Word from Oxford

Physics is a scientific discipline with astounding breadth. Rooted in our desire to understand and explain the natural world, it explores the fundamental concepts of matter, space, time, energy, and the behavior of the universe – at every scale from the subatomic particle to the universe itself, and with applications in fields as diverse as cancer treatment, professional basketball, planetary exploration, and the design of television screens.

Oxford University Press has partnered with the American Institute of Physics to publish the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Physics, an expansive scholarly reference resource. Led by Editor in Chief Professor Brian Foster and the subject experts on our Advisory and Editorial Boards , the team is hard at work to continue laying the foundations for this exciting and ever-evolving project.

The ORE of Physics occupies a unique and valuable place within the overwhelming volume of online scientific content available to researchers and advanced students in physics and related disciplines. Through a comprehensive set of in-depth overview articles, the encyclopedia offers background and critical perspective for researchers in physics who are seeking an authoritative grounding in unfamiliar subjects. It merges the cutting-edge quality of a peer-reviewed scientific journal with encyclopedic scope and the dynamic nature of an updateable online publication. The ORE and its contents will continue to evolve alongside new developments in the field, and at every stage, it will be strengthened by the efforts of authors, reviewers, and editors from the global scholarly community.

Please check this site for updates and news about the project, and consider getting involved. We look forward to working with you!


Meghan Wright
Acquisitions Editor, Earth, Environmental, and Physical Sciences