Acta Crystallographica Section A

Foundations of Crystallography

Volume 64, Part 1 (January 2008)


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Acta Cryst. (2008). A64, 38-51    [ doi:10.1107/S0108767307045801 ]

Crystallographic publishing in the electronic age

P. R. Strickland and B. McMahon

Abstract: The journals of the International Union of Crystallography have grown in size and number over the past 60 years to match developments in scientific practice and technique. High quality of publication has always been at the forefront of editorial policy and ways in which this has been achieved are described. In particular, the development of standard exchange and archive formats for crystallographic data has allowed the editorial office to conduct automated analyses of structural data supporting articles submitted for publication and these analyses assist the scientific editors in careful and critical peer review. The new information technologies of the Internet age have allowed the IUCr journals to flourish and to provide a wide range of powerful services to authors, editors and readers alike. The integration of literature and supporting structural data is of particular importance. The new technologies have also brought fresh economic and cultural challenges, and offer completely new opportunities to disseminate the results of scientific research. The journals continue to respond to these challenges and take advantage of new opportunities in innovative ways.

Keywords: crystallographic publishing; IUCr journals.


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Computerization of the IUCr Editorial Office, Chester: a Progress Report. Internal Report: 19 October 1990


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Computerization of the IUCr Editorial Office, Chester: a Review of 1991. Internal Report: 4 March 1992


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Computerization of the IUCr Editorial Office, Chester: a Review of 1992. Internal Report: 8 December 1992


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Computerization of the IUCr Editorial Office, Chester: IV. Network Publishing. Internal Report: 15 July 1993


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The IUCr Electronic Journal. Internal Report: Undated; prepared 21 July 1999 for Executive Committee meeting


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