Aims & Scope

PIER Journals are a family of journals supported by the PhotonIcs and Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS), which has become a major symposium in the area related to photonics and electromagnetics. The scope includes all aspects of electromagnetic theory plus its wide-ranging applications. Hence, it includes topics motivated by mathematics, sciences as well as topics inspired by advanced technologies.  The spectrum ranges from very low frequencies to ultra-violet frequencies.  The length scale spans from nanometer length scale to kilometer length scale.   The physics covers the classical regime as well as the quantum regime.

Sample topics are fundamental issues associated with classical and quantum electromagnetics/optics.  These could include research topics in photonics, plasmonics, metamaterials, new antenna designs, advanced microwaves, and computational electromagnetics.  We welcome advanced applications related to electromagnetic interference/compatibility, scattering and inverse scattering, remote sensing and random media, novel radars, advanced imaging, materials, and all other modern developments.  Cross-disciplinary research linking with math, science, and computational science such as machine learning are also welcomed.

All PIER journals publish peer-reviewed and original articles on all aspects of electromagnetic theories and technologies.  PIER primarily publishes high quality and high impact articles on hot topics. PIER B publishes comprehensive and tutorial review articles. PIER C publishes papers on circuits, wireless communications, and other topics related electromagnetics technologies. PIER M publishes papers on methods and measurements of electromagnetics, and related topics. PIER Letters publishes succinct original articles on the frontiers of electromagnetics, and related math and science papers.

PIER has been first published as a monograph series on Electromagnetic Waves in 1989. PIER B, PIER C, PIER M and PIER Letters are online open accessed journals since 2008. All PIER journals are openly accessible (open access) via the Internet.

To expedite the journal process, the authors are suggested to choose the topic(s) of manuscripts from the following list.

SC1. Computational Electromagnetics, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Scattering and Electromagnetic Theory

  • Electromagnetic theory
  • Computational electromagnetics, hybrid methods
  • Spectra, time, and frequency domain techniques
  • Fast iteration, large scale and parallel computation
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Scattering and diffraction
  • Quantum electromagnetics/electrodynamics, computing and information

SC 2. Metamaterials, Plasmonics and Complex Media

  • Metamaterials
  • Plasmonics
  • Biological media, composite and random media
  • Plasmas, nonlinear media, fractal, chiral media
  • Constitutive relations and bianisotropic media
  • Moving media, relativity, field quantization
  • Topological electromagnetics

SC 3. Optics and Photonics

  • THz technology
  • Quantum optics/electromagnetics
  • Microwave photonics
  • Biophotonics
  • Nanophotonics
  • Advanced photonic materials
  • Optical sensors and environmental monitoring
  • Novel optical fibers and fiber-based devices
  • Optoelectronic devices and integration
  • Optical and wireless networking
  • Light emitting and lasing
  • Light harvesting, photovoltaics, optoelectronics in energy
  • Coherent optics, ultrafast optics
  • Nano-optics

SC 4. Antennas and Microwave Technologies

  • Antenna theory and radiation
  • Microstrip and printed antenna
  • MIMO antenna
  • 5G antenna
  • Antenna array
  • Phase array
  • Transmission lines
  • Waveguide discontinuities
  • Resonators and Filters
  • Interconnects, packaging
  • Microwave and millimeter wave circuits and devices, CAD
  • Wireless power transfer and harvesting
  • Systems and components
  • RF and wireless communication, multipath
  • Nano-antennas

SC 5. Remote Sensing, Inverse Problems, Imaging, Radar and Sensing

  • Precision airport landing systems, GPS
  • Radar sounding of atmosphere, ionospheric propagation
  • Microwave remote sensing and polarimetry, SAR
  • Subsurface imaging and detection technology, GPR
  • Active and passive remote sensing systems
  • Electromagnetic signal processing and machine learning
  • Rough surface scattering and volume scattering
  • Remote sensing of the earth, ocean, and atmosphere
  • Inverse scattering
  • Quantum sensing/imaging


  • Electromagnetics with artificial intelligence
  • Power electronics
  • Superconducting devices
  • Magnetic levitation, transportation and collision avoidance
  • Medical electromagnetics, biological effects, bioimaging
  • Nano scale electromagnetics, MEMS