draft requirements for presenting biological macromolecule small-angle scattering data


It is not the intention of this document to define a quality requirement for SAS experiments that would be acceptable for publication. Rather, the purpose is to outline the way in which SAS experiments should be presented in order to enable the reader to independently assess the quality of any interpretations made by the authors.


Sample quality

High sample quality is required for SAS experiments. As such the authors must demonstrate as clearly as possible that any sample is of sufficient quality to yield meaningful results in a SAS experiment.


Essential


Preferable


Data acquisition

Details on the execution of the SAS experiment must be provided.


Essential


Preferable



Experimental validation

In order for a reader to be able to assess the quality of a SAS experiment, it is necessary that the data be presented in a clear, well described manner.


Essential


Preferable


Modelling

Where the experimenter is looking to support a three-dimensional model, any modelling must be justified and described thoroughly.


Essential


Preferable