checkCIF/PLATON (basic structural check)

Welcome to the checkCIF/PLATON  service, which is operated by the IUCr. You may use this form to upload files for a basic structural check.
Please upload your CIF using the form below.

CIF file name:

Select form of checkCIF report

Select validation type
Full validation of CIF and structure factors Validation of CIF only (no structure factors)

This basic structural check contains a subset of the full checkCIF/PLATON tests and includes checks on: 

 • CIF syntax and construction
 • Cell and geometry details
 • Space-group symmetry

A basic structural check will be carried out on all papers submitted for publication in IUCr journals. If you intend to submit to either Acta Crystallograhica Section C or Acta Crystallographica Section E, you should make sure that  full publication checks are run on your CIF prior to submission.

Useful links
How to use checkCIF/PLATON reports
Details of checkCIF/PLATON tests
Submit to IUCr Journals
Core CIF dictionary