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About Nonlinearity


Aimed primarily at mathematicians and physicists interested in research on nonlinear phenomena, the journal’s coverage ranges from proofs of important theorems to papers presenting ideas, conjectures and numerical or physical experiments of significant physical and mathematical interest.

Subject coverage

The journal publishes papers on nonlinear mathematics, mathematical physics, experimental physics, theoretical physics and other areas in the sciences where nonlinear phenomena are of fundamental importance. A more detailed indication is given by the subject interests of the Editorial Board members, which are listed in every issue of the journal.

Due to the broad scope of Nonlinearity, and in order to make all papers published in the journal accessible to its wide readership, authors are required to provide sufficient introductory material in their paper. This material should contain enough detail and background information to place their research into context and to make it understandable to scientists working on nonlinear phenomena.

Nonlinearity is a journal of the Institute of Physics and the London Mathematical Society.

Why should you publish with Nonlinearity?

  • Impact Factor: included in Clarivate Analytics’ Journal Citation ReportsⓇ.
  • High standards: timely peer-review guided personally by the Editorial Board.
  • Excellent author service: a friendly and helpful team are readily available to answer your questions (
  • Open access options: authors may choose to publish their paper openly in the journal (conditional on payment of an APC) or to host manuscript versions via a repository.
  • Society publisher: 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

Nonlinearity welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Research Papers: reports of original research work. The main criterion for acceptance will be the existence of a significant contribution to the general mathematical or physical understanding of nonlinear systems.
  • Invited Articles: commissioned by the Editorial Board.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Nonlinearity, using the ANSI/NISO Standard Terminology for Peer Review:

  • Identity transparency: single-anonymous
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor

Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process as well as checklists in both English and Chinese language to help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission.

If an article is not accepted for publication, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals we publish.

Inclusivity and diversity

IOP Publishing recognises that there are inequalities within the scientific publishing and research ecosystems. We are committed to a progressive approach to inclusivity and diversity, and are working hard to eliminate discrimination to foster an equitable and welcoming publishing environment for all.

IOP Publishing follows Guidelines on Inclusive Language and Images in Scholarly Communication to ensure that journal articles use bias-free and culturally sensitive communication. We ask authors to please follow these guidelines in their manuscript submissions.

More information about our work on inclusivity is available on our Open Physics hub.


Nonlinearity maintains the highest standards of publication and research ethics. Authors are expected to comply with IOP Publishing’s Ethical policy.

Research data policy

Nonlinearity has adopted IOP Publishing’s standard data policy. Please check that your article complies with the policy before submission.

For any questions about the policy please contact the journal.

Many research funders now require authors to make all data related to their research available in an online repository. Please refer to the policy for further information about research data, data repositories and data citation.

Open access

Nonlinearity is a hybrid open access journal. Authors have the option to pay an article publication charge (APC) to publish their article on a gold open access basis under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. Articles published on a gold open access basis are freely available to everyone to read and reuse immediately upon publication, provided the terms of the licence are followed and clear attribution to the author is given.

Alternatively authors who do not select the gold open access option can choose a green open access route to publication.

For more information on IOP Publishing’s open access policies please see our Open access page. For our author rights policies please see our Author rights page.

Publication charges

Publication on a subscription-access basis is free of charge.

Authors have the option to pay the following article publication charge (APC) to publish their article on an open access basis under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

Article publication charge* £2295 €2635 $3165
Reduced article publication charge* for Group B countries** £500 €575 $675
Reduced article publication charge for Group A countries** £0 €0 $0

*excluding VAT where applicable

**eligibility criteria can be found here

APCs only apply to articles accepted for publication; there are no submission charges.

There are no other charges for publishing in Nonlinearity.

Transformative Agreements

Nonlinearity is included in our transformative agreements which allow authors from some institutions to publish open access without paying an APC.

Find out if you’re covered by an agreement

If you are covered by an agreement, use our author guide to help you submit your paper.

Countries where we have transformative agreements include:
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Paying for open access

Various discounts, waivers and funding arrangements are available to support our authors. Visit our Paying for open access page for further details.


Abstracting and indexing services

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

  • Baridu Scholar
  • CNKI
  • 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
  • INIS (International Nuclear Information System)
  • Inspec
  • J-Gate
  • JST
  • MathSciNet
  • MyScienceWork
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Naver Academic
  • R Discovery
  • Scilit
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • VINITI Abstracts Journal (Referativnyi Zhurnal)
  • Wanfang Data
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences, Essential Science Indicators)
  • WTI AG
  • x-mol
  • Yewno
  • Zentralblatt MATH

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