Journal of Geometry and Physics

Editorial Policy

Last updating: 27.10.2003

Context

The area commonly called mathematical physics is naturally of interest for JGP but we wish to include also research in geometry which has interest for physicists and research in physics which has interest for geometers. In some technical papers, it may be possible to achieve the desired intercommunication by a well-written introduction.

Therefore, papers submitted to JGP will be evaluated with respect not only to their level, but also to their appropriateness to the aims of the Journal.

Mathematical and physical papers

It is well known that the rate of development and decline of theories is very different in mathematics as opposed to physics. Accordingly, the standard requirements of rigour, clarity and invention are also very different in the two areas.

We are certainly interested in publishing papers dealing with boundary and "hot" problems in both areas. On the other hand, we are also interested in publishing papers dealing with reflections on classical subjects, provided that they are of current or renewed interest. Our interest in mathematics is centred on geometry; since, geometry, intended as the mathematical language of invariants, is suitable to capture the fundamental laws of physics. JGP intends to foster the understanding, in geometric terms, of those fundamental aspects of physics which still resist this comprehension.

If a paper is basically mathematical, then we require the standard of rigour and clarity typical of this area, together with an appeal to physicists. If the paper is basically physical, we could accept sometimes less formality, provided that a sufficient effort is made to communicate to mathematicians.

Types of papers

JGP publishes research papers providing new definite results, papers dealing with discussions and pedagogical papers.

Thus, the Journal publishes papers of high scientific level, wide interest and stimulating the interaction between the two areas, which fit one or more of the following types:

  • original results in geometry or physics;
  • geometric reformulations of physical theories;
  • discussion on the possible applications of geometric theories to physics, or on geometric problems arising in physics;
  • review papers either dealing with specialized topics or interrelating different fields.
"Special papers", such as very technical papers dealing with limited specialized fields, review papers, pedagogical papers, etc., may be published up to a reasonable percentage of all papers published.

Length of papers

Due to space limitation, authors are kindly requested to avoid unnecessary length of the papers. The referees will be asked to evaluate whether the length of each paper is appropriate to its contents and importance.

Brief communications

JGP publishes also a section devoted to brief communications dealing with a definite result, fitting the aims and the scope of JGP. The length of such papers should be of about 2/3 printed pages, at most 4. The rules for preparation of manuscripts of brief communication are the same as for standard papers.

Evaluation of papers

Details of submitted papers are circulated to all Editors, some of whom may act as referees. Papers may be submitted for evaluation by more than one referee. Potential authors are recommended to consult the standard referee's response form before submitting their manuscript.

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