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  • Göttingen is home to the Third Infinity conference, a biennial event organized by Ph.D. candidates that aims, beyond discussing complex systems physics, at providing a platform to discuss themes central to doctoral life and education. As part of the organizing committee of Third Infinity 2020, in this comment we would like to raise attention on the main issues faced by today’s European interdisciplinary Ph.D. students as we learnt them from direct experience during the organization process, as well as from discussion with our peers during the event.

    • Aina Gallemí-Pérez
    • Venecia Chávez-Medina
    Comment Open Access
  • Trust is the theme of this year’s peer review week. Confidence in the most broadly used form of assessment, and often considered a quality seal, of scholarly communication, remains high. However, the continuously evolving means of disseminating science and the exponential growth of research output require journals to do more to reassure their authors and readers on the rigour of peer review, while maintaining an open dialogue aimed at improving the system.

    Editorial Open Access
  • Executable papers take transparency and openness in research communication one step further. In this comment, an early career researcher reports her experience of creating an executable paper as a journey through Open Science.

    • Jana Lasser
    Comment Open Access
  • This month marks the 60th anniversary of the invention of the laser. Here, we highlight a few of the many developments of a technology that has revolutionised our lives. To celebrate, our editors have chosen a collection of articles published in Communications Physics that showcase the breath of research and applications in this field.

    Editorial Open Access
  • What is the path towards a physical theory of complex networked systems? With an eye to the historical maths-physics duality, and an outlook towards the future, this commentary discusses promises and challenges accompanying the convergence of formal graph theory and data-inspired network science.

    • Gerardo Iñiguez
    • Federico Battiston
    • Márton Karsai
    Comment Open Access
  • Communications Physics is 2 years old. To celebrate, we look back at our achievements and put together a collection of our editors’ favourite papers. We will renew this collection over the months to share with our community what we like the most.

    Editorial Open Access
  • Matching each submitted paper to the right reviewers is a crucial task, and for authors it can be an opaque process. Here, we aim to reveal the ethos and procedures an editor typically follows at Communications Physics when selecting reviewers.

    Editorial Open Access
  • Recognition of the contribution made by reviewers to the publication of high quality research may take many forms. We are passionate about ensuring quality in peer review and discuss here how to acknowledge our reviewers fairly.

    Editorial Open Access
  • The anapole, a non-radiating charge-current configuration, was recently observed in a variety of artificial materials and nanostructures. We provide a brief overview of this rapidly developing field and discuss implications for spectroscopy, energy materials, electromagnetics, as well as quantum and nonlinear optics.

    • V. Savinov
    • N. Papasimakis
    • N. I. Zheludev
    Comment Open Access
  • The concept of non-Hermitian parity-time reversal symmetry in optics has given rise to a vast amount of research aimed at exploring some of the exotic features displayed by photonics systems. The authors present a brief account of the state-of-the-art on non-Hermitian photonics and provide their perspective on the topic.

    • Ramy El-Ganainy
    • Mercedeh Khajavikhan
    • Sahin K. Ozdemir
    Comment Open Access
  • Communications Physics celebrates its first year anniversary of publishing research advances across the physical sciences. We take this opportunity to look back at what we achieved so far and our ambitions for the future.

    Editorial Open Access
  • This month marks the 1 year anniversary of opening Communications Physics for submissions. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who helped make the journal launch a success.

    Editorial Open Access
  • Welcome to the inaugural edition of Communications Physics. Our ambition is to provide a venue for physicists, regardless of their specialised topic, to publish and access high-quality research that stimulates new thinking in the field.

    Editorial Open Access