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CrystEngComm is a Transformative Journal, and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 3.756*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 20.0 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 26.0 days***
Chair: Pierangelo Metrangolo
Indexed in Web of Science and Scopus
Open access publishing options available
CrystEngComm is the forum for the design and understanding of crystalline materials. We welcome studies on the investigation of molecular behaviour within crystals, control of nucleation and crystal growth, engineering of crystal structures, and construction of crystalline materials with tuneable properties and functions.
We publish hypothesis-driven research into…
how crystal design affects thermodynamics, phase transitional behaviours, polymorphism, morphology control, solid state reactivity (crystal-crystal solution-crystal, and gas-crystal reactions), optoelectronics, ferroelectric materials, non-linear optics, molecular and bulk magnetism, conductivity and quantum computing, catalysis, absorption and desorption, and mechanical properties.
Using Techniques and methods including…
Single crystal and powder X-ray, electron, and neutron diffraction, solid-state spectroscopy, spectrometry, and microscopy, modelling and data mining, and empirical, semi-empirical and ab-initio theoretical evaluations.
On crystalline and solid-state materials.
We particularly welcome work on MOFs, coordination polymers, nanocrystals, host-guest and multi-component molecular materials. We also accept work on peptides and liquid crystals.
All papers should involve the use or development of a design or optimisation strategy. Routine structural reports or crystal morphology descriptions, even when combined with an analysis of properties or potential applications, are generally considered to be outside the scope of the journal and are unlikely to be accepted.
Meet the team
Find out who is on the editorial and advisory boards for the CrystEngComm journal.
Pierangelo Metrangolo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Susan Bourne, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Christian Doonan, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Kwangyeol Lee, Korea University, Korea
C. Malla Reddy, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, India
Dongfeng Xue, Multiscale Crystal Materials Research Center, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, CAS, China
Editorial board members
Elena Boldyreva, Novosibirsk State University, Russia
Aurora Cruz-Cabeza, Durham University, UK
Susan Reutzel-Edens, The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, UK
Changquan Calvin Sun, University of Minnesota, USA
Bin Zhao, Nankai University, China
Christer Aakeroy, Kansas State University, USA
Srinivasulu Aitipamula, Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, Singapore
Alessia Bacchi, University of Parma, Italy
Rahul Banerjee, IISER Kolkata, India
Leonard Barbour, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Andrew Bond, University of Cambridge, UK
Paola Ceroni, University of Bologna, Italy
Deepak Chopra, IISER Bhopal, India
Jack Clegg, University of Queensland, Australia
Simon Coles, University of Southampton, UK
Richard Cooper, University of Oxford, UK
Franziska Emmerling, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, Germany
Paolo Falcaro, TU Graz, Austria
Omar Farha, Northwestern University, USA
Sylvie Ferlay, Institut Le Bel, France
Antonio Frontera, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
Georg Garnweitner, TU Braunschweig, Germany
David Harding, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand
Chris Hawes, University of Keele, UK
Delia Haynes, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Kristin Hutchins, Texas Tech University, USA
Christoph Janiak, University of Dusseldorf, Germany
Franca Jones, Curtin University, Australia
Bart Kahr, New York University, USA
Andrzej Katrusiak, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
Niveen Khashab, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
Jing Li, Rutgers University, USA
Tong-Bu Lu, Tianjin University of Technology, China
Chiara Maccato, Padova University, Italy
Leonard MacGillivray, University of Iowa, USA
Yuji Matsumoto, Tohoku University, Japan
Sharmarke Mohamed, Khalifa University, UAE
Abel Moreno, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Anja-Verena Mudring, Aarhus University, Denmark
Parthapratim Munshi, Shiv Nadar University, India
Ashwini Nangia, University of Hyderabad, India
Lars Öhrström, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Simon Parsons, University of Edinburgh, UK
Cynthia Pereira, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais- UFMG, Brazil
Concepcio Rovira, Institute Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona, Spain
Wei-Yin Sun, Nanjing University, China
Jennifer Swift, Georgetown University, USA
Edward R T Tiekink, Sunway University, Malaysia
Ali Trabolsi, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
Hongjie Zhang, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China
Sally Howells, Executive Editor
Mike Andrews, Deputy Editor, ORCID 0000-0003-3762-8523
Michelle Canning, Development Editor
Emily Cuffin-Munday, Development Editor
Susannah Davies, Editorial Production Manager
Debora Giovanelli, Publishing Editor
Helen Lunn, Publishing Editor
Samuel Oldknow, Publishing Editor
Kate Tustain, Publishing Editor
Daphne Houston, Editorial Assistant
Huw Hedges, Publishing Assistant
Jeanne Andres, Publisher
- Full papers
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.
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.
A CrystEngComm Highlight is a short article that highlights recent advances in a particular, rapidly-developing field. It should be an appraisal of the field looking at recent developments (either of the general literature, or more personal), identifying where challenges are still faced, and where further work is to be done. Highlights should appeal to the broad readership of CrystEngComm, be no more than 7000 words, and contain no previously unpublished results. Highlights undergo the same rigorous initial assessment and peer review process as primary research articles.
Highlights are normally invited by the Editorial Board and Editorial Office, however suggestions from authors are welcome and enquiries should be directed to the Editor at CrystEngCommemail@example.com.
CrystEngComm offers Comments and Replies as a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in the journal.
A Comment should present an alternative analysis of and/or new insight into the previously published material. Any Reply should further the discussion presented in the original article and the Comment. Comments and Replies that contain any form of personal attack are not suitable for publication.
Comments that are acceptable for publication will be forwarded to the authors of the work being discussed, and these authors will be given the opportunity to submit a Reply. The Comment and Reply will both be subject to rigorous peer review in consultation with the journal’s Editorial Board where appropriate. The Comment and Reply will be published together.
Journal specific guidelines
The journal's editorial policy is that the use of the words 'novel', 'new' and 'unprecedented' in article titles 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 (eg 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.
Open access publishing options
CrystEngComm is a hybrid (transformative) journal and gives authors the choice of publishing their research either via the traditional subscription-based model or instead by choosing our gold open access option. Find out more about our Transformative Journals. which are Plan S compliant.
Gold open access
For authors who want to publish their article gold open access, CrystEngComm charges an article processing charge (APC) of £2,500 (+ any applicable tax). Our APC is all-inclusive and makes your article freely available online immediately, permanently, and includes your choice of Creative Commons licence (CC BY or CC BY-NC) at no extra cost. It is not a submission charge, so you only pay if your article is accepted for publication.
Learn more about publishing open access.
Read & Publish
If your institution has a Read & Publish agreement in place with the Royal Society of Chemistry, APCs for gold open access publishing in CrystEngComm may already be covered.
Check if your institution is already part of our Read & Publish community.
Please use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript; this helps us to identify if you are eligible for Read & Publish or other APC discounts.
Traditional subscription model
Authors can also publish in CrystEngComm via the traditional subscription model without needing to pay an APC. Articles published via this route are available to institutions and individuals who subscribe to the journal. Our standard licence allows you to make the accepted manuscript of your article freely available after a 12-month embargo period. This is known as the green route to open access.
Researchers in industry and academia working in the following fields.
- Solid-state inorganic and organic chemistry
- Materials chemistry
- Crystal growth
- Crystal engineering
CrystEngComm is part of RSC Gold and Materials Science subscription packages
Online only 2023: ISSN 1466-8033 £1,349 / $2,003
*2021 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2022)
**The median time from submission to first decision including manuscripts rejected without peer review from the previous calendar year
***The median time from submission to first decision for peer-reviewed manuscripts rejected from the previous calendar year
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