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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

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

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 für 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
Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances
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Discipline Crystallography
Language English
Edited by S. J. L. Billinge
Publication details
Former name(s)

Acta Crystallographica Section A: Crystal Physics, Diffraction, Theoretical and General Crystallography
Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations of Crystallography

History 1968-present
Publisher IUCr/Wiley
Frequency Bimonthly
Open access
Hybrid
Impact factor
2.333 (2015)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4 Acta Crystallogr. A
Indexing
CODEN ACSAD7
ISSN 2053-2733
Links

Journal homepage

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.
Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

Biological Abstracts
Cambridge Structural Database
Ceramic Abstracts
Chemical Abstracts Service
Chemistry Citation Index
Current Chemical Reactions Database
Current Contents/ Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences
Inorganic Crystal Structure Database
Inspec
ISI Chemistry Reaction Center
Medline
Metals Abstracts/METADEX
Materials Science Citation Index
Reaction Citation Index
Research Alert
Science Citation Index
Science Citation Index Expanded
SCISEARCH
Scopus

Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
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Discipline Crystallography
Language English
Edited by

A. J. Blake
M. de Boissieu
A. Nangia

Publication details
Former name(s)

Acta Crystallographica. Section B: Structural Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry
Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science

History 1968-present
Publisher IUCr/Wiley
Frequency Bimonthly
Open access
Hybrid
Impact factor
2.892 (2015)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4 Acta Crystallogr. B
Indexing
CODEN ACSBDA
ISSN 2052-5206
Links

Journal homepage

Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials publishes scientific articles on structural science.[14] According to the journal: "Knowledge of the arrangements of atoms, including their temporal variations and dependencies on temperature and pressure, is often the key to understanding physical and chemical phenomena and is crucial for the design of new materials and supramolecular devices."[15] It was formed in 1968 when the journal Acta Crystallographica was split into two parts and has been published for the International Union of Crystallography under the following titles:

Acta Crystallographica. Section B: Structural Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry (Acta Crystallogr. B Struct. Cryst. Cryst. Chem., print ISSN 0567-7408) from its formation until the end of 1982. It was published in Denmark by Munksgaard and accepted articles in English, French, and German.[16]
On the launch of Acta Crystallographica Section C in 1983, the title of Section B changed to Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science (Acta Crystallogr. B Struct. Sci., print ISSN 0108-7681), and the publisher was changed to Wiley-Blackwell in 2004[17] after Wiley had acquired Munksgaard.
From the start of 2013, the title was changed to the present Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials (Acta Crystallogr. B Struct. Sci. Cryst. Eng. Mater., print ISSN 2052-5192) and the journal now only publishes in English.[18]

Throughout its history, it has also been known as simply Acta Crystallographica B (Acta Crystallogr. B) or informally as Acta Cryst. B.[15]
Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

Biological Abstracts
Cambridge Structural Database
Ceramic Abstracts
Chemical Abstracts Service
Chemistry Citation Index
Current Chemical Reactions Database
Current Contents/ Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences
Inorganic Crystal Structure Database
Inspec
ISI Chemistry Reaction Center
Medline
Metals Abstracts/METADEX
Materials Science Citation Index
Nucleic Acid Database
Protein Data Bank
Reaction Citation Index
Research Alert
Science Citation Index
Science Citation Index Expanded
SCISEARCH
Scopus

Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry
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Discipline Crystallography
Language English
Edited by

L. R. Falvello
A. Linden
P. R. Raithby
J. White

Publication details
Former name(s)
Acta Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications
History 1983-present
Publisher IUCr/Wiley
Frequency Monthly
Open access
Hybrid
Impact factor
0.479 (2015)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4 Acta Crystallogr. C
Indexing
CODEN ACSCGG
ISSN 2053-2296
Links

Journal homepage

Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry is a journal for the rapid publication of research with structural content relating to the chemical sciences.[19]
Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

Biological Abstracts
Cambridge Structural Database
Ceramic Abstracts
Chemical Abstracts Service
Chemistry Citation Index
Current Chemical Reactions Database
Current Contents/ Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences
Inorganic Crystal Structure Database
Inspec
ISI Chemistry Reaction Center
Medline
Metals Abstracts/METADEX
Materials Science Citation Index
Reaction Citation Index
Research Alert
Science Citation Index
Science Citation Index Expanded
SCISEARCH
Scopus

Acta Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology
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Discipline

Crystallography
Biochemistry

Language English
Edited by

J. L. Martin
R. J. Read
S. Wakatsuki

Publication details
Former name(s)
Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography
History 1993–present
Publisher IUCr/Wiley
Frequency Monthly
Open access
Hybrid
Impact factor
2.512 (2015)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4 Acta Crystallogr. D
Indexing
CODEN ACSDAD
ISSN 2059-7983
Links

Journal homepage

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.[20] 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.[21] 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.
Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

Biochemistry and Biophysics Citation Index
Biological Abstracts
BIOSIS Previews
Cambridge Structural Database
Ceramic Abstracts
Chemical Abstracts Service
Chemistry Citation Index
Current Contents/ Life Sciences
Inorganic Crystal Structure Database
Inspec
Medline
Metals Abstracts/METADEX
Nucleic Acid Database
Protein Data Bank
Research Alert
Science Citation Index
Science Citation Index Expanded
SCISEARCH
Scopus

Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications
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Discipline Crystallography
Language English
Edited by

W. T. A. Harrison
H. Stoecki-Evans
L. Van Meervelt
Syed Adnan Jaffer

Publication details
Former name(s)
Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online
History 2001-present
Publisher IUCr/Wiley
Frequency Monthly
Open access
Yes
Impact factor
0.347 (2011)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4 Acta Crystallogr. E
Indexing
CODEN ACSECI
ISSN 2056-9890
Links

Journal homepage

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.[22] Since 2012, Acta Crystallogr. E has not been included in the Science Citation Index.
Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

Cambridge Structural Database
Ceramic Abstracts
Chemical Abstracts Service
Emerging Sources Citation Index
Inorganic Crystal Structure Database
Inspec
Medline
Metals Abstracts/METADEX
Scopus

Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications
Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications Bigactaf.gif
Discipline Crystallography
Language English
Edited by

Z. Dauter
W. N. Hunter
M. S. Weiss

Publication details
Former name(s)
Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications
History 2005–present
Publisher IUCr/Wiley
Frequency Monthly
Open access
Hybrid
Impact factor
0.647 (2015)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4 Acta Crystallogr. F
Indexing
CODEN ACSFEN
ISSN 2053-230X
Links

Journal homepage

Acta Crystallographica Section F is a rapid structural biology communications journal. It publishes short papers on biological structures and any aspects of structural biology.[23]
Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

Biochemistry and Biophysics Citation Index
Biological Abstracts
BIOSIS Previews
Chemical Abstracts Service
Medline
Nucleic Acid Database
Protein Data Bank
Science Citation Index Expanded
Scopus

References

Ewald, P. P. (1948). "Editorial Preface". Acta Crystallographica. 1: 1. doi:10.1107/S0365110X48000016.
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. PMC 4894614. PMID 27805171. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
Cruickshank, D. W. J. (1998). "Aspects of the History of the International Union of Crystallography". Acta Crystallographica A. 54 (6): 687–696. doi:10.1107/s0108767398011477.
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Authier, Andre (2009). "60 years of IUCr journals". Acta Crystallographica Section A. 65 (3): 167–182. Bibcode:2009AcCrA..65..167A. doi:10.1107/S0108767309007235. PMID 19349661.
Cruickshank, D. W. J. (1998). "Aspects of the History of the International Union of Crystallography". Acta Crystallographica A. 54 (6): 687–696. doi:10.1107/s0108767398011477.
Authier, André (2000). "Editorial: New developments for Acta Crystallographica Section A" (PDF). A56 (1): e1. doi:10.1107/S0108767399015871.
Ferguson, George (January 2001). "Editorial: New developments for Acta Crystallographica Section C". Acta Crystallographica Section C. 57 (1): 1. doi:10.1107/S0108270100020424.
Harrison, W.T.A; Simpson, J.; Weil, M. (2009). "Structure Reports Online : successful transition to open access". Acta Crystallogr. E. 65 (2): e9–e10. doi:10.1107/S1600536808042979. PMC 2968125. PMID 21581737.
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. PMC 2222575.
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"Acta crystallographica. Section B, Structural crystallography and crystal chemistry". United States National Library of Medicine catalog. NCBI, NLM, United States National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
"Acta crystallographica. Section B, Structural science". United States National Library of Medicine catalog. NCBI, NLM, United States National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
"Acta crystallographica Section B, Structural science, crystal engineering and materials". United States National Library of Medicine catalog. NCBI, NLM, United States National Institutes of Health. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
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Baker, Ted (January 2003). "Changing of the guard". Acta Crystallogr. D. 59 (1): 1. doi:10.1107/S090744490202245X. PMID 12499532.
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"Acta Crystallographica Section F".

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