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Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A

A Journal of Physical Sciences

Editor In Chief: Martin Holthaus
Edited by: Martin Holthaus, Corina Fetecau, and Claus Kiefer

Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A – A Journal of Physical Sciences is proud to announce a new feature, the Editor's Choice free access article. To download the featured article free of charge, please click the link below.

Vol. 75, Iss. 5: Special Issue: Physics of Non-Equilibrium Systems/ Issue Editors: Martin Holthaus and Andreas Engel

Vol. 74, Iss. 8: Special Issue: Trends an Perspectives in Engery Research/ Issue Editors: Martin Holthaus and Sascha Schäfer

Vol. 74, Iss. 5: Gravity Beyond Einstein? Part II: Fundamental Physical Principles, Number Systems, Novel Groups, Dark Energy, and Dark Matter, MOND by Jochen Hauser and Walter Dröscher

Vol. 74, Iss. 5: Excitation of Peregrine-Type Waveforms from Vanishing Initial Conditions in the Presence of Periodic Forcing by Nikos I. Karachalios, Paris Kyriazopoulos and Konstantinos Vetas

Vol. 73, Iss. 12: Generalised Sasa–Satsuma Equation: Densities Approach to New Infinite Hierarchy of Integrable Evolution Equations by A. Ankiewicz, U. Bandelow and N. Akhmediev

Vol. 73, Iss. 9: Metal-Insulator Transition of Solid Hydrogen by the Antisymmetric Shadow Wave Function by Thomas D. Kühne and Francesco Calcavecchia

Vol. 73, Iss. 8: Quantum Theory and the Structure of Space-Time by Tejinder P. Singh

Vol. 73, Iss. 8: The Floquet Theory of the Two-Level System Revisited by Heinz-Jürgen Schmidt

Vol. 73, Iss. 6: Characterising Dynamic Instability in High Water-Cut Oil-Water Flows Using High-Resolution Microwave Sensor Signals by Weixin Liu, Ningde Jin, Yunfeng Han and Jing Ma

Vol. 72, Iss. 2: Special Issue: Heat Transfer and Heat Conduction on the Nanoscale / Guest Editors: Svend-Age Biehs, Philippe Ben-Abdallah, Achim Kittel

Vol. 71, Iss. 10: Focus Section: Emergence in Driven Solid-State and Cold-Atom Systems / Guest Editors: Ludwig Mathey, Junichi Okamoto

A Journal of Physical Sciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A (ZNA) is an international scientific journal which publishes original research papers from all areas of experimental and theoretical physics. Authors are encouraged to pay particular attention to a clear exposition of their respective subject, addressing a wide readership. In accordance with the name of our journal, which means “Journal for Natural Sciences”, manuscripts submitted to ZNA should have a tangible connection to actual physical phenomena. In particular, we welcome experiment-oriented contributions.

Manuscripts considered for publication in A Journal of Physical Sciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A undergo high-level refereeing. Mere formal correctness of a paper is not sufficient for its acceptance. Moreover, articles reporting a merely marginal extension of already existing knowledge are considered unsatisfactory. Instead, the key quality a publication in A Journal of Physical Sciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A should possess is that it makes a genuine contribution to the advancement of its topic.

  • Atomic, Molecular & Chemical Physics
  • Dynamical Systems & Nonlinear Phenomena
  • Gravitation & Cosmology
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Quantum Theory
  • Solid State Physics & Materials Science
  • Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics

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Original research articles, research notes, letters and review articles from all areas of theoretical and experimental physics

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The "Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A - A Journal of Physical Sciences" (ZNA) is an international scientific journal that publishes original research papers from all areas of experimental and theoretical physics. The journal has had a tradition of excellence since its first issue in early 1946.

The "Zeitschrift für Naturforschung" – translated literally: Journal for Research in Natural Sciences – was founded by Alfred Klemm together with Hans Friedrich-Freksa in 1945, providing a badly needed functioning means of professional communication for scientists in postwar Germany.

In this tradition, ZNA is serving the international scientific community still today as an efficient, up-to-date communication platform which covers all areas of experimental and theoretical physics, combining rigorous publication standards with high visibility.

Please have a look at the comprehensive history of ZNA in the document "About this Journal".

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  • Submission of your paper via our submission management tool following the Instructions_for_Authors (you will be guided through every step of the submission process)
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  • Before submitting your article please have a look at Publication Ethics Statement and our copyright agreement
  • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
  • A Journal of Physical Sciences: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A publishes 12 issues per year/volume
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Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP  may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland:  https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

Editor in Chief
Martin Holthaus

Honorary Editor
Siegfried Großmann

Corina Fetecau
Claus Kiefer (Köln)

Advisory Board
Ulrich Eckern
Condensed Matter Theory
Theory of Superconductivity and Superfluid Helium
Unconventional Superconductors near Interfaces
Quantum Mechanics

Thomas Elze (Pisa)
Quantum-classical Hybrid Systems
Quantum Decoherence
QCD Transport Theory
Quark-gluon Plasma
Statistical Mechanics

Jan Honolka (Prag)
Nano-Magnetism and Magnetism
Physics of Surfaces and Surface Science
X-ray Spectroscopy

Albrecht Klemm (Bonn)
Quantum Field Theory
Mathematical Physics
Gravity, String Theory

Thorsten Klüner (Oldenburg)
Quantum Chemistry
Density Functional Theory (DFT)
Development of Embedding Methods
Dissipative Quantum Dynamics
Electronically Excited States
Photochemistry on Surfaces

Shijun Liao (Shanghai)
Nonlinear Mechanics
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Ocean Engineering

Stefan Lochbrunner (Rostock)
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Dynamics of Molecular Systems

Detlef Lohse (Twente)

Willi-Hans Steeb (Johannesburg)
Dynamical Systems
Quantum Information Theory

Aneta Stefanovska (Lancaster)
Complex Systems
Biological, Cardiovascular, Neural Systems
Time Series Analysis
Coupled Oscillators, Synchronization

Weigang Sun (Hangzhou)
Applied Mathematics
Differential Equations
Nonlinear Systems
Nonlinear Control

Martin Zirnbauer (Köln)
Theoretical Physics (Mathematical Foundations)
Field Theory of Disordered and Mesoscopic Systems
Topological Quantum Matter

Editorial Office
Ulrike Kitzing, De Gruyter, Genthiner Straße 13, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Email: zna [at] degruyter.com

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