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  • Making a good review article is a team effort, involving authors, editors and referees. In honour of Peer Review Week, happening this month, we spotlight the essential role of peer reviewers.

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  • As new events such as surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing and karate are added to the programme of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, we ponder how physics can help enhance athletic performance in elite sport.

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  • The mechanism behind high-temperature superconductivity has been an arena of fierce debate in the condensed matter community for 35 years. As the discussion mellows, the time is ripe for new ideas.

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  • The number of physics articles making use of AI technologies keeps growing rapidly. There are some exciting directions worth keeping an eye on.

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  • In this issue we look back at the debut of two unique experiments a decade ago and forward to the future of gravitational wave astronomy. We ponder on how journals can follow such long-term projects reporting every step of the way.

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  • Academic humour in published papers can take different forms, but funny titles are one of the best. We recall some of the best titles published in physics over the years.

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  • In addition to the different types of review articles Nature Reviews Physics regularly publishes, readers can also find a wealth of comment, opinion and news articles in our pages. Here is a quick guide to our content.

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  • The economic turmoil of 2020 seems likely to continue into 2021, putting economics at the forefront of discussions. But what can physicists learn from economists?

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  • Over a century after its discovery, the proton still keeps physicists busy understanding its basic properties, but a new generation of experiments may help finally nail down its radius, stability and the origin of its spin.

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  • As we close volume 2 of Nature Reviews Physics we look at the richness of topics covered, the variety of article types and the geographical diversity of the community we serve.

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  • This month we explore the evolution of curated data in physics and ponder on the past and future role of journals.

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  • Physics in Africa is often overlooked. We explore the challenges facing African physicists and what their needs are as authors and readers.

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  • The 5 years since the first detection of gravitational waves have witnessed the rise of multi-messenger astronomy, a field that expands our understanding of astrophysical processes and reshapes the way science is done.

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  • All articles in Nature Reviews Physics are extensively edited in-house before publication. What do we do, and why?

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  • This month in a dedicated Focus issue, we look back at the first decade of X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) and forward to the challenges and opportunities lying ahead.

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  • Epidemiological modelling informs government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, but confusion abounds about the models. What can physicists do to help?

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  • On the 60th anniversary of the first operation of a laser, let us reflect on the many advances lasers have enabled in various areas of physics.

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  • In this issue we explore some of the reasons why physicists from Asia are under-represented in Nature Reviews Physics as authors and referees and ponder what we can do.

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  • As the gravitational wave detector KAGRA goes online and the Hyper-Kamiokande neutrino detector upgrade is approved, we look at a number of upcoming big science projects in Japan.

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  • How can physicists reap the benefits of conferences while reducing their environmental impact? New formats, such as online and multisite conferences, may be part of the solution.

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