Online Subscriptions

All APS journals are hosted on the APS platform. This unified and simplified configuration provides a consolidated set of personalized services for readers, authors, and referees.

The online journals are the definitive versions of the APS publications:
Physical Review Letters
Physical Review X
PRX Energy
PRX Life
PRX Quantum
Reviews of Modern Physics
Physical Review A–E
Physical Review Research
Physical Review Accelerators and Beams
Physical Review Applied
Physical Review Fluids
Physical Review Materials
Physical Review Physics Education Research

With a PROLA subscription or an APS-ALL package, usage statistics will also include Physical Review Series I & II 1893–1969.


Single Site License

Individual academic, corporate, or government institutions looking to subscribe to a single title or package can request information or a price quote from our Contact form.

Multi-Site and Consortia License

Organizations in a specific region or campuses within the same university system may be eligible for a consortia or multi-site license. Licenses are available to qualified corporate, government and academic institutions worldwide. In addition to subscription fees, an access or license fee may be applied.

For more details or to request a formal quote, please fill out the Contact form.

APS Tiers

APS continues its efforts to achieve a fair distribution of costs between major research subscribers, small undergraduate institutions, and those in between. The APS Council supports the philosophy that the cost of research activity should be distributed to reflect the way different institutions utilize the literature. In particular, it should reflect both the value of the product to the reader (students, researchers, etc.) and the value of the journal as a distributor of research information (authors, institutions).

To send your request for tier classification, please fill out the Contact form. Provide the complete name and address of your institution along with your contact information.

IP Policy

APS online institutional subscribers are recognized and authorized by their Internet Protocol (IP) address. APS will only accept IP ranges owned by the subscriber or for the subscriber’s sole use. Institutional subscribers need to specified their IP addresses or IP ranges in the license agreement. Library administrators with an APS librarian portal account may also submit IP changes and corrections directly to APS.

Each computer accessing the Internet is assigned an IP address, commonly represented as four number groups separated by dots, e.g. All computers on a local area network or subnet may have the first two or three number groups in common.

To provide the most accurate usage statistics, APS does not allow IP sharing across multiple institutions or accounts. If an IP conflict with a pre-existing IP address in the APS system, both institutions will be notified to resolve it. Systematic or programmatic downloading via granted IP access is prohibited.

All IP addresses are subject to review and approval by the APS technical staff. APS reserves the right to reject any IP addresses failing to fulfill these criteria. Please consult your network administrator for accurate IP addresses/ranges.

If you require any assistance or use proxy servers, please contact the APS Technical Help Desk at

Usage Statistics

Library administrators at institutions with a current subscription will have access to COUNTER 5.0 compliant usage statistics on the APS server. Usage statistics conform to the Code of Practice developed by Project COUNTER. Library administrators can retrieve usages statistics or submit IP changes with an APS librarian portal account.

For assistance, please contact the APS Technical Help Desk at


Since January 1, 2018, APS has participated in SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) and has now signed an agreement with CERN to continue to include three of its world-leading journals in the third three-year phase of SCOAP3, which commences January 1, 2020. APS is extending its participation in SCOAP3 as a continuance of its commitment to open access, as adopted by APS Council in 2009.

This arrangement means high-energy physics (HEP) articles accepted by Physical Review Letters (PRL), Physical Review C (PRC), and Physical Review D (PRD) will be published open access, under a CC-BY license, and funded by SCOAP3, with no article publication charges (APCs) for authors.

SCOAP3 provides a route for high-energy physics authors to eliminate the financial barriers of disseminating their research in the rapidly expanding open access landscape. The SCOAP3 consortium includes over 3,000 libraries and research institutes. In the conventional model, libraries and other subscribers pay publishers for access to journal articles. Under the SCOAP3 system, the consortium collects funds directly from subscriber institutions and then makes payments to publishers based on the number of articles published as open access papers. This allows high-energy physics papers to be published open access at no direct cost to authors.

Institutional, consortia and multi-site subscribers to APS online packages and individual PRL, PRC, and PRD journals will receive an offset reduction to the cost of their annual online subscription. Please note that the 2020 offset reductions are lower, as a percentage of gross license costs, than those in 2018 and 2019, and may change in future years.

If you have any questions or concerns about your APS subscription, please contact

Interlibrary Loan Policy

Individual articles contained in the subscribed Licensed Materials may be supplied to another library for the purpose of research or private study and not for commercial use. For more information regarding this policy, please download the APS Institutional Single Site License and refer to section 5d.

APS Claims Policy

APS print journals and CD-ROMs are delivered via a trackable or verifiable delivery service domestically and internationally. Valid claims for journals or CD-ROMs undelivered or damaged in delivery will only be accepted within three months from the issue date. Claims for journals or CD-ROMs older than three months will not be honored. Issues may be claimed only once.

To file a claim for an issue, please provide the following information: subscribing institution name, APS account ID number, shipping address, and phone number of the institution along with the title, year, issue, and volume number of the journal. If the journal or CD-ROMs was received damaged, please also attach a clear photo of the cover and damages.

Qualifying claims for print journals or CD-DROMs delivered to a freight forwarding company, or consolidation warehouse will only be honored for the delivery to the primary destination. All deliveries to these locations use a trackable service with proof of delivery. For international shipments, APS is not responsible for duties, taxes, or delays due to customs inspections.

Invalid journal claims may be fulfilled via a single-copy journal issue purchase. Please contact the APS Subscription Service at with any additional questions or for single-copy purchase details.

APS Web Accessibility Statement

The American Physical Society (APS) is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

This website endeavors to comply with best practices and standards as defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.

APS will continue to monitor and test our website to provide our users with a website that strives to stay in compliance with the latest accessibility standards.

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template

This Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, or VPAT, is a tool that administrators and decision-makers can use to evaluate Canvas' conformance with the WCAG 2.0 standards. The most recent VPAT was completed in October 2019.

Portable Document Format

APS journal articles are produced in Portable Document Format (PDF). In order to improve viewing these files, please download the latest version of Abode Reader, which is available for free at the Adobe website. Alternative accessible formats also are provided, where possible, most commonly through an HTML file.

Contacting the Web Administrator

Please be aware that our efforts are ongoing. While we strive to have the website adhere to these guidelines and standards, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage, please contact the APS Technical Help Desk so that we may be of assistance.