jIAPS Article Contest

Do you love to write? Or perhaps it’s something you always wanted to try but never got around to? Well, this is the perfect opportunity: put your writing skills to the test for the chance to win a free place at ICPS 2020, in the beautiful city of Puebla! Your article will also be published in the journal of IAPS: jIAPS.

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

To improve your chances of winning, we strongly recommend that you read this jIAPS Guide. 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. So there’s nothing to lose!

For the chance to win a place at ICPS 2020 (undoubtedly the best conference in the world), you must email your submission to us by the deadline: August 15th, 2021.


  • Text
    • Must be written in English and 600-800 words, excluding references and figure captions.
    • Must either be a link to a Google Doc, or a MS Word/OpenOffice/LibreOffice etc. file (no LaTeX files).
    • Do not use columns. We want a single columned document, with no figures (these must be emailed separately). You may use headings to separate your text.
    • You must also submit a PDF version of your article.
  • Equations
    • If you include equations, you cannot use more than three.
    • Equations must be written in LaTeX syntax (e.g. see page 23). If you are having problems with this let us know.
  • References
  • Figure(s)
    • You must submit at least one figure, but no more than three.
    • You must reference to the figure in the text.
    • The figure(s) must either be in jpg or png format, and be submitted as separate files to the text.
    • The figure(s) cannot be larger than 2 MB each.
  • 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 (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 could understand. You will not be penalised for grammar (especially if English is not your native language).

Send your article (in both text and PDF form) and images to jiaps@iaps.info and grants@iaps.info before midnight on 16th February 2020 in order to be considered for the competition.

If you have any questions please let us know at jiaps@iaps.info.

In order to be guaranteed the grant, the winning student must attend the conference for the whole duration of the event, including the Annual General Meeting, and any possible workshops.


The contest will not be held if we do not receive enough applications.

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

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 (for example, physics communication, or equality and diversity in physics), but you still think is relevant, please email us; we would love to discuss it with you to see if we could publish it.