Article Contest

jIAPS Article Contest 2023 is now closed.

Please continue to write articles and send them to us – you can either send them separately to the competitions for a chance to be featured on the IAPS Website, or you can enter them into next year’s Article Contest.

Do you love to write? Put your writing skills to the test for the chance to win a free place at ICPS 2023 Philippines! Your article will also be published in jIAPS 2023, the journal of IAPS. The runner-ups will receive certificates and a small prize. 

All you have to do is write a physics related article of 600-800 words. It could be about a particular physics experiment, a weird new (or old) theoretical concept, research at your department or even some research that you worked on yourself.

To improve your chances of winning, we recommend that you read the jIAPS Submission Guidelines. There is also the jIAPS Guide from 2019. Even if you don’t win the big prize, you still have the chance to have your article printed in jIAPS, or posted on the website.

Deadline: February 28th, 2023 March 15th, 2023

Email your entry to



  • Articles must be written in English and have between 600-800 words excluding references and figure captions.
  • Use Google Docs (preferred), Microsoft Word or LibreOffice. Don’t send LaTeX files.
  • You must also submit a PDF version of your article.


  • If you include equations, you cannot use more than three.
  • Equations must be written in LaTeX syntax (e.g. see this guide). If you are having problems with this let us know.



  • Reference to the figures in the text.
  • Send figures as separate files and provide a short caption.
  • Preferably use PNG or JPG files, up to 10 MB each.


  • Provide information about the author. Preferably includes name, IAPS NC/LC (if applicable), university and photograph, sent separately from the article.
  • You cannot submit more than one science article (you can submit as many non-science articles as you like – see below).
  • You must be a student of physics or a physics-related subject at university level (we may ask for proof).

Articles will be judged on how coherently the science story has been presented overall, artistic flair, and the ability to explain and communicate physical concepts in a way that the general public can understand. You will not be penalised for grammar (especially if English is not your native language). If you have any questions please let us know at

Non-scientific articles

If you were at an IAPS activity, we’d also like to receive your articles. They are not a part of the competition, but there is the chance for them to be published in print or online. The word limit is also 800 words.

Also, if you have an idea about an article that is not strictly about physics or an IAPS activity (e.g. science communication), but you still think is relevant, we’d love to hear from you – please just email us and we can discuss it with you.


The contest will not be held if we do not receive enough applications. jIAPS reserves the right to change the contest prizes if necessary.

jIAPS has the right to edit articles for publication in print and/or online.