help with preparing CIFs

Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry publishes crystal structures determined by diffraction methods. It specialises in the rapid dissemination and archiving (for Internet access) of high-quality studies of new, novel and challenging crystal and molecular structures of interest to the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, mineralogy, pharmacology, physics and materials science. To achieve this objective, it operates a unique submissions policy, requiring authors to submit papers in the format of a Crystallographic Information File (CIF).

We provide here the latest version of Notes for Authors, which give an overview of how to prepare a paper for publication, supporting information on various details of submission, and links to more details of the CIF format developed by the International Union of Crystallography for the standardisation of crystallographic data interchange.

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Standard data codes and keywords
Required data items
Hydrogen-bond considerations

How to use the checkcif and printcif facilities

Submission of powder diffraction papers

CIF templates
Example CIFs
Guidelines for editing CIF text

A Guide to CIF for Authors
More information on CIF

Data Validation Criteria