Acta Crystallographica

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Acta Crystallographica is a series of peer-reviewed scientific journals, with articles centred on crystallography, published by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). Originally established in 1948 as a single journal called Acta Crystallographica[1], there are now six independent Acta Crystallographica titles: Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances, Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials, Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry, Acta Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology, Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications and Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications. Acta Crystallographica has been noted for the high quality of the papers that it produces,[2] as well as the large impact that its papers have had on the field of crystallography.[3] The current six journals form part of the journal portfolio of the IUCr, which is completed by the Journal of Applied Crystallography, the Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, the open-access IUCrJ and the open-access data publication IUCr Data.[4]

History[edit]

Acta Crystallographica was established in conjunction with the foundation of the International Union of Crystallography in 1948. Both were established to maintain an international forum for crystallography after the Second World War had led to a loss of international subscription to, and the eventual nine-year closure of, the main pre-war crystallography journal, Zeitschrift fur Kristallographie.[5] The founding editor of Acta Crystallographica was P. P. Ewald, who wrote in the preface to the first issue

Acta Crystallographica 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.

— P. P. Ewald, Acta Crystallographica, 1, 1 (1948)[1]

A steady increase in the number of submitted papers led to the journal being split into Section A, covering fundamental and theoretical studies, and Section B, dedicated to reports of structures, in 1968, together with a new journal, the Journal of Applied Crystallography. In 1983, Section C, devoted to the crystal structures of small molecules, was added, with Section B now focusing on biological, chemical, mineralogical and metallurgical crystallography.[5] The rapid expansion in biological crystallography led to the launch of Section D in 1993.[6]. The journals launched online versions in 1999, and in 2000 the journals began to provide electronic article submission and subscription access online.[7]. This was followed by the launch of an online-only journal, Section E, for brief reports of new small-molecule structures, in 2001[8]; this journal became fully open access in 2008.[9] A second online-only journal, Section F, dedicated to short reports of macromolecular structures and reports on their crystallization, followed in 2005.[10] The IUCr moved to online-only publication for all its journals from 2014.[11]

Journals[edit]

Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances[edit]

Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances  
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Former names
  • Acta Crystallographica Section A: Crystal Physics, Diffraction, Theoretical and General Crystallography
  • Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations of Crystallography
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Acta Crystallogr. Sect. A
Discipline Crystallography
Language English
Edited by S. J. L. Billinge
Publication details
Publisher
IUCr/Wiley
Publication history
1968-present
Frequency Bimonthly
Hybrid
2.333
Indexing
ISSN 2053-2733
CODEN ACSAD7
Links

Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances is the foundation on which the whole suite of IUCr crystallography journals are built, containing papers describing fundamental developments in crystallographic theory and practice.[12] When Acta Crystallographica was split into two sections in 1967, Section A was named Acta Crystallographica Section A: Crystal Physics, Diffraction, Theoretical and General Crystallography. The journal's name changed again in 1982 to Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations of Crystallography.[13] The journal adopted its current title in 2013.

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Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials[edit]

Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials  
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Former names
  • Acta Crystallographica. Section B: Structural Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry
  • Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Acta Crystallogr. Sect. B
Discipline Crystallography
Language English
Edited by
  • A. J. Blake
  • M. de Boissieu
  • A. Nangia
Publication details
Publisher
IUCr/Wiley
Publication history
1968-present
Frequency Bimonthly
Hybrid
2.892
Indexing
ISSN 2052-5206
CODEN ACSBDA
Links

Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials publishes scientific articles on structural science.[14] Its original title in 1968 was Acta Crystallographica. Section B: Structural Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry. On the launch of Acta Crystallographica Section C in 1983, the title of Section B changed to Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science.

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Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry[edit]

Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry  
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Former names
Acta Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Acta Crystallogr. Sect. E
Discipline Crystallography
Language English
Edited by
  • L. R. Falvello
  • A. Linden
  • P. R. Raithby
  • J. White
Publication details
Publisher
IUCr/Wiley
Publication history
1983-present
Frequency Monthly
Hybrid
0.479
Indexing
ISSN 2053-2296
CODEN ACSCGG
Links

Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry is a journal for the rapid publication of research with structural content relating to the chemical sciences.[15]

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Acta Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology[edit]

Acta Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology  
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Former names
Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Acta Crystallogr. Sect. D
Discipline
Language English
Edited by
Publication details
Publisher
IUCr/Wiley
Publication history
1993–present
Frequency Monthly
Hybrid
2.512
Indexing
ISSN 2059-7983
CODEN ACSDAD
Links

Acta Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology publishes articles covering all areas of structural biology, including biomolecular structures determined by NMR and cryEM as well as crystallography, and the methods used to obtain them.[16] The journal was launched in 1993 as Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography with Jenny Glusker as the founding Editor. In 2003, Ted Baker and Zbigniew Dauter took over the editorship of the journal.[17] The current Editors are Jennifer L. Martin, Randy Read and Soichi Wakatsuki. In 2016, the title was changed to Acta Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology to reflect the expanded scope of the journal.

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Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications[edit]

Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications  
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Former names
Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Acta Crystallogr. Sect. E
Discipline Crystallography
Language English
Edited by
  • W. T. A. Harrison
  • H. Stoecki-Evans
  • L. Van Meervelt
  • M. Weil
Publication details
Publisher
IUCr/Wiley
Publication history
2001-present
Frequency Monthly
Yes
0.347
Indexing
ISSN 2056-9890
CODEN ACSECI
Links

Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications is an open-access structural communications journal. It reports crystal structure determinations of inorganic, metal-organic and organic compounds.[18] Since 2012, Acta Cryst. E has not been included in the Science Citation Index.

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Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications[edit]

Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications  
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Former names
Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Acta Crystallogr. Sect. F
Discipline Crystallography
Language English
Edited by
  • Z. Dauter
  • W. N. Hunter
  • M. S. Weiss
Publication details
Publisher
IUCr/Wiley
Publication history
2005–present
Frequency Monthly
Hybrid
0.647
Indexing
ISSN 2053-230X
CODEN ACSFEN
Links

Acta Crystallographica Section F is a rapid structural biology communications journal. It publishes short papers on biological structures and any aspects of structural biology.[19]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ewald, P. P. (1948). "Editorial Preface". Acta Crystallographica. 1: 1. doi:10.1107/S0365110X48000016. 
  2. ^ McMahon, Brian (May–June 1996). "The Role of Journals in Maintaining Data Integrity: Checking of Crystal Structure Data in Acta Crystallographica" (PDF). Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 101 (3): 347–355. doi:10.6028/jres.101.036. 
  3. ^ Cruickshank, D. W. J. (1998). "Aspects of the History of the International Union of Crystallography". Acta Crystallographica A. 54: 687–696. doi:10.1107/s0108767398011477. 
  4. ^ "Crystallography Journals Online". 
  5. ^ a b Authier, Andre (2009). "60 years of IUCr journals". Acta Crystallographica Section A. 65: 167–182. doi:10.1107/S0108767309007235. 
  6. ^ Cruickshank, D. W. J. (1998). "Aspects of the History of the International Union of Crystallography". Acta Crystallographica A. 54: 687–696. doi:10.1107/s0108767398011477. 
  7. ^ Authier, André (2000). "Editorial: New developments for Acta Crystallographica Section A" (PDF). A56 (1): e1. doi:10.1107/S0108767399015871. 
  8. ^ Ferguson, George (January 2001). "Editorial: New developments for Acta Crystallographica Section C". Acta Crystallographica Section C. 57 (1): 1. doi:10.1107/S0108270100020424. 
  9. ^ Harrison, W.T.A; Simpson, J.; Weil, M. (2009). "Structure Reports Online : successful transition to open access". Acta Crystallogr. Sect. E. 65: e9–e10. doi:10.1107/S1600536808042979. 
  10. ^ Einspahr, Howard; Guss, Mitchell (April 2006). "Editorial: Acta Crystallographica Section F: developments in the first year". Acta Crystallographica Section F. 62 (4): 314. doi:10.1107/S1744309106010347. 
  11. ^ "IUCr Journals move to online-only publishing". International Union of Crystallography. 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Acta Crystallographica Section A". 
  13. ^ "Acta Crystallographica. Section A: Foundations of Crystallography." Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. Accessed 30 June 2011.
  14. ^ "Acta Crystallographica Section B". 
  15. ^ "Acta Crystallographica Section C". 
  16. ^ "Acta Crystallographica Section D". 
  17. ^ Baker, Ted (January 2003). "Changing of the guard". Acta Crystallogr. Sect. D. 59 (1): 1. doi:10.1107/S090744490202245X. 
  18. ^ "Acta Crystallographica Section E". 
  19. ^ "Acta Crystallographica Section F". 

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