Sep 8 – 12, 2019
Malmö, Sweden
Europe/Stockholm timezone

PRAB Special Edition

Refereed Publication of Papers from the “8th International Beam Instrumentation Conference - IBIC 2019”

Physical Review Accelerators and Beams (PRAB) is offering a Special Edition for the 8th International Beam Instrumentation Conference – IBIC 2019 – that will be held from 8-12 September, 2019, in Malmö, Sweden. This Special Edition offers the opportunity to expand upon original research presented at IBIC 2019 in a peer-reviewed journal.

Accepted papers, which relate to contributions of the IBIC 2019 conference, will be issued in a special edition of this journal. Please note that for this option:

  1. Authors must submit their manuscripts directly via the PRAB submission website.
  2. Papers will go through the standard independent refereeing process of PRAB.
  3. There is no deadline, but submission before 1 January 2020 is encouraged.
  4. The issuing of a Special Edition is subject to a minimum number of papers being accepted.


PRAB is a peer-reviewed, all-electronic journal published by the American Physical Society (APS). The all-electronic nature allows "Special Editions" while maintaining thorough peer review and timely publication. Articles based on IBIC 2019 contributions and submitted to PRAB will be reviewed through the normal refereeing procedure. If accepted for publication, they will be published as regular PRAB articles. Publication will be timely; articles will be published as soon as they are ready, without waiting for other papers presented at the conference to be published. In addition, a special IBIC 2019 Table of Contents will be created at the PRAB website with links to the published papers. It will be updated each time a paper related to IBIC 2019 is published.

In keeping with PRAB policy papers must contain either important new results in science and/or technology or review active areas of accelerator and particle beam research. Papers in the first category must contain new results. Confirmation of previously published results of unusual importance can be considered as new, as can significant null results. Review articles should review active areas of research in a form that is useful to both practitioners and people entering the field. Authors are asked to give considerable attention to the presentation of their material, making introductions accessible to intermediate graduate students and readers from other fields. The body of each paper should be economically and thoughtfully organized. Papers cannot be identical duplicates of work submitted for publication either to another journal or to another conference proceedings.

Material previously published, or submitted for publication, in a Letters journal or in a conference proceedings can be the basis of an article in the IBIC 2019 Special Edition provided the submitted manuscript presents more information, enabling the reader to obtain an improved understanding of the subject. Note that this does not require new physics results as compared to a conference submission, but it does require more details, discussion, etc.

More information about the PRAB editorial policies is available at

Contact Frank Zimmermann (, the PRAB Editor, if you have general questions related to the PRAB policies and Thomas Shea ( ), if you have particular questions regarding publishing your paper in the Conference Edition.

Authors should indicate that their paper is for the IBIC 2019 Special Edition, in the message accompanying submission to PRAB. Please see the guidelines for contributors here.

In previous years there have already been several PRAB conference editions. You may find the previous special editions at