Physics and Astronomy

Explore library resources related to physics and astronomy.

Library Help

Questions about finding articles, books, or data? Or about printers, off-campus access, or Google Scholar? You can always contact me; all my contact information is to the left. Library information is also available 24x7 in the following ways.


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Physics and Astronomy Information Sources

Use these databases to find journal articles. Need more options? See database lists for Physics and Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Catalyst searches all the JHU libraries. If the book you want isn't available you have a few options:

  • ask Alan to purchase a copy for the library
  • request using BorrowDirect; you'll receive it within 4-5 business days
  • request through Interlibrary Loan; this could take a couple weeks

Preprint repositories allow researchers to share articles and reports of their research without going through the journal peer review process.

Conference proceedings can be found in a variety of databases.

Technical reports describe research done in response to a specific need and serve as a report of accountability to the funding agency. Funding agencies are often government agencies, but can also be private organizations as well.

A patent offers a monopoly on an invention for about 20 years depending on the country where the patent was issued. It gives the patent owner exclusive rights to exclude others from making or selling the invention described in the patent. Patents are useful for searching in order to identify new research fronts or licensing opportunities; avoid duplication of research effort. A patent contains valuable diagrams and detailed description that are often unpublished elsewhere.

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Top-Ranked Physics Journals

Following are the current top-ranked physics journals (InCites) by field.

If you'd like to see any other journals added, please just let me know and I will take care of it.

Top-Ranked Physics Journals
Field of Physics Journal Name and Link in BrowZine
Applied Physics

Advanced Materials

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Astrophysical Journal

Atomic, Molecular and Chemical

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

Condensed Matter

Physical Review B

Fluids and Plasmas

Physical Review E


Physical Review E


Physical Review Letters


Physics Letters B

Particles and Fields

Physical Review D