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EPJ Quantum Technology: Special Issue on Quantum Industry


This article collection on “Quantum Industry” is perhaps the first of this kind and aims at bringing together all the main players involved in the process of transferring quantum technologies into a mature quantum industry. The goal is to foster the dialogue among all parties, to discuss potential common issues at an early stage, to remove possible pitfalls and speed up the process overall. It is intended to be a little stepping stone on the path to a successful quantum economy.

The article collection addresses various aspects of the process such as use cases and technology roadmaps, industry challenges, and experiences of cooperation projects between academia and industry, just to mention a few. It is open to publish also scientific descriptions of the “insides” of startups or new products or components.

Round table interviews with invited experts will discuss several topics, such as the needed competencies of future quantum engineers, standardization, comparisons of different approaches to quantum computing.

All the contributions have to be accessible to a wide audience and will be scrutinized based on the scientific content. It may be useful for authors to write them as if they should present them at plenary talks of conferences.

In particular authors from the industry, from startups and applied research organizations, but also from academia, are invited to submit contributions that fit to the mission laid out above

We invite you to submit articles for this special issue. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Use cases: what can quantum technologies be used for?
  • Industry challenges (scientific/technological) addressed to academia
  • Technology roadmaps
  • Scientific introduction of startups
  • Scientific presentation of quantum technologies products and components
  • Projects reports of academia/industry cooperation’s
  • Success stories for QT: economically relevant application of QT, industrialization, cooperation academia/industry
  • “Round table interviews”. Experts discuss pros and cons of technologies etc.
  • comparison of different qc implementation technologies
  • When does standardization help?
  • What is missing in the supply chain?
  • Basic competencies of future quantum engineers


Please refer to the journal’s Submission Guidelines for the preparation of the manuscript.
Important: upon submission select the article type (i.e. Research, Commentary, Review, Letter) and the special issue in the Additional Information step.
The guest editor together with the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Kai Bongs (University of Birmingham), will oversee the editorial process. Accepted articles are published Open Access and automatically assigned to a volume and issue after the proofs are corrected. They will be accessible through the regular volume and issue, as well as collected online under their specific special issue tab. This allows not waiting to collect all articles before publishing the special issue, but they appear on the fly (no need to wait for the deadline!).

Submissions are accepted from now until 31 August 2021.

Guest editor: Dr. Thomas Strohm
(Coordinator of Quantum Technologies at Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany)

EPJ Quantum Technology is indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) database, one of the major databases of the Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) Web of Science, and has been accepted for indexing in Scopus. Its Impact Factor 2019 is 3.0

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