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General Information

Welcome to the American Journal of Physics (AJP). AJP publishes papers that meet the needs and intellectual interests of college and university physics teachers and students. AJP was established in 1933 under the title the American Physics Teacher, which covers Volumes 1 through 7. The name was changed to the American Journal of Physics in 1940.

Audience and Mission

The mission of the American Journal of Physics (AJP) is to publish articles on the educational and cultural aspects of physics that are useful, interesting, and accessible to a diverse audience of physics students, educators, and researchers. Our audience generally reads outside their specialties to broaden their understanding of physics and to expand and enhance their pedagogical toolkits at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

See the AJP Statement of Editorial Policy for a complete description of the types of manuscripts that are appropriate for AJP.


AJP is a publication of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Members and nonmembers are welcome to submit manuscripts for publication; however, we strongly encourage authors to join AAPT for personal access to AAPT's journals and to receive other benefits. Membership supports the publication of AJP and other worthwhile endeavors of AAPT. Special rates are available for international members.

Journal Information

Additional information about AJP can be found at the editor’s website on the AAPT home page: This website includes detailed information for authors, reviewers, and readers.

Journal Impact Factor

2022 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate, 2023)*;

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Total Citations 9,382

* Data from the 2022 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate, 2023).

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