ANNOUNCEMENT: Deadline extension for the Quantum Computing and Quantum Information Storage themed collection

New submission deadline 31 August 2020. We know that this is a very challenging time for everyone, for many different reasons. If you are interested in submitting but will struggle to meet this deadline let us know and we will work out an answer together. Contact the journal at

Due to the significant challenges being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we would like to inform you that we are extending the submission deadline for the themed collection – the new deadline for submissions is 31 August 2020.

When you are ready to do so you can submit your article through our online system and indicate where requested that your manuscript is for the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) themed collection on Quantum Computing and Quantum Information Storage, with Guest Editors:

John Doyle
Harvard University, USA
Anna Krylov (Associate Editor, PCCP)
University of Southern California, USA
Kang-Kuen Ni
Harvard University, USA


Quantum computing and information storage promise to revolutionize our information technology. Some basic theory of quantum computing has been established over the past two decades and researchers are on the cusp of quantum supremacy for truly useful systems. Yet, for quantum computing to become a reality we need to find a practical physical platform for realizing qubits with enough fidelity and depth to solve important problems. At present it is not clear what platform will succeed at this.

Molecules are a relative newcomer to the field (apart from the initial molecular NMR qubits that energized the field), but the power of such systems is easy to recognize with a myriad of internal quantum states and dipole coupling for quantum processing. The key goals are the ability to prepare, control, manipulate, and interrogate specific quantum states of interacting qubits, control their interactions and thus program an array of qubits. The current status quo in this field is reminiscent of the dawn of the first quantum revolution (which brought us GPS, MRI, and other amazing technologies): fundamental physics tells us that there are grounds for a powerful and transformative technology and informs us of what needs to be done to realize it, but the actual work and, consequently, the success of the entire endeavour is in the hands of scientists, who must find the right platform for qubits and the right physical tools to control them.

This topical collection will highlight physical chemistry/chemical physics aspects of quantum computing and quantum information storage and will welcome contributions from experimental and theoretical communities working on atomic, molecular, and optical aspects of emerging quantum information technology. Contributions focusing on application of quantum computing to physical problems are also welcome.

We welcome contributions of articles for this the collection including Communications, Full Papers and Perspectives. Please see our Author Guidelines for further information.

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript but are facing issues with the deadline or other aspects of the publishing process due to COVID-19, please get in touch to discuss options with the Editorial Office.

Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2020

Articles can be submitted via our website: Please mention on submission that your manuscript is intended for this themed collection.

All articles will be subject to our fair and impartial peer-review process in the normal way. Accepted articles will be published online in a citeable form as soon as they are ready.

Please contact the Editorial Office with any questions you may have.

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