About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Journal of large-scale research facilities (JLSRF) publishes articles describing large-scale scientific equipment. This covers large-scale equipment from all scientific disciplines that is intended to be used by scientists who are not affiliated to the institution operating the facilities (dedicated user operation). If appropriate, individual subunits of a large-scale research facility, such as the different detectors at a particle accelerator, can also be described separately.

The articles in JLSRF provide scientists with a simple means to reference large-scale facilities in their publications. In their terms of use, operators of large-scale equipment can refer to the respective article in JLSRF.

All articles are published in the name of the operating institution (corporate author) and not by an individual author. This prevents "automatic" personal citations. Contact details for at least one contact for the respective equipment are given in all articles.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Submission of an article authorizes Forschungszentrum Jülich to publish the accepted version of the article under a CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons Licence Creative Commons-Lizenz (CC-BY 4.0). Neither submission fees nor article processing charges are involved.

Publication process

Publications can be submitted in Open Document Format (ODF), in Rich Text Format (RTF), as a Microsoft Word file (doc or docx), and as a LaTeX file (tex). Templates (LaTeX/Word) are available to create the files. Please upload all files related to LaTeX as ZIP archive.

Publications can be submitted to the journal or, if applicable, to the local editor. For the first two options, please mention the local reviewer during the initial submission (comment). It is then checked whether the publication fulfils the criteria (review). The article is prepared in accordance with the journal's layout and sent to the author and the reviewer for approval. If necessary, an additional review is performed. After final approval, the article is published in the "Current" section.

Reviewer Board

It is envisaged that institutions operating several large-scale facilities will have a contact functioning as the local reviewer.


More than one article might exist for a large-scale research facility because equipment and setup change over time. These articles have the same DOI prefix but different suffixes. The prefix represents the research facility and the suffixes reflect the version. The DOI of the original article has no suffix; subsequent versions have a serial number as suffix. For instance, the original article describing a large-scale research facility has the assigned DOI 10.9999/example-doi; the subsequent versions maintain this prefix and have the DOIs 10.9999/example-doi-1, 10.9999/example-doi-2, 10.9999/example-doi-3 etcetera. It is, moreover, possible to update an article with smaller changes, e.g., by changing the contact data, while retaining the DOI. To obtain the correct DOI prefix, please refer to the previous versions and DOIs of the article in the "Comments for the Editor".

Proposed citation

JLSRF articles should be cited using the institute affiliation as author.

Examples in APA Citation Style:

Jülich Supercomputing Centre. (2015). JUQUEEN: IBM Blue Gene/Q Supercomputer System at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre. Journal of large-scale research facilities, 1, A1. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-1-18

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum. (2015). NECTAR: radiography and tomography station using fission neutrons. Journal of large-scale research facilities, 1, A19. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-1-45

Affiliation. (year). Title. Journal of large-scale research facilities, Volume, Article Number. DOI link

The instrument affiliation is included in each article ("Cite as" footnote on the first page of the PDF).

Journal Archiving

The digital archiving is provided by the German National Library.

Indexing and machine readability

JLSRF is indexed by OpenAIRE, BASE, DNB, DOAJ and Science Open. The article data of JLSRF can be harvested via OAI-PMH. The JLSRF interface is free to use. JLSRF is featured on SHERPA/RoMEO and QOAM.