1.0 Scope and standards
CrystEngComm is an international journal for the publication of original research concerned with all areas of crystal engineering. The use of electronic media for all stages in the publication process leads to rapid publication times, and the enhanced presentation of the research presented. All contributions are judged on the originality and quality of scientific content. Thus, articles reporting results which would be routinely predicted or result from application of standard procedures or techniques are unlikely to prove acceptable in the absence of other attributes which themselves make publication desirable. Acceptance of a contribution for Chemical Communications or as a CrystEngComm Communication does not guarantee that the corresponding full paper will be accepted for CrystEngComm; although publication of a full account is strongly encouraged, its acceptability will depend on whether or not it contains significant new details, new interpretations or new results. Topics covered include:
- Properties: Thermodynamics, phase transitional behaviours, polymorphism, solid state reactivity, optoelectronics, NLO, molecular and bulk magnetism, conductivity and super conductivity, absorption and desorption, mechanical.
- Target crystals/materials: Ionic, molecular, covalent and coordination solids, coordination polymers, hydrogen-bonded solids, intermolecular interactions, biominerals and biomimetic materials, synthetic zeolites, liquid crystals, nanocrystals, nano- and meso-porous crystals, channelled structures.
- Techniques: Single crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction, powder diffraction, solid state spectroscopy (IR, Raman, NMR etc.), calorimetry and thermogravimetry.
- Methods: Modelling and data mining, as well as empirical, semi-empirical and ab-initio theoretical evaluation of solids and of intermolecular interactions.
- Crystallisation/Nucleation: Crystal growth, morphology of crystals, solution phase studies of intermolecular interactions, controlling crystal growth, amorphous solids
2.0 Article types
Preliminary accounts of original and significant work of such importance or novelty that rapid publication is justified may be published in Communication form. Authors should provide in a covering letter a justification as to why they feel that publication of their work as a Communication is warranted. The recommended length is four PDF journal pages, however some flexibility is allowed. Full Papers based upon Communications are welcome, provided that they represent a substantial amplification and extension of the original material.
2.2 Full papers
Full Papers contain original scientific work that has not been published previously. However, work that has been published previously in a short form such as a CrystEngComm Communication is normally acceptable, provided that it represents a substantial amplification and extension of the original material. There are no restrictions on the length of a paper.
CrystEngComm Highlights are normally published by invitation of the Editorial Board. However, suggestions from authors are welcome and enquiries regarding the submission of CrystEngComm Highlights should be directed to the Editor. Highlights should be long enough to allow the authors to make their principal points - but no longer. The more effectively these are made, and the more accessible the article, the better. The old adage that 'one picture is worth a thousand words' is particularly appropriate in an electronic medium.
A CrystEngComm Letter is a medium for the expression of scientific opinions and views normally concerning material published in CrystEngComm or other RSC journals. It is intended that contributions in this format should be published rapidly. CrystEngComm Letters are for scientific discussion, and are not intended to compete with media for the publication of more general matters such as Chemistry World, or for revision/updating authors' own work. Letters should rarely exceed one PDF journal page in length (about 3 pages of typescript) and should contain no more than 5 references. Where a Letter is polemical in nature, and if it is accepted, a Reply will be solicited from other parties implicated, for consideration for publication alongside the original Letter.
3.0 Article titles
The journal's editorial policy is that the use of the words 'novel', 'new' and 'unprecedented' should not, in general, be used, unless the work described in the article is of significant impact.
In addition, for articles which describe the synthesis or applications of crystals on the nano- or micro-scale, authors should only use descriptive terms that are widely accepted in the literature (e.g. nanocrystal, nanostructure, nanoparticle, nanowire, nanotube, nanosphere, nanorod), to aid article discoverability via, for example, online searches. In addition, morphology descriptors such as 'flower-like' and other similar terms should not be included in the article title.