Guidelines for Authors

Submission process

Submission: Authors are only required to supply the arXiv reference of the pre-print (which must be posted to or at least cross-listed with quant-ph). Authors may also suggest referees and provide supplementary files. To submit a work to Quantum, follow the instructions in the box below.

Format: There are no typesetting, format or length constraints. We trust the authors to find the best format to convey their work. Nevertheless, the main contributions, assumptions, and results of the work should be made clear in a non-technical summary in the beginning, for the benefit of all readers.  Cover letters are not necessary, as Quantum expects manuscripts to speak for themselves.

Template: Authors are encouraged to use the Quantum document class for typesetting the final version, ensuring a consistent look while providing maximal compatibility with existing LaTeX document classes. This is however not mandatory.

Terms and conditions: By submitting a manuscript to Quantum, you confirm that you agree with Quantum’s terms and conditions and editorial policies. In particular, you certify that:

  • you have the permission of all co-authors and other right holders to pursue publication of the work in Quantum,
  • you are not infringing on anyone’s copyright with the material contained in your work,
  • you will be fully liable for any charges resulting from copyright infringement, and
  • you will not submit this work to any other publishing venue unless it is terminally rejected by Quantum.

In addition, authors, referees and members of all boards of Quantum commit to follow the Code of Conduct laid out in the terms and conditions.

I have read and agree with Quantum’s terms and conditions and editorial policies.

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Editorial criteria and peer review

What: Both original research and review articles, theoretical and experimental. Works should make a significant conceptual or technical contribution, but are not required to aim at a wide interdisciplinary audience.

Acceptance criteria: Technical correctness, sound motivation of the work, significance, and clarity of presentation.  Quantum encourages submissions that provide an honest assessment of their scope and limitations.

Review process: Submissions are peer reviewed by at least two referees according to the editorial policies of Quantum. Editorial rejection should only happen on scientific grounds. Incremental refereeing is discouraged: referees should either accept, reject, or accept under clearly spelled out conditions in the first round. Referees are asked specific questions in the referee form to obtain comparable and fair reports. Quantum may offer optional dual consent open review in the future.

Editorial decision and publication

Upon acceptance: Authors upload an approved final version of the manuscript to the arXiv, which will become the published version of the paper. The regular publication fee is €200. Authors may also opt for a discounted fee of €100, or request the fee to be waived completely.

DOI: For the final accepted version of the manuscript, DOI linking is mandatory. Quantum is a member of Crossref, therefore in all publications by Quantum all references to works that have a DOI must contain clickable hyper-links to the URLs associated with the works’ DOIs. For more information on how to add appropriate links, please consult the latest version of the template of the Quantum document class.

Publication: The published work is given a DOI and is announced in Quantum. All works are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Publications in Quantum can be cited by volume and article number, and we will make an effort to get them listed in the webofscience and on Google Scholar, so that citations count for citation metrics.

Publicity: If provided by the authors, a non-technical abstract or popular summary is also released by Quantum and publicized in social media. For exceptional publications, the editor may ask a referee or external expert to write a short viewpoint about the paper.

Appeal: To submit an appeal against an editorial decision, please use the appeal form.