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
Reviews of Modern Physics
Physical Review A–E
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.

ISSNs and CODENs


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 that are for the sole use of the subscriber. APS does not allow IP sharing across multiple institutions or accounts. If an IP is submitted in conflict with a pre-existing IP address in the APS system, the institutions will be notified to resolve the conflict. Systematic or programmatic downloading via granted IP access is prohibited.

APS online subscribers are recognized and authorized by their Internet Protocol (IP) address. IP addresses and/or IP ranges for a licensee and its authorized users are specified in the institution’s signed license agreement. Librarians with an APS librarian portal account may also submit IP changes and corrections directly to APS.

The Licensee may access the subscribed Licensed Materials through IP addresses or IP ranges. Each computer accessing the Internet is assigned an IP address, commonly represented as four number groups separated by dots, e.g. 198.162.123.154. All computers on a local area network or subnet may have the first two or three number groups in common. Access to the subscribed Licensed Materials is authenticated and authorized through the IP addresses or IP ranges you provide.

To provide the most accurate usage statistics, APS does not allow IP sharing across multiple institutions or accounts. If an IP is submitted in conflict with a pre-existing IP address in the APS system, both institutions will be notified to resolve the conflict. Please consult your network administrator for accurate IP addresses/ranges.

You may submit up to ten IP addresses/or ranges for APS online access. APS will only accept IP ranges owned by or are for the sole use of the subscriber. 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. Systematic or programmatic downloading via granted IP access is prohibited.

If you require any assistance or if you use proxy servers, please contact the APS Technical Help Desk at help@aps.org.


Usage Statistics

Library administrators at institutions with a current subscription will have access to COUNTER 4.0 compliant usage statistics on the APS server. Usage statistics conform to the Code of Practice developed by Project COUNTER.


SCOAP3

Beginning January 1, 2018, APS is participating in the second phase of SCOAP3 to publish all high-energy physics papers in Physical Review Letters (PRL), Physical Review C (PRC), and Physical Review D (PRD) under a CC-BY license at no cost to their 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.

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.

If you have any questions or concerns about your APS subscription, please contact subs@aps.org.


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 are delivered via a trackable or verifiable delivery service domestically and internationally. Valid claims for journals undelivered or damaged in delivery will only be accepted up to three months from issue date. Claims for journals 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 was received damaged, please also attach a clear photo of the cover and damages.

Qualifying claims for print journals 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.

​Invalid journal claims may be fulfilled via a single copy journal issue purchase. Please contact the APS Subscription Service at subs@aps.org 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 January 2018.

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.