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Quantum Science and Technology

About Quantum Science and Technology


Quantum Science and Technology™ (QST) is dedicated to bringing together the latest and most important results and perspectives from across the emerging field of quantum science and technology. QST is a highly selective journal; submissions must be both essential reading for a particular sub-field and of interest to the broader quantum science and technology community with the expectation for lasting scientific and technological impact. We therefore anticipate that only a small proportion of submissions to QST will be selected for publication. We feel that the rapidly growing QST community is looking for a journal with this profile, and one that together we can achieve.

Submissions that do not meet QST’s strict acceptance criteria may be transferred at the discretion of the journal’s editors (with author approval) to other relevant journals in the IOP portfolio for consideration.

Specific topics of interest include:

  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum simulation
  • Quantum metrology
  • Quantum engineering
  • Quantum sensing
  • Quantum communication
  • Quantum computation
  • Quantum biology
  • Quantum materials
  • Quantum control
  • Hybrid quantum systems
  • Quantum thermodynamics
  • Quantum machine learning and intelligence
  • Quantum software, algorithms and code


In addition to publishing research articles that report urgent breakthrough results of significant importance to the field of quantum science and technology, QST will also publish invited Topical Reviews on themes of particular current interest to the community.

Why should you publish in Quantum Science and Technology?

  • High quality peer review: rigorous peer review by IOP Publishing’s global network of expert reviewers, supported by our top-level Editorial Board.
  • Fast publication: we are committed to providing you with a quick, professional service to ensure rapid first decision, acceptance and publication. Once accepted, your article will be accessible to readers within 24 hours and will include a citable DOI.
  • Wider media coverage: through IOP’s award-winning journalistic service.
  • Promotion: of individual articles on Twitter.
  • Use of Altmetrics to capture wider usage of content online.
  • Society owned: dedicated to providing impact, recognition and value for the scientific community. As the publishing arm of the Institute of Physics, 100% of our profit goes towards public and scientific good.

Article types

  • Letters: outstanding concise articles, reporting important, new and timely developments. These articles should be deserving of priority review, and you are required to upload a justification statement along with your submission.
  • Papers: reports of high-quality original research with conclusions representing a significant advance in the field.
  • Special Issue Articles: invited articles, which will form a special collection of papers on a specific theme. When asked to select ‘Article Type’ on the submission system, please select ‘Special Issue Article’. Then select the special issue you’re submitting to in the drop down box that appears.
  • Perspectives: commissioned brief commentaries that highlight the impact and wider implications of new research.
  • Topical Reviews: written by leading researchers in their fields, these articles present the background to and overview of a particular field, and the current state of the art. Topical review articles are typically invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Roadmaps: a collection of short 2–3 page perspectives on a topic. Each section has a different author(s), and the sections are combined together into one article for publication. Roadmaps capture the breadth of the hot topics in the field, and they are more forward looking than topical review articles. Each perspective should look at the history and status of the topic, current and future challenges, and advances in science and technology needed to address the challenges.
  • Comments: comment or criticism on work previously published in the journal. These are usually published with an associated reply.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Quantum Science and Technology, using the ANSI/NISO Standard Terminology for Peer Review:

  • Identity transparency: single-anonymous, double-anonymous (author choice)
  • 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.


Quantum Science and Technology maintains the highest standards of publication and research ethics and is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are expected to comply with IOP Publishing’s Ethical Policy.

Research data

Quantum Science and Technology has adopted IOP Publishing’s research data policy. Please check that your article complies with the policy before submission.

Please note that this policy requires authors to include a data availability statement in their article.

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

Quantum Science and Technology 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* £2720 €3100 $3800
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 Quantum Science and Technology.

Transformative Agreements

Quantum Science and Technology 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. Articles published in QST will be available in relevant indexing services and databases when appropriate.

  • Baidu Scholar
  • CNKI
  • Ei Compendex
  • Inspec
  • J-Gate
  • JST
  • MyScienceWork
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Naver Academic
  • R Discovery
  • Scilit
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Wanfang Data
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences, Essential Science Indicators)
  • x-mol

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