Working in physics, I recently discovered a mathematical identity useful to solve a partial differential equation. I have generalized the idea and found several other identities but I do not know yet whether they apply or not to other PDEs. These identities have, though, a physical interpretation and feature interesting symmetries. As it is not my research topic, I did not spend too much time on this work but still think it deserves to be published. I have tried to submit it (to J. Phys. A and J. Math. Phys.) and it was rejected by the editors without review. I have no more idea where it could be submitted and I would appreciate any suggestion. A previous version of the paper is accessible at http://arxiv.org/abs/1311.3140.

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    A slightly off-topic comment: I took a quick look at your posted pre-print. One reason that your paper may be a bit off-putting to a mathematics journal is that your exposition does not conform to the usual "Theorem - Proof" format of papers in mathematics. For lists of journals in mathematical physics, Google is perfectly capable of pulling up some sites such as this; you should feel free to ignore the "ranking information" and just use it as a list of "what journals are there". Dec 18, 2013 at 16:35

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Remember that J. Phys. A and J. Math. Phys. are quite top journals and they reject lots of reasonable papers not because they would be off-topic but because they are "not good enough for them" (whatever that means).

IMHO, if you feel that your identities are something completely new to the world of maths, you should find a reasonably good math journal, because they are likely interesting to math people as well. On the other hand, if you feel that the results are interesting only to (theoretical/mathematical) physicists, go for a journal in this branch.

I don't know any mathematical physics journals personally.

For math journals about identities/symmetries in PDEs, you can check the list of publications in MSC class 35B06. For the mathematical physics journals, I suggest trying to find the proper MSC class in the MSC catalog, there you can see which journals would be suitable.

  • Thank you for your answer. Unfortunately I do not have access to MSC. I should probably shift the question into the physics section of SE.
    – Tom-Tom
    Dec 17, 2013 at 15:24
  • Most of the universities have access to one of the good indexing databases (MSC, ISI WOK, Scopus), so you should be able to get there :)
    – yo'
    Dec 17, 2013 at 15:25

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