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Aims and scope

Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging (ASCI) serves as an interdisciplinary forum covering the entire field of advanced imaging. Particularly welcome are multi-modal studies exploring the links among imaging, diffraction, spectroscopy, data processing, and large-scale data analysis for the purpose of elucidating structure-function and structure-property relationships in atomic and molecular systems. The journal provides a dedicated platform for knowledge sharing among scientists using these imaging and analysis techniques but who may be unaware of important developments in complementary sub-fields. Coverage includes the emerging area of dynamic imaging at various orders of magnitude in spatial and temporal resolution from microns to angstroms and from milliseconds to femtoseconds.

With the common need to deliver high-quality images and analyses using multiple imaging tools, forefront data handling, and mathematical methods for processing and simulations in fields as diverse as physics, chemistry, molecular and cell biology, pharmaceutical science, and materials science and engineering, ASCI brings together methods and results that are currently spread over many discipline- or technique-specific journals.Topics appropriate to the journal include but are not limited to:

  • Structural analysis of organics, membrane proteins, and macromolecules
  • Structural analysis of cell organelles and membrane microdomains
  • Structural analysis of inorganics and nanocrystals
  • Structural analysis of crystalline surfaces and interfaces, 2D crystallography, surface reconstructions
  • Full chemical analysis of crystalline phases by combining atomic level structural and spectroscopic analyses
  • Polycrystal orientation and phase mapping/analysis, texture and interface analyses at the nanometer length scale
  • Large scale microscope data acquisition and processing
  • Reconstruction algorithms for 3-D imaging and compressed sensing.

ASCI was founded in 2013 by Nigel D. Browning, Andreas Holzenburg, Wolfgang Neumann and Peter Moeck.

Why publish your article in Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging?

High visibility

Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

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Open access

All articles published by Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

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Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging therefore levies an article-processing charge of £865.00/$1350.00/€1100.00 for each article accepted for publication.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

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The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published in Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

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Citing articles in Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging

Articles in Advanced Structural and Chemical Imaging  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Adv struct chem imaging [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Adv struct chem imaging 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.