Sprouse G. Editorial: Redefining length. Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research 2011;7(020001)
Authors often work hard to maximize the material presented within the constraints of the printed page, and this leads to frustration especially during the proof stage and, much important, to compromises that can be detrimental to the research itself. The APS Editor in Chief announces that in a effort to streamline the calculation of length, the APS journals will no longer use the printed page as the determining factor for length. Instead the journals will use word counts to determine length. This new method will be easier for authors to calculate in advance, keeping the quality of concise communication that is a virtue of letters and short papers.
Thanks to John Glen