Tutorial (or mini-Tutorial) Papers:
Guidelines for Submission
Physics of Plasmas has recently introduced featured Tutorials to further its mission of serving the Plasma Physics community. Tutorials will be a regular feature and will retain the high standards of the journal.
Tutorials are intended as educational tools (at the advanced graduate-level) to help shape the new generation of researchers in Plasma Physics as well as to support researchers interested in engaging in specific topics/techniques and/or improving their skills in particular areas.
Tutorials are not required to provide original research content, but should be aimed at explaining – with an educational perspective - principles and/or techniques in a particular research area. They are also expected to communicate a broad overview of the objectives, results and open questions for that area. Tutorials can be extended papers of length 10 – 15 journal pages (see for instance Phys. Plasmas 19, 058101 (2012)),but also shorter contributions (3-5 pages, called mini-Tutorials) on more specialized topics. Submitted Tutorials will be screened by the Editor, aided by the Resident Associate Editor. Once accepted for review, the Tutorial paper will go through Physics of Plasmas’ rigorous peer-review process, and must meet the same high standards as regularly published papers.It is important to note that, considering the purpose of the Tutorial papers, referees will be asked to address the following points when writing their reviews:
- Is the Tutorial aimed at the appropriate level for the Physics of Plasmas readership?
- Is the topical research area covered with sufficient depth and broad perspective (for extended Tutorials)? Can the style of presentation be improved?
- Is the topic of the Tutorial timely?
- Does the reference list appear to be appropriate? Are the references too one-dimensional, i.e., directed only towards the authors' research or research at the authors' institutions? Do the references provide sufficient background references to allow the reader to place the paper in context with previous and current work?
- Has the paper been written in clear and acceptable English?
- For mini-Tutorials: Is the topic specialized enough to be covered in a mini-tutorial without loss of clarity?