Focus and Coverage
Aims and Objectives - Structural Dynamics
Structural Dynamics aims at capitalizing on the recent developments in experimental and theoretical methods and techniques that allow a visualization of the electronic and geometric structural changes in “real-time” of chemical, biological and condensed matter systems. The community of scientists and engineers working on structural dynamics in such diverse systems often use similar instrumentation and methods.
The journal welcomes articles dealing with fundamental problems of electronic and structural dynamics that are tackled by new methods such as:
- Time-resolved X-ray and electron diffraction and scattering
- Coherent diffractive imaging
- Time-resolved X-ray spectroscopies (absorption, emission, resonant inelastic scattering, etc.)
- Time-resolved Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) and electron microscopy
- Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopies (UPS, XPS, ARPES, etc.)
- Multidimensional spectroscopies in the infrared, the visible and the ultraviolet
- Nonlinear spectroscopies in the VUV, the soft and the hard X-ray domains
- Theory and Computational methods and algorithms for the analysis and description of structural dynamics and their associated experimental signals.
These new methods are enabled by new instrumentation such as:
- X-ray free electron lasers, which provide flux, coherence and time resolution
- New sources of ultrashort electron pulses
- New sources of ultrashort Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) to hard X-ray pulses, such as high harmonic generation (HHG) sources or plasma-based sources
- New sources of ultrashort infrared and terahertz (THz) radiation
- New detectors for X-rays and electrons
- New sample handling and delivery schemes
- New computational capabilities
The journal welcomes articles that deal either with scientific or technical aspects of these new methods and instruments. Experimental papers are expected to be brought into relation with theory, and theoretical papers should be connected to present or future experiments.
The journal accepts Short Communications, Topical Reviews and Regular Articles in the following subjects:
- Experimental Methodologies
- Theory and Modelling
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Liquids and Solutions
- Biological Systems
Letter from the Editor
Capitalizing on recent experimental and theoretical advances, the journal aims at providing a forum for the community of scientists working on the development, implementation and use of new tools for the determination of static and time-evolving structures. This community includes scientists dealing with different aspects of structural dynamics in relation to problems in atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics and materials science, chemistry and biology, that often use similar experimental (Synchrotrons, X-ray free electron lasers, Ultrashort UV-visible lasers, ultrashort electron pulses, Laboratory sources of ultrashort X-ray pulses, High harmonic generation sources) and theoretical (Molecular dynamics simulations, quantum chemical calculations, etc.) tools.
We therefore encourage submissions in areas such as:
- Static structure Determination and Imaging.
- Dynamical (i.e. time-domain) structural studies with a time resolution from femtoseconds to milliseconds and spatial resolutions from the Å to the micron.
- Electronic structure studies that underlie structures at equilibrium and/or their evolution over time.
- Theoretical modelling and computational studies of all the above.
Submissions are also welcome dealing with the methodological aspects of structural studies and their time-dependence, such as:
- X-ray diffraction (crystallography) and X-ray scattering.
- X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XANES and EXAFS).
- Electron diffraction, scattering and microscopy.
- Coherent X-ray imaging.
- Core-level spectroscopies: Photoelectron spectroscopy (PS), Photoemission, X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES), resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS), Electron-energy-loss-spectroscopy (EELS).
- NMR spectroscopies.
- Vibrational (infrared) and electronic (visible-UV) multidimensional spectroscopies.
The journal thus welcomes articles dealing with scientific questions related to structure determination and dynamics, driven by emerging experimental methodologies and technical developments. The journal will therefore contain the following sections:
- Short Communications
- Theory and Modelling
- Experimental Methodologies
- Materials and Surfaces
- Biological Systems
- Liquids, Solutions and Interfaces
Structural Dynamics will combine high quality peer review with a streamlined publication process to highlight your results. We very much look forward to receiving your articles.
Professor Majed Chergui
Helen M. Berman, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
Andrea Cavalleri, Hamburg, Germany
Henry Chapman, Hamburg, Germany
Philip Coppens, Buffalo, New York, USA
Roger Falcone, Berkeley, California, USA
Sol Gruner, Ithaca, New York, USA
Janos Hajdu, Uppsala, Sweden
Peter Hamm, Zürich, Switzerland
John Helliwell, Manchester, UK
Chi Chang Kao, Stanford
Shin-ya Koshihara, Tokyo, Japan
Eaton Lattman, Buffalo, New York, USA
Jom Luiten, The Netherlands
R. J. Dwayne Miller, Hamburg, Germany
Dennis Mills, Argonne, Illinois, USA
Keith Moffat, Chicago, Illinois USA
Shaul Mukamel, Irvine, California, USA
Margaret Murnane, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Fulvio Parmigiani, Trieste
Claudio Pelligrini, Los Angeles, California, USA
Oleg Shpyrko, UCSD
John Spence, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Svante Svensson, Uppsala, Sweden
Soichi Wakatsuki, Menlo Park, California, USA
Wilfried Wurth, Hamburg, Germany
Ahmed Zewail, Pasadena, California, USA
Board of Managers
Judith Flippen-Anderson, Co-Editor, ACA RefleXions
John Linton, Director of Marketing, AIP Publishing
John Tainer, Professor, The Scripps Research Institute
Jason Wilde, Chief Publishing Officer, AIP Publishing
The Review Process
Structural Dynamics is jointly published by the AIP Publishing LLC and ACA. The Editor, aided by the Associate Editors, is responsible for the content and other editorial matters related to the Journal. Submitted manuscripts are initially screened for their suitability and those that appear appropriate for consideration in Structural Dynamics are sent to expert reviewers for evaluation. It is our intention to reach a decision on the disposition of a paper on the basis of no more than two rounds of reviewing. Only for exceptional situations will an additional review be undertaken. Such extended reviews are time-consuming, and should not be used as a mechanism to change an otherwise unacceptable manuscript into an acceptable publication
Criteria for Publication
Papers are accepted for publication in Structural Dynamics according to the following criteria:
- Very high quality science with strong evidence for the conclusions.
- Original and novel (we do not consider meeting report abstracts and preprints on community servers to compromise novelty).
- Timely and of extreme importance to scientists in the field.
- Interesting to researchers in other, related disciplines.
Serial Submissions: Publication of ongoing work in a series of papers should be avoided. We believe that, while there is a need for rapid communication of important results, the literature becomes fractured and less accessible when serial publication of specialized advances becomes the norm. Serial submissions designed solely to meet the length requirement are not suitable for publication in Structural Dynamics. Instead, the authors should report their results in a full-length paper for submission to a regular journal. The scientific community will be better served by a comprehensive paper than by several separate Letters.
Length: Structural Dynamics publishes SD Communications, Topical Reviews and Regular Articles. SD Communications are papers of letter format not exceeding 3,500 words. Beyond this limit the manuscript will be considered as a regular paper, unless it has been submitted as a Topical Review. Guidelines for estimating length are included in the Information for Contributors.
Estimating the length of SD Communications
Manuscripts should not exceed 3,500 words.
Authors are advised to use the SD styles included in the REVTeX 4.1 package for all submissions to SD. If the manuscript obtained using the "reprint" option fits on four pages (excluding abstract, author list, acknowledgments, and references), the length is acceptable.
If you have any questions please contact PXP Help.
Highlight the manuscript text, excluding abstract, author list, acknowledgements and references, and note the word count at the bottom of the screen. Add to that the word-count-equivalents for figures, tables and equations as follows:
1. Figures: An average single-column figure will displace 220 words. For a more accurate estimation, use the following: [(150/aspect ratio) + 20 words] for single-column figures, and [(300/(0.5 x aspect ratio)) + 40 words] for double-column figures. Aspect ratio = width/height.
2. Tables: 6.5 words per line, plus 13 words for single-column tables. 13 words per line, plus 26 words for double-column tables.
3. Equations: 16 words per row for single-column equations. 32 words per row for double-column equations.
If the total number of words (text + figures + tables + equations) is 3,500 or less, the length is acceptable.
Format: Author Instructions are published on the Journal's website. Rapid changes in publication technology require that authors follow the instructions for preparation of figures with particular care (for detailed information, see http://publishing.aip.org/authors/journal-guidelines).
Ethics and Responsibilities of Authors
Structural Dynamics is published as part of the charter of its publishers, AIP Publishing and American Crystallographic Association, to advance and diffuse knowledge of time-domain structural studies to human welfare. To that end, it is essential that all who participate in producing the journal conduct themselves as authors, reviewers, editors, and publishers in accord with the highest level of professional ethics and standards.
A detailed statement of what this journal expects can be found here.
By submitting a manuscript to Structural Dynamics, each author implicitly confirms that it meets the highest ethical standards.
Creative Commons License (CC-BY): Structural Dynamics is funded via an author-pays model. Authors publishing manuscripts in Structural Dynamics retain copyright and grant the publisher a license to publish under a Creative Commons agreement.
Patents: Submission of manuscripts that contain patentable ideas is at the author's risk, and neither Structural Dynamics nor American Institute of Physics or American Crystallographic Association assumes any responsibility in this regard.
(all types are subject to the journal’s length limit)
- * SD Communications (up to 3,500 words). Letter articles reporting novel and important research that require quick publication.
- * Regular Articles (up to 12,000 words). Succinct and helpful to new researchers in a given field of structural dynamics research.
- * Topical reviews (up to 20,000 words). These highlight a given area of structural dynamics research, trying to embrace as much as possible of the literature (excessive self-referencing can lead to the review being turned down). Topical Reviews should be accessible to a general audience.
- * Comments and Responses (up to 1000 words). The main purpose of a Comment is to point out and correct significant errors or deficiencies in Structural Dynamics articles or to take issue with the conclusions reached. Another purpose is to inject additional insight or corroboration even when the article is not believed to contain an error. We would like Comments to be concise, substantive, and free of polemics. They are meant to address scientific issues only. We wish to avoid controversy on all questions of priority; the scientific community at large derives insufficient benefits from such comments. In addition, calling attention to an oversight in a reference list will generally not be considered publishable. The title of a Comment should read: Comment on "original title" [Struct. Dyn. volume, page (year)]. Equations, tables, figures, and figure captions must all be considered when estimating page length. A Response to a Comment will normally be solicited from the authors of the Letter in question. Just as the Comment, the Response must also conform to the above requirements, and can only contain 1000 words or less. The title of the response should read: Response to 'Comment on "original title"' [Struct. Dyn. volume, page (year)]. Both Comment and Response will be reviewed by an anonymous referee. If the Comment is rejected, neither will be published. If the Response alone is rejected, the Comment will be published without the Response. No further exchange beyond this point can be considered for publication. If both are accepted, the Comment and the Response will appear in the same issue. As these processes can be time consuming, we cannot guarantee as rapid a publication schedule as we maintain for regular submissions. Since a Comment is published only if it is informative to the readership and if the same result cannot be achieved either by an Erratum or by a separate article in another journal, authors of a Comment are encouraged to first contact the authors of the Letter in question for a direct response before submitting their Comment to Structural Dynamics. However, the Editor does not require such a step.
An author may appeal an editor's decision to reject a manuscript by making a request to the editor that the paper be reconsidered. If the editor is not persuaded that (further) review is warranted, he/she will consult one of the Associate Editors for a second opinion. If the decision to reject is upheld, any subsequent appeal will be reviewed by the Publisher at AIP Publishing. The Publisher will not make direct decisions whether or not a paper should be accepted for publication, but rather will assess whether procedures were followed properly. Additional rounds of review or adjudication would only be called for if proper procedures were not followed.
Retraction and Correction Policies
AIP Publishing takes its responsibility to maintain the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record of our content for all end users very seriously. AIP Publishing places great importance on the authority of articles after they have been published and our policy is based on best practice in the academic publishing community. Changes to articles after they have been published online may only be made under the circumstances outlined in AIP's Retraction and Correction Policies which can be accessed here.
Article Processing Charges
Structural Dynamics is an open access publication. Authors of published papers will be assessed an Article Processing Charge of USD2200 which covers the cost of publication and allows the author to retain copyright through a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. This means all articles published in Structural Dynamics are freely available to all readers giving authors the broadest distribution of their research possible.
Waivers may be available for certain authors, for example, from low GDP countries or those who, for other reasons, do not have access to funds to cover the fee. Authors can request a waiver on acceptance of their article.
Editors and reviewers have no access to author payment information and will not discuss charges with authors. The ability to pay does not influence whether or not a manuscript is accepted for publication.
Information regarding payment of these charges will be provided following acceptance for publication. Inquiries concerning Article Processing Charges should be addressed to email@example.com.
ACA Member Discounts
Members of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) can take advantage of a discounted article processing charge at USD1,500 when publishing in Structural Dynamics
. The corresponding author needs to be the member of ACA.
Institutional Support for Open Access Publishing
Institutions increasingly have funds available to authors in support of open access fees. Below is a list of institutions that have funds available to researchers. Some institutions not on this list are developing similar programs. Details and eligibility requirements for institutional open access funds may vary; authors are advised to consult their institutional librarians, who may be the best source for further information on open access funding.
While sources and types of funding differ, institutions listed below are marked by type of funding as known.
* Participants of Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE), which help authors finance open access fees.
† Institutions offering funding made available through the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust.
Arizona State University
Carleton University Colorado State University
Columbia University *
Cornell University *
Dartmouth College *
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Duke University *
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) *
Florida State University
George Mason University
Grand Valley State University
Harvard University *
Heinrich Heine University
Imperial College London
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Johns Hopkins University
Kansas State University
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology *
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Max Planck Society
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Michigan State University
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Queensland University of Technology
Simon Fraser University *
Southern Illinois University
Texas A&M University
Universitat de Barcelona *
University of Calgary *
University of California at Berkeley *
University of California at Davis
University of California at Irvine
University of California at Riverside
University of California at San Diego
University of California at Santa Barbara
University of California at Santa Cruz
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
University of Exeter †
University of Florida
University of Hawaii-Manoa
University of Helsinki
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Mainz (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
University of Manitoba
University of Massachusetts
University of Michigan *
University of Minnesota
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of North Carolina
University of North Texas
University of Northern Colorado
University of Nottingham
University of Florida
University of Oregon
University of Ottawa *
University of Pittsburgh *
University of Regensburg
University of Tennessee
University of Texas
University of Tromsø
University of Twente
University of Utah *
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
University of Zurich
Utah State University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Virginia Tech University
Wake Forest University
Washington University (St. Louis)
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