Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials publishes scientific articles related to the structural science of compounds and materials in the widest sense. Knowledge of the arrangements of atoms, including their temporal variations and dependencies on temperature and pressure, is often the key to understanding physical and chemical phenomena and is crucial for the design of new materials and supramolecular devices. Acta Crystallographica B is the forum for the publication of such contributions. Scientific developments based on experimental studies as well as those based on theoretical approaches, including crystal-structure prediction, structure-property relations and the use of databases of crystal structures, are published.

We note with deep regret the death of Frank Allen who was Editor of Acta Crystallographica Section B from 1993 to 2002. An announcement can be read on the IUCr homepage at
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Keywords: aperiodic crystals; charge densities; chemical bonding; coherent scattering; crystal engineering; crystal growth and epitaxy; crystal-structure prediction; database analysis; diffuse scattering; electron crystallography; electron densities; electron, neutron and X-ray diffraction and scattering; functional materials; magnetic structures; mineralogy; NMR crystallography; phase transitions in materials; porous materials; powder diffraction; soft condensed matter; solid-state physics and chemistry; structural dynamics; structural materials; structural schematics; structures under extreme conditions; thin films; time-resolved studies

`Acta is intended to offer a central place for publication and discussion of all research in this vast and ever-expanding field. It borders, naturally, on pure physics, chemistry, biology, mineralogy, technology and also on mathematics, but is distinguished by being concerned with the methods and results of investigating the arrangement of atoms in matter, particularly when that arrangement has regular features.'

Paul P. Ewald, Acta Crystallographica (1948), 1, 2.

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