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CATEGORIES OF MANUSCRIPTS
Manuscripts may be submitted for publications in Powder Diffraction under one of the following categories:
a) Review Articles may be voluntary or solicited and are intended to be an authoritative presentation of a significant subject in powder diffraction analysis. The material should be comprehensive, of broad interest, and the historical influence on the topic should be emphasized along with modern enhancements. A complete literature search is an important part of review articles.
b) Technical Articles on original research may be either experimental or theoretical studies revealing new information on the characterization of materials by applications of powder diffraction and related techniques. Topics may include, but are not limited to materials characterization, phase identification and quantitative phase analysis, new materials, thin films, diffraction measurement techniques, computer analysis methods, instrumental and laboratory techniques, assessment of precision and accuracy in data processing, indexing of powder data, crystal-structure determinations, lattice parameter refinement, residual stress analysis, and microstructural measurements such as those for preferred orientation, crystallite size, microstrain and microstructure defects.
c) New Diffraction Data, Methods and Instrumentation are articles which present either (1) new or significantly improved powder diffraction patterns and/or crystal structure determination of crystalline materials of current interest to science and industry; (2) new data analysis methods and/or software, or (3) advances in laboratory instrumentation and methods. A New Diffraction Data manuscript should include chemical name, chemical formula, sample source and purity, experimental documentation (e.g. instrument name, radiation source and power, monochromatization, optics, detector), analysis methods and results. The scientific and materials science significance of the material should be described. A short summary of synthesis or source, tests for phase purity (e.g. measured density, elemental analysis, spectra, melting point), sample mounting, and diffraction measurement and analysis methods should be included. Analysis Methods manuscripts should provide new theory or software for analyzing scattering data . New Instrumentation manuscripts describe new instrumentation and show results obtained with the new or improved instrumentation such as detectors, monochromators, in situ attachments and sensors.
d) Rapid Communications are short articles on original research, usually limited to two printed journal pages (about 1000 words). They may include the same topics as in New Diffraction Data, but are designed for rapid review, processing and publication. The essential requirements for a rapid communication of new, high interest materials are: summary of the importance of the phase, chemical name, chemical formula, sample description (including synthesis or source, purity, crystal habit and supportive materials such as spectra, melting point, measured density, elemental analysis), instrument description (e.g. name, radiation source and power, monochromatization, optics, detectors, and data collection details)., unit cell parameters and space group.
e) Data Reports are short articles on original research, usually limited to two printed Journal pages of about 1000 words and are intended to communicate new results for a crystalline material. Examples could be previously unreported powder diffraction data for a material with a known crystal structure, new diffraction data for a novel material where crystal structure elucidation will be a future activity, or a previously unknown phase based on the diffraction data for a material at high temperature or pressure. The essential requirements for a Data Report are: Importance of the phase, chemical name, chemical formula, sample synthesis or source, sample mounting, instrument description (e.g. instrument name, radiation source and power, monochromatization, optics, detector data collection parameters, and Tables and Figures of the diffraction data).
f) Crystallography Education provides tutorial and instructional articles related to powder diffraction, crystallography, scattering methods and analysis not found in books or manuals.
g) Letters to the Editor is a forum for individuals to comment on material printed in Powder Diffraction. Each Letter to the Editor will be reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief. A letter that refers to a specific publication will be sent to the author(s) of the article under discussion for a reply. Usually, the letter and the reply (if available) will appear in the same issue.
h) Erratum is a forum to be used by the author to submit corrections to papers published in Powder Diffraction.
i) International Reports is the section of Powder Diffraction devoted to disseminating information on recent meetings of interest and typically include the key scientific concepts presented and activities of interest to the powder diffraction community. Submissions are solicited from anyone with appropriate information. Additional topics for International Reports include announcements, reviews of workshops, book reviews, educational activities, awards and honors of people working in the field of powder diffraction, activities of any organization worldwide which pertain to powder diffraction, and short reviews of new products.
j) Calendar of Meetings, Short Courses and Workshops is a section listing meetings and workshops of interest to members of the powder diffraction community. Please send notices to the PDJ Calendar of Meetings and Workshops Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please do not submit via ScholarOne).