appropriate for publication as a traditional full-length article. In doing so the journal provides authors with publication credit and an outlet for all the research work that deserves long-term archival preservation and access for future reference.

Articles in IOP SciNotes can be up to a maximum of 2,500 words (including abstract, figures and references) but must contain sufficient information to be replicated by other scientific readers without excessive external references. The journal specifically welcomes submissions of the following study types:

  • Preliminary results;
  • Pilot studies;
  • Negative or reproduced results and/or observations;
  • Descriptions of a new method or protocol;
  • Descriptions of new data or code that enable others to use and understand them (with citation to the full dataset located in an open repository);
  • Registered methodological reports (describing a new method prior to conducting the research and collecting data).

All primary data underpinning new results or descriptions of datasets should be cited in the article’s reference list and be accessible to other researchers unless the authors are prohibited to make the data public for legal or ethical reasons.

Abstracting and indexing services

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

  • CNKI
  • Inspec
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Scite
  • Yewno