Crystal Research and Technology

Cover image for Vol. 51 Issue 5

Editor: Wolfgang Neumann (Editor-in-Chief), Klaus-W. Benz (Consulting Editor)

Online ISSN: 1521-4079

Associated Title(s): physica status solidi (a), physica status solidi (b), physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters


Aim and scope

Crystal Research and Technology is an international journal devoted to the publication of research work in experimental, industrial and theoretical crystallography. Crystal Research and Technology invites manuscripts of review articles and original papers, as well as occasional book reviews. The journal will consider for publication manuscripts of reviews and original papers not yet published and not submitted for publication elsewhere in any medium of public nature, including electronic journals and computer databases. Book reviews must be discussed an with an editor before submission.

Crystal Research and Technology will primarily cover the following topics:
  • Crystal growth techniques and phenomena (including bulk growth and thin film)
  • Modern crystalline materials (e.g. smart materials, nanocrystals, quasicrystals and liquid crystals),
  • Industrial crystallisation,
  • Application of crystals in materials science, electronics, data storage and optics,
  • Experimental, simulation and theoretical studies of the structural properties of crystals,
  • Crystallographic computing,
  • Structure and efficiency of biologically-active substances.
The manuscript should fall within the scope of the Journal, and the motivation and relevance of the research must be clearly emphasized in the introduction section. Manuscripts should be well-conceived (in terms of novelty and formulation of aim of undertaking the study), well-organized (in terms of logic in selecting results for inclusion in a manuscript) and well-written (in terms of presentation of the contents and scientific ideas in a reasonably correct language).

Manuscripts describing minor extensions of previously published papers or describing routine growth methodologies of different compounds and their characterization by standard techniques are not appropriate for the journal and will not be considered for publication. Manuscripts, partly or entirely published elsewhere or submitted for publication elsewhere, and written in bad English will not be considered for publication.
When preparing and submitting their manuscripts to the journal, the authors should keep in mind the following key points:
  • Relevance and novelty (originality) of the contents of the manuscript should be emphasized.
  • There should be sound motivation for undertaking the study. It is not sufficient to mention that “so far as the authors are aware, the compound of the study has not been studies before”.
  • There must be sufficient discussion of the context of the work, and suitable referencing. In a manuscript it is not sufficient to present observations and results alone without explaining them against the background of the existing scientific literature.
  • Significant parts of the manuscript should not have already been published. Serial publications are discouraged and a follow-up paper must contain significant new material.
  • Expression and communication of ideas, readability and discussion of concepts should be clear.
  • The length of the manuscript should be appropriate for sufficient interest for the space required.
  • The manuscript should be submitted electronically.

Preparation of manuscripts

We strongly encourage authors to use the word document template the link to which may be found here:
Word document template

This template includes a full description covering the details of manuscript preparation formatted in the most current Crystal Research and Technology style. General guidelines for manuscript preparation are given below.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in English and authors should adhere to either British or American English.
  • Manuscripts prepared in the following formats and text processing programmes are accepted: MS-DOS or Macintosh, Word for Windows or Macintosh, Rich Text Format (rtf) and pure Text.
  • As a general guideline, texts of manuscripts should be one-sided, double-spaced, 2 cm overall margin (format A4 (21 cm x 29.7 cm). The length of a manuscript is limited to 15 pages plus 10 figures and/or tables for original papers, and 25 pages plus 15 figures and/or tables for reviews. All pages of the manuscript of a paper should be numbered consecutively. We strongly suggest using the template provided below.
  • The manuscript of a paper should be arranged as follows: title of the paper, author(s’) name(s) (initials followed by family name), complete address(es) of his/her(their) institution(s), a maximum of 6 keywords reflecting the contents of the paper, abstract, main text which includes figure captions and tables, acknowledgements, and references. Please include figure captions (not figures themselves) and tables in the main text as and when they are referred to in the text. Figures should be appended after the text separately.
  • The corresponding author of a paper, his phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address must be given as a footnote on the first page of the manuscript. The name of the corresponding author in the list of authors should be indicated with an asterisk (*).
  • Introduction section should be written in such a way that it reflects the current state of the subject and explains clearly why the study described in the manuscript was undertaken. While formulating the aim of the study against the background of the existing literature, the authors are advised not to confine themselves to the published papers of some colleagues and friends, thereby creating a pseudo-literature for referencing in future publications.
  • Conclusions should enumerate only the main findings (not experimental observations) of the study after presenting and discussing the observations. In the conclusions, the authors should state precisely and clearly what they have achieved after carrying out their study against the background of the set goal and whether the study has improved our understanding of the science of the phenomena and processes involved. Conclusions are not a summary of what the authors do and observe in a study.
  • In the text of a paper references should be cited by numbers in square brackets; for example, [1], [2?5], [2, 4, 8, 15]. In the list of References, they should be numbered and listed in the order they are cited in the main text. The list of references in References should be prepared according to the following style:
    [1] B. N. Roy and T. Wright, Cryst. Res. Technol. 31, 1039 (1996).
    [2] C. H. Yang, J. L. Li, and B. Wang, Cryst. Res. Technol. 39, 297 (2004).
    [3] C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, 8th Edition, Wiley, New York 2005.
    [4] C. Janot, Quasicrystals - A Primer, Clarendon Press, Oxford 1992.
    [5] K. Scheerschmidt and R. Gleichmann, in: Electron Microscopy in Solid State Physics, Eds. H. Bethge and J. Heydenreich, Elsevier, Amsterdam 1987, chap. 12, p. 289.
    Please avoid references to conferences and doctoral theses as they are not accessible to the average reader.

  • The authors should carefully select appropriate references for inclusion in the manuscript and should give due credit in the manuscript to relevant papers published previously by different authors. However, the number of relevant references should be restricted to the minimum because citation of too many does not improve the scientific quality of a manuscript.
  • Use symbol font for all Greek letters, while math mode for all mathematical equations and symbols. Do not use math mode for chemical symbols. For more information, see “Guidelines for symbols, units and equations”.
  • Figures and tables should be restricted to the minimum needed to clarify the text. Figure captions (not figures) and tables should be included in the main text of the manuscript. All figures (line drawings and photographs for half-tone reproduction) should be submitted on separate sheets.
  • All the figures must be in a form suitable for direct reproduction, and should be prepared in Postscript (ps or eps) or TIF-Format. Figures should preferably be submitted in full color, but should also be easily readable on a black/white printout.

Submission of manuscripts

Papers must be submitted via the Crystal Research and Technology manuscript submission site; see the journal homepage:
  • If you use the system for the first time, you need to click on the "Create Account" link.
    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past you will have had an account created. If you have forgotten your login details, enter your email address under "Password Help" on the Log In screen. You will receive an automatically generated e-mail, providing you with the details to access your personal site (login and password).
  • Once logged in, please click on "Author Center" and let the system guide you through the submission process. Online help is available at all times. It will be possible to exit and re-enter the system without losing any information at any stage of the submission process. All submissions are kept strictly confidential.
  • Authors can follow the progress of their manuscripts on their personal site. All manuscripts of the authors submitted to and all review reports written for Crystal Research and Technology are archived here. This author site should also be used to upload the revised and final versions of all manuscripts submitted to the journal.
Note that when multiple files are uploaded ("Main Document" and "Image"), the system generates a single PDF file. Very important: In the interest of fast and efficient refereeing and publication process, please make sure that your manuscript is prepared according to the guidelines given above. Manuscripts that are clearly inappropriate for the journal can be rejected without consulting referees. Manuscripts written in bad English are also likely to be rejected.
Following is a list detailing which documents must be submitted by the corresponding author.
New manuscripts
  • An appropriately prepared manuscript following the guidelines given above (see: Preparation of manuscripts).
  • A representative figure for the Table of Contents and a short text (fewer than 100 words) describing the main results in plain English. Please include these at the end of your manuscript.
  • A cover letter explaining novel features of the manuscript being submitted. Consider this a chance to place the paper within the appropriate context, and use it as an opportunity to convince the editor to send your paper out for review. Please avoid obvious statements such as “I want to publish the paper in your journal” or “I submit the paper...".
  • A list of at least 4 possible referees for the manuscript. However, the authors of manuscripts should keep in mind that the possible referees should not be from the country of origin of the manuscript, they should not be coauthors of papers previously published by the authors of the manuscript to be reviewed, they should be active in the area of the manuscript, and that they should not be members of the Editorial Board of Crystal Research and Technology. They may also indicate the names of persons that they do not want to serve as referees.
Revised manuscripts
  • A suitably revised manuscript with all introduced changes indicated in red or blue font.
  • A cover letter with list of main changes introduced in the manuscript.
  • A list of response to each of the comments made by the referees in their reports in the form comment/reply.

After acceptance

  • For final composition and printing of the manuscript a file in MS-Word-, rich text (rtf)- or pure text-format is required.
  • As a requirement of publication of your article, you must agree to the Conditions of Publication either during online submission or by signing a hard copy of the copyright transfer agreement after acceptance. Please send the filled Copyright Transfer Agreement to the Editorial Office by fax, mail or e-mail.
  • Page-proofs will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail in pdf-format. Proof reading should be limited to the correction of typographical errors. Deletions and insertions are not permitted in proof reading.
  • After publication the corresponding author will receive a high resolution PDF (300 dpi, not 72 dpi online version) for 50 hardcopies through e-mail. Whole issues, reprints (at least 50 copies) and PDFs for an unlimited number of hardcopies are available against payment.