about Acta Crystallographica Section A

Distribution of articles

In the last year, authors from 29 different countries published in the journal, the top five being the USA, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and France.

Aims and scope

Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances publishes articles reporting advances in the theory and practice 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 time-resolved XFEL studies, cryo-EM, tomography, small-angle scattering, coherent scattering, diffraction imaging, and the structure of strain and defects in materials.

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. Further details are given in the November 2013 Editorial.

The central themes of the journal are, on the one hand, experimental and theoretical studies of the properties and arrangements of atoms, ions and molecules in condensed matter, periodic, quasiperiodic or amorphous, ideal or real, and, on the other, the theoretical and experimental aspects of the various methods to determine these properties and arrangements.

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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

2019 JCR data

Impact factor: 1.96
5-year impact factor: 3.131
Total cites: 11663
Immediacy index: 0.77
Cited half-life: 16.6

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: 0.00315
Article influence® score: 0.908

Scopus metrics

CiteScore: 2.6

2019 journal statistics

Downloads: 1707901
Number of submissions: 115
Acceptance rate: 62%
Average publication time: 6.1 months
Number of articles published: 88
Number of pages: 918

Peer review

Peer review process
Peer review: yes
Review process: single-blind
Number of reviews requested: 274
Number of reviews received: 160

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 1400 (from USD 1600 for 2021); click here for more details

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  • Online manuscript submission, ease of submission
  • WORD and LaTeX templates available
  • Online tools to help prepare papers
  • Tool available for preparing enhanced figures
  • 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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