About Crystals


Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352) is an open access journal that covers all aspects of crystalline material research. Crystals can act as a reference, and as a publication resource, to the community. It publishes reviews, regular research articles, and short communications. Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. Therefore, there is no restriction on article length. Full experimental details must be provided to enable the results to be reproduced. Crystals provides a forum for the advancement of our understanding of the nucleation, growth, processing, and characterization of crystalline and liquid crystalline materials. Their mechanical, chemical, electronic, magnetic, and optical properties, and their diverse applications, are all considered to be of importance.

Subject Areas

All classes of crystalline materials, either in bulk or as thin films, such as:

  • semiconductors
  • magnetic systems
  • superconductors
  • graphene
  • photonic crystals
  • periodic metamaterials
  • minerals
  • metals
  • salts
  • liquid crystals

Crystal growth techniques, including:

  • molecular beam, chemical beam, and vapor phase epitaxy
  • design and processing of photonic crystals and metamaterials

Characterization techniques, such as:

  • X-ray diffraction
  • photoluminescence
  • electron microscopy and diffraction
  • neutron diffraction
  • scanning probe microscopy
  • carrier transport
  • magnetic property measurements
  • rutherford backscattering
  • ellipsometry

Fundamental research into:

  • solid-state physics and chemistry
  • crystalline surfaces
  • crystalline structure

Topics not suitable for “Crystals”:

Use of single crystal structural analysis for the sole characterization of organic molecular structures besides other techniques without a clear focus on the crystalline structure and its properties.

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

Crystals is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications. MDPI works with Publons to provide reviewers with credit for their work.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Crystals will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2018 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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Editorial Office

Ms. Alma Wu
Managing Editor

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