Aims and Scope
High Power Laser Science and Engineering is a Gold Open Access peer reviewed journal that seeks to uncover the underlying science and engineering in the fields of: high energy density physics, high power lasers, advanced laser technology, and applications and laser components. Topics covered include laser-plasma interaction, ultra-intense ultra-short pulse laser interaction with matter, attosecond physics, laser design, modeling and optimization, laser amplifiers, nonlinear optics, laser engineering, optical materials, optical devices, fiber lasers, diode-pumped solid state lasers and excimer lasers.
All article types in HPLSE have no page limits although papers deemed excessive in length may be rejected or will require significant revision.
All manuscripts must be written in English.
HPLSE welcomes the following article types:
· Research Articles: Regular submissions to HPL are termed ‘research articles’ and must contain original research. Papers should be written in a concise manner; though HPL has no page limit, each paper will be judged on its own merits, and those deemed excessive in length will be rejected or will require significant revision.
· Review Articles: Articles reviewing the developments and achievements within areas of interest to the laser science community are welcomed as ‘reviews’. Reviews must be fully referenced and authors should take care to avoid excessive length.
· Letters: HPL Letters are short communications of original research that is of the highest quality and particular urgency. These papers receive expedited peer review and expedited copyediting/typesetting to accelerate publication.
· Commentries: HPLSE publishes commentaries that contain either an in-depth review of published articles or a discussion of an aspect of a topic that is relevant to the journal's scope. Commentaries should be a maximum of 2000 words.
· Perspectives: HPL Perspectives are reviewed by the journal Editor-in-Chief before being published, rather than undergoing a full peer review. These articles reflect the opinions of the authors rather than those of the journal and Editorial Board.
· Interviews: Interviews are articles in forms of Q&A regarding some topics that will be of interest to the wider high power laser related research community. The interviewees are normally top experts in the field providing their personal views and thoughts on issues surrounds research. The vast majority of interview articles are commissioned, but proposals can be made to the editorial team.
These article types may be eligible for APC waivers or discounts under one of the agreements Cambridge University Press has made to support open access.
Preparing your article for submission
Papers should be prepared in either Microsoft Word or LaTeX format, and initially should have figures and tables embedded. If the paper is prepared in Word, the doc file can be uploaded during submission, and the submission system will generate a PDF for review purposes. Please find the Word template for HPLSE below:
If the paper is prepared in LaTeX, the author must generate a PDF and upload this during the submission process. Authors should use the cup-hpl.cls style file and supporting files provided below:
The LATEX source file should not initially be submitted alongside the PDF, but upon provisional acceptance of the paper, the LATEX source file, along with individual figure files and a PDF of the final version, will need to be submitted for typesetting purposes. See the publication process after acceptance page for further information.
Abstract and Keywords preparation
The abstract should be no longer than 150 words. It should be informative, without descriptive words or citations, and contain the major conclusions and quantitative results or other significant items in the paper. Together with the title, the abstract must be adequate as an index to all the subjects treated in the paper, and will be used as a base for indexing.
The authors should provide from 2 to 5 keywords that reflect the content of the article.
Tables and Artwork
Tables should be numbered consecutively and each should be typed doublespaced. All tables must be cited and their approximate positions indicated in the text. Tables should be appended on separate sheets and identified with appropriate titles. The table title, which should be brief, goes above the table. A detailed description of its contents or table footnotes should be given directly below the body of the table.
There is no charge for colour figures. For review purposes figures should be embedded within the manuscript. Upon final acceptance, however, individual figure files will be required for production.
Each figure should be accompanied by a single caption, to appear beneath, and must be cited in the text. Notations in the figures should be distinct and consistent with the same ones in the text. Figures should appear in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text and figure files must be named accordingly to assist the production process (and numbering of figures should continue through any appendices). For photographs, the original photos must be supplied with good contrast and clearly distinguishable details. Failure to follow figure guidelines may result in a request for resupply and a subsequent delay in the production process.
For further information, please consult the Cambridge Journals artwork guide.
Citations and References
References must be published work and must be numbered consecutively in order of their first citation. All papers included in the References section must be cited in the article and vice versa.
Citations in the text should be denoted superscript as consecutive numbers in square brackets with one number per reference. For example, see the work of Author , Author and Other , and Author et al. . Note that et al. is used in the citation, but the full reference in the references section should list all authors. Citations may also be inserted when the author is not being directly referenced , and multiple references should be indicated as, for example, [1,3] and [2 – 4].
All of the references’ authors should be given.
Acknowledgements should be included at the end of the paper, before the References section or any appendicies. Please use the acknowledgements to identify all funding sources (by name and contract number, as appropriate).
Seeking permission for copyrighted material
If your article contains any material in which you do not own copyright, including figures, charts, tables, photographs or excerpts of text, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder to reuse that material. As the author it is your responsibility to obtain this permission and pay any related fees, and you will need to send us a copy of each permission statement at acceptance.
For information on how to obtain permission, please refer to this guidance document.