checkCIF/PLATON (full structural check)

Welcome to the checkCIF/PLATON  service, which is operated by the IUCr. You may use this form to upload files for a full 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 full 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
 • Anisotropic displacement parameters

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.

If you intend to submit to another section of Acta Crystallographica, Journal of Applied Crystallography or Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, you should make sure that at least basic structural checks are run on the final version of your CIF prior to submission.

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How to use checkCIF/PLATON reports
Details of checkCIF/PLATON tests
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CIF dictionary

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