“Physicists are drowning in a flood of research papers in their own fields and coping with an even larger deluge in other areas of physics. The Physical Review journals alone published over 18,000 papers last year. How can an active researcher stay informed about the most important developments in physics?”
Yeah good question. By reading blogs maybe? ;-)
Either way, they offer three types of articles:
- “Viewpoints” are essays of approximately 1000–1500 words that focus on a single Physical Review paper or PRL letter and put this work into broader context.
- “Trends” are concise review articles (3000–4000 words in length) that survey a particular area and look for interesting developments in that field.
- “Synopses” (200 words) are staff-written distillations of interesting and important papers each week.
In addition, they intend to publish selected letters to the editor to allow readers a chance to comment on the commentaries and summaries.
My comment is that they've correctly identified the need to filter a vast amount of information in a sensible way, I welcome the effort very much and wish them good luck. They should do something about the title though, it's absolutely ungoogleable.