about Acta Crystallographica Section A

Distribution of articles

In the last year, authors from 26 different countries published in the journal, the top five being the USA, Germany, Russia, France and Poland.

Aims and scope

Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances publishes articles reporting advances in the practice and theory of all areas of structural science in the broadest sense. As well as traditional crystallography, this includes nanocrystals, metacrystals, amorphous materials and quasicrystals. It also covers electron crystallography, diffuse scattering, pair distribution function studies, time-resolved XFEL studies, cryo-EM, tomography, small-angle scattering, coherent scattering, diffraction imaging, and the structure of strain and defects in materials. Contributions on advances in analysis tools that are foundational to crystallography, including descriptions and applications of methods, algorithms and software, and the use of emerging computational approaches such as artificial intelligence and machine learning as applied to structural science, are also welcome.

The journal has two parts, a rapid-publication Advances section and the traditional Foundations section. Articles for the Advances section are of particularly high value and impact. They receive expedited treatment and may be highlighted by an accompanying scientific commentary article and a press release.

The central themes of the journal are studies of the properties and arrangements of atoms, ions and molecules in condensed matter, and the experimental, computational and theoretical methods that form the basis for such studies. Priority is given to articles that clearly describe the significance of the work to as wide a structural science readership as possible.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Journal identifiers

Title: Acta Crystallographica Section A
Subtitle: Foundations and Advances
Abbreviated title: Acta Cryst. A
ISSN: 2053-2733
CODEN: ACSAD7
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1107/S20532733

Citation and statistical information

Impact factor history

2020 JCR data

Impact factor: 2.29
Journal citation indicator: 0.61
5-year impact factor: 3.28
Total cites: 12059
Immediacy index: 0.71
Cited half-life: 21.2

Journal citation distribution

The citation distributions are for citations made in 2019 and 2018. For more information, see http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/09/11/062109.

Eigenfactor® metrics

Eigenfactor® score: 0.00299
Article influence® score: 1.008

Scopus metrics

CiteScore: 2.6

2020 journal statistics

Downloads: 1364108
Number of submissions: 94
Acceptance rate: 62%
Average publication time: 6.2 months
Number of articles published: 79
Number of pages: 783

Peer review

Peer review process
Peer review: yes
Review process: single-blind
Number of reviews requested: 288
Number of reviews received: 137

Open access

Journal policy: the journal operates a hybrid open-access policy; transformative arrangements are available
Open-access licence: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY)

Publishing costs

Submission fees: none
Page charges: none
Colour charges: none
Open-access option: the open-access fee is from USD 1600; click here for more details

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  • WORD and LaTeX templates available
  • Online tools to help prepare papers
  • Quality technical editing
  • Supporting information can be published
  • Online status check facility
  • Article publicity
  • Download, citation and altmetrics statistics available

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Diversity and inclusion

We affirm that all aspects of the publication process, as well as the research undertaken in support of publication, should be conducted in such a way as to maximize inclusion and diversity in all its forms, wherever possible.



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