Guide to Authors

Please read the journal's Guide to Authors before submitting a paper to npj Quantum InformationManuscripts submitted to npj Quantum Information do not need to adhere to our formatting requirements at the point of initial submission; formatting requirements will be applied at the time of acceptance.

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Summary of the Guide for Authors

Article Type Abstract Word Limit Tables and Figures References
Article
A complete, comprehensive report of original research. An Article usually has a fairly complex narrative that is based on multiple techniques and/or approaches.
Unstructured abstract; maximum word limit 250 5,000 words excluding abstract, references, figures and tables Maximum of 6 Maximum of 50, please use as current as possible
Brief Communication
A concise report of research of high quality and broad interest to a journal’s target audience. Usually a short report of interim work or final report of research that does not warrant a full research paper publication.
Unstructured abstract; maximum word limit 150 800 words excluding references Maximum of 2 Maximum of 10
Review
A comprehensive synthesis and/or analysis of specific topics. A short Introduction giving the rationale for the review should be followed by sections with appropriate subheadings, followed by a conclusions section at the end. The standard footer headings (Acknowledgements, Contributions, Competing Interests, and Funding) are required. All invited reviews will undergo peer review prior to acceptance.
Unstructured abstract; maximum word limit 250 5,000 words excluding abstract, references, figures and tables Maximum of 8 Maximum of 100
Editorial
An authoritative timely opinion on an issue or a paper; it is usually written or invited by the Editor-in-Chief
None 1,000 words excluding references Maximum of 2 Maximum of 15
Meeting Report
An account of proceedings at a recent conference of broad interest to the target readership of the journal
Unstructured abstract; maximum word limit 150 Maximum of 2,000 words excluding abstract, references, figures and tables Maximum of 2 Maximum of 50
Correspondence
The Editors will occasionally consider the publication of correspondence developing the debate relating to a particular journal article that has already been published. These pieces are not applicable for an Article Processing Charge. The Correspondence should be received within 6 weeks after publication of the journal article to which it refers.
None 350 words maximum
excluding,
references,
figures and
tables
None Maximum of 5, not
including
reference to
the original
article
Comment
An opinionated piece that focus on a topical issue
None 1,500 words excluding reference Max of 2 Max of 15
Perspective
It should provide an evidence-based opinion on a particular article or subject. There should be a short introduction, followed by relevant section headings and a conclusions’ section at the end. The standard footer headings (Acknowledgements, Contributions, Competing Interests, and Funding) are required.
Unstructured abstract; max word limit: 250 2,000 words excluding abstract, references, figures and tables Max of 3 Max of 50

Word limit
Word limits are provided for guidance only. The Editors will consider submissions that exceed the recommended limit, subject to feedback received during peer review.

Article Processing Charge
Authors whose papers are accepted for publication in npj Quantum Information are required to pay an article processing charge (APC). The following charges will apply for all un-solicited articles published in npj Quantum Information (plus VAT where applicable):

  US Europe Japan China UK and rest of the world
Original Article $3300 €2570 ¥354,630 RMB 22,070 £2170
Other article types $1530 €1190 ¥164,420 RMB 10,230 £1010