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. There is no fee upon submission.

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.
The Quantum document class and a template document with further instructions is available on github, CTAN, and via the following direct download links:

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.

You will be taken to Scholastica, our peer review platform. You will be asked to log in or create an account.

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. Quantum aims to select works that:

  • Significantly advance the particular sub-field of quantum science
  • Provide evidence that the employed methods or obtained results go significantly beyond the state of the art (especially for empirical works)

Quantum reserves the right to desk reject a work in case the editors have substantial doubt that it does not meet the acceptance criteria and would thus be unlikely to make it through peer-review.

Review process: Submissions sent out to for peer review are 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 running costs of Quantum are covered through a voluntary fee (article processing charge). Please see the payment page for the applicable fees and payment methods.

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 under associated with the work’s DOI. A link to the publisher homepage is not sufficient. Works that do not have a DOI may, of course, be cited without a link. 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 and the final version must previously be uploaded to the arXiv by the authors under the same license. Publications in Quantum can be cited by volume and article number, and are indexed in the webofscience and on Google Scholar, so that citations count for citation metrics. Authors and other copyright holders retain the copyright on their works without restrictions.

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, on which you can also find further information on how appeals are handled.

Post publication

Errata: Authors are strongly encouraged to notify Quantum of any corrections and modifications made to already published papers. Errata to papers published in Quantum can be uploaded by the authors as a new version to the arXiv. More detailed information can be found on our Crossmark policy page.