Information for Authors
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Crystal Growth & Design features a different image on the cover of each issue. See Guidelines for Submitting Cover Art below.
Remember to include a Table of Contents (TOC) graphic suggestion and synopsis with your manuscript.
Authors are encouraged to use the Document Templates below for preparing manuscripts for submission as well as for preparing final, accepted manuscripts.
See also How to Submit a Manuscript for complete information on acceptable software, preparing and submitting manuscripts using TeX/LaTeX, correct preparation of graphics, etc.
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Guidelines for Submitting Cover Art
Crystal Growth & Design features a different image on the cover of each issue. The cover art image is usually related to work that is published in that particular issue of the journal. Authors are encouraged to submit images to be considered for use on future covers at the time of their initial submissions.
Images to be considered for the cover should be submitted as an electronic file in TIFF format with a resolution of at least 300 DPI. Hardcopies of the images also can be submitted to help match the colors in the electronic file. Original, unpublished images are encouraged. If the image has been previously published, please include a signed permission form from the publisher to reprint the image in all media formats (print and electronic). Along with your submission of cover art, include the name of the person who created the image and a brief description of the image.
For more information about submitting cover art, see Digital Image Guidelines for Journal Cover Graphics [PDF].
Submitting X-ray Crystallographic Data
Authors are required to submit Crystallographic Information Files (CIFs), structure factor tables, and CheckCIF reports for all new, unpublished organic, metal-organic, and inorganic structures to the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) prior to manuscript submission. Note that CIFs may be used for reviewing purposes, and significant delays in the peer review process can occur if CIFs are not submitted in advance.
In addition, authors are required to upload the checkCIF output files (combined into one PDF file) as Supporting Information for Review Only. Any A and/or B level alerts must also be addressed prior to submission or otherwise explained in the checkCIF PDF.
For all other crystallographic data that are not accommodated by the CCDC, authors are encouraged to deposit into other available databases in addition to uploading the data in ACS Paragon Plus during manuscript submission.
Please adhere to the instructions in the following documents before submitting your manuscript.
- See the Author Guidelines sections on "Supporting Information" and "Information for Authors of Manuscripts Containing Structure Reports" for information on file preparation and a list of other databases that accept crystallographic data.
- See Requirements for Depositing X-Ray Crystallographic Data [PDF] for complete details on submission of CIFs and related files to CCDC.
The templates for Crystal Growth & Design are available below. While authors are encouraged to use an ACS template, it is not mandatory. The template facilitates the peer review process by allowing authors to place artwork and tables close to the point where they are discussed within the text.
Use U.S. Letter (8 1/2" by 11") paper size setting in the word processing program as the original document page size for preparation of all manuscripts. Do not use A4 or other size paper settings.
Note: A known issue with old versions of Internet Explorer causes problems when downloading Word 2010 templates. Upgrading to Internet Explorer 9 or the most recent version of Firefox or Google Chrome is recommended.
STYLES FOR TEX/LATEX
Special instructions and the achemso style package are available for authors Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts Using TeX/LaTeX.