Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.
Our current timeline for papers that are peer-reviewed to receive feedback post-review is between 12 and 16 weeks. You will receive a notification if your paper is declined before peer review within 3-4 weeks of submission. Papers that are published typically take 6-9 months to process, from the first submission, through the peer review and revision process, to publication. Our 2019 rejection rate was 55%, including papers declined before and after peer review. The main reason for declining papers before peer review was a mismatch between the focus of the paper and the aims and scope of the journal, so please read these carefully before submitting your paper online: http://cristal.ac.za/index.php/cristal/about.
COVID-19 and impact on peer review
As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic many researchers have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Timelines for papers can therefore be delayed.