Acta Physica Polonica A (APPA)  is an open-access peer-reviewed scientific journal covering broad research, focused on physics. The Publisher of APPA is the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw (here pencil sketch made by Professor Maciej Nowak). 



Open access journal in this context means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.   


The journal was established by the Polish Physical Society in 1920. Until 1931, it published articles under the name "Comptes Rendus des Séances de la Société Polonaise de Physique", and from 1932 as "Acta Physica Polonica". In 1970, Acta Physica Polonica split into two journals Acta Physica Polonica A and Acta Physica Polonica B. Over time, both journals became independent meaning that the Publishers, the name series, and the scopes of the journals are different. Series 'A' is published by the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, and series 'B' is published by the Jagiellonian University in cooperation with the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cracov.


The scope of the journal Acta Physica Polonica A includes:

  • general physics,
  • atomic and molecular physics,
  • condensed matter physics,
  • optics and quantum optics,
  • biophysics,
  • quantum information, and
  • applied physics.

The Editorial Committee and scientific management of the journal are formed by the major Physicists. Their scientific achievements and knowledge guarantee the credibility and correct evaluation of the submitted works. The personal composition of the Committee of the Journal is specified on the Editorial Board webpage.

Acta Physica Polonica A (APPA) accepts and implements the publication ethics guidelines provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The journal is recognized by the European Physical Society and indexed by Scopus, Elsevier, and Web of Science

All articles published in APPA are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0). This permits anyone to copy, redistribute, remix, transmit, and build upon the material provided the original work and source is appropriately cited.

Abstracts and full papers of APPA since 1991 are available, both on the archive deposition and the current deposition website. The older editions of APPA issues are also available (in the form of scans) or from the editors.

Editors select reviewers on the basis of competence and expertise in the topic. The process of reviewing is single-blind. The reviewers are obliged to disclose any conflicts of interest. Usually, the report is submitted in 3–4 weeks.

The "Guide for Authors" can be found here.

Terms of subscription can be found here.


Acta Physica Polonica A publishes conference proceedings as well as special issues that are within the scope of the journal. If a conference topic goes within the scope of APPA only marginally, then the Editor-in-Chief after consulting with the conference organizers selects in-scope conference papers for publication.

Publication of conference proceedings requires a signed contract between the conference organizers and the Publisher (the Director of the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences). There is a page charge for conference proceedings.