Nav: Home

Celebrating a high performing new journal in quantum information

June 15, 2017

UNSW Sydney is proud of the early publication performance, influence and reach of its Nature Partner Journal npj Quantum Information, from advancing discovery to affecting public discourse.

At a time of the year when the Journal Citation ReportsTM are published, UNSW sees npj Quantum Information's inaugural Impact Factor in the context of a variety of journal-based metrics that provide a richer view of the journal's performance.

For 2016, the range of performance metrics, which are made available on the journal website, include:
  • 2-year Impact Factor: 9.111
  • Immediacy Index: 1.560
  • Eigenfactor® score: 0.00060
  • Article Influence Score: 4.617

By making available a range of article-level metrics including social media shares, we wish, with our partner publisher Springer Nature, to encourage the shift toward assessment based on the scientific content of an article rather than solely on publication metrics of the journal in which it was published.

This promotes both responsible authorship practices and the provision of information about the specific contributions of each author.

The journal, npj Quantum Information (npjQI), covers a wide range of topics from quantum computing to quantum communications and quantum cryptography. It was also the first Nature Partner Journal to be based in Australia. npjQI Editor-in-Chief and UNSW Sydney quantum scientist Professor Michelle Simmons said: "The field of quantum information is growing very rapidly, and there has been a need for a high quality journal in this space." "The success of the journal is a testament to our phenomenal editorial and advisory boards, to our hard-working community of referees and to all the brilliant quantum researchers who have submitted manuscripts to us."

UNSW Dean of Science Professor Emma Johnston said: "UNSW leads the world in the race to build a quantum computer in silicon, and is also proud to be a leader in the global sharing of knowledge in this rapidly evolving field."

UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Nicholas Fisk was equally enthusiastic, highlighting: "This is a fantastic performance for a new journal - testimony not only to this exponentially advancing field, but also to the vision and leadership of Professor Simmons and her editorial team."

Professor Simmons is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T), and Scientia Professor of Science at UNSW. As a pioneer in quantum computing, she was recently awarded the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology for work in 'the new field of atomic-electronics, which she created'.

The open access publication was launched by then Minister for Education Christopher Pyne and the first articles were published in October 2015.

Some of the most viewed and shared npjQI papers to date include:
  • Majorana zero modes and topological quantum computation
  • Demonstration of a quantum advantage in machine learning
  • Quantum algorithms: an overview
  • Building logical qubits in a superconducting quantum computing system
  • Quantum sampling problems, BosonSampling and quantum supremacy
  • Energy efficient quantum computing
Media contacts:

Prof Michelle Simmons | npjQI Editor-in-Chief | +612 9385 6313 |

Deborah Smith | UNSW Science media officer | +61 478 492 060 |

Kristin O'Connell | CQC2T Communications Officer | +61 413 261 362 |

npjQI Launch: and

University of New South Wales

Related Quantum Computing Articles:

'Valley states' in this 2D material could potentially be used for quantum computing
New research on 2-dimensional tungsten disulfide (WS2) could open the door to advances in quantum computing.
Sound of the future: A new analog to quantum computing
In a paper published in Nature Research's journal, Communications Physics, researchers in the University of Arizona Department of Materials Science and Engineering have demonstrated the possibility for acoustic waves in a classical environment to do the work of quantum information processing without the time limitations and fragility.
Imaging of exotic quantum particles as building blocks for quantum computing
Researchers have imaged an exotic quantum particle -- called a Majorana fermion -- that can be used as a building block for future qubits and eventually the realization of quantum computers.
Virginia Tech researchers lead breakthrough in quantum computing
A team of Virginia Tech chemistry and physics researchers have advanced quantum simulation by devising an algorithm that can more efficiently calculate the properties of molecules on a noisy quantum computer.
Limitation exposed in promising quantum computing material
Physicists have theorized that a new type of material, called a three-dimensional (3-D) topological insulator (TI), could be a candidate to create qubits for quantum computing due to its special properties.
More Quantum Computing News and Quantum Computing Current Events

Best Science Podcasts 2019

We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2019. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
Now Playing: TED Radio Hour

Rethinking Anger
Anger is universal and complex: it can be quiet, festering, justified, vengeful, and destructive. This hour, TED speakers explore the many sides of anger, why we need it, and who's allowed to feel it. Guests include psychologists Ryan Martin and Russell Kolts, writer Soraya Chemaly, former talk radio host Lisa Fritsch, and business professor Dan Moshavi.
Now Playing: Science for the People

#537 Science Journalism, Hold the Hype
Everyone's seen a piece of science getting over-exaggerated in the media. Most people would be quick to blame journalists and big media for getting in wrong. In many cases, you'd be right. But there's other sources of hype in science journalism. and one of them can be found in the humble, and little-known press release. We're talking with Chris Chambers about doing science about science journalism, and where the hype creeps in. Related links: The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study Claims of causality in health news: a randomised trial This...