Vacuum is an international rapid publications journal with a focus on short communication. All papers are peer-reviewed, with the review process for short communication geared towards very fast turnaround times. The journal also published full research papers, thematic issues and selected papers from leading conferences.

A report in Vacuum should represent a major advance in an area that involves a controlled environment at pressures of one atmosphere or below.

The scope of the journal includes:
1. Vacuum; original developments in vacuum pumping and instrumentation, vacuum measurement, vacuum gas dynamics, gas-surface interactions, surface treatment for UHV applications and low outgassing, vacuum melting, sintering, and vacuum metrology. Technology and solutions for large-scale facilities (e.g., particle accelerators and fusion devices). New instrumentation ( e.g., detectors and electron microscopes).
2. Plasma science; advances in PVD, CVD, plasma-assisted CVD, ion sources, deposition processes and analysis.
3. Surface science; surface engineering, surface chemistry, surface analysis, crystal growth, ion-surface interactions and etching, nanometer-scale processing, surface modification.
4. Materials science; novel functional or structural materials. Metals, ceramics, and polymers. Experiments, simulations, and modelling for understanding structure-property relationships. Thin films and coatings. Nanostructures and ion implantation.

The aim of the short communications is to enable researchers to rapidly share their most exciting work with their colleagues. The expected time from submission to final decision is approximately 6.4 weeks.

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Editorial board


  • L.G. Hultman
    Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden


  • P. Eklund
    Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Associate Editors

  • O.B. Malyshev
    Sci-Tech Daresbury, Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom
  • P. Mayrhofer
    TU Wien University, Wien, Austria
  • L. Sabbatini
    University of Bari Department of Chemistry, Bari, Italy

Editorial Board Member

  • G. Abadias
    University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France
  • M. Anderle
    Autonomous Province of Trento, Trento, Italy
  • S. Baba
    Seikei University Faculty of Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan
  • K. Baba
    Nagasaki Prefecture Industrial Technology Center, Nagasaki, Japan
  • S. Baragetti
    University of Bergamo Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dalmine BG, Italy
  • L. Bardos
    Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • M. Bartosik
    TU Wien University, Wien, Austria
  • Filippo Berto PhD
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • H. Biederman
    Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • W. Dai
    Pennsylvania State University, University Park, United States
  • A. Dixit
    IIT Jodhpur Center for Solar Energy, Jodhpur, India
  • Y. Du
    Central South University, Changsha, China
  • R.G. Elliman
    Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • A. Erdemir
    Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois, United States
  • A. Goodyear
    The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • J.H. Huang
    National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • R.E. Hurley
    Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
  • A. Ignatiev
    University of Houston, Houston, Texas, United States
  • K. Jousten
    National Metrology Institute of Germany Berlin Branch, Berlin, Germany
  • D.S. Karpuzov
    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • R. Kersevan
    European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneve, Switzerland
  • S. Kodambaka
    University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • M.K. Lei
    Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China
  • K. Ludwig
    Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • R. Miles
    Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Y. K. Mishra PhD
    University of Southern Denmark, Mads Clausen Institute, NanoSYD, Sønderborg, Denmark
  • A.Z. Moshfegh
    Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • D. Music
    Malmo University Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, Malmö, Sweden
  • J. Musil
    University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Plzen, Czech Republic
  • V. Nagirnyi
    University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
  • H. Pedersen
    Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
  • I. Petrov
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Urbana, Illinois, United States
  • Hesam Pouraliakbar PhD
    Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
  • A. Prakash
    Renesas Electronics Corporation Tempe, Tempe, Arizona, United States
  • C. Rego
    Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • A. Rossi
    University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
  • Y. Saito
    High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation, Tsukuba, Japan
  • J.L. de Segovia
    Madrid Institute of Materials Science Department of Energy Environment and Health, Madrid, Spain
  • J. Šetina
    Institute of Metals and Technology, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • F. Sharipov
    Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil
  • L. Siller
    Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • C.Q. Sun
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
  • Y. Tanimoto
    High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation, Tsukuba, Japan
  • D. Valougeorgis
    University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
  • H. Wang
    Texas A&M University College Station, College Station, Texas, United States
  • M.S. Wong
    National Dong Hwa University - Meilun Campus, Hualien, Taiwan
  • V.E. Yurasova
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moskva, Russian Federation
  • W. Zheng
    Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin, China