The IUCr is a scientific union adhering to the International Council for Science (ICSU). Its objectives are to promote international cooperation in crystallography and to contribute to all aspects of crystallography, to promote international publication of crystallographic research, to facilitate standardization of methods, units, nomenclatures and symbols, and to form a focus for the relations of crystallography to other sciences.
The IUCr fulfils these objectives by publishing in print and electronically primary scientific journals through Crystallography Journals Online, the series of reference volumes International Tables for Crystallography, distributing the quarterly IUCr Newsletter, maintaining the online World Directory/Database of Crystallographers, awarding the Ewald Prize and organising the triennial Congress and General Assembly.
In response to a call for input on Open Access to the 31st General Assembly of ICSU in 2014, Professor John Helliwell, IUCr Representative to ICSTI and CODATA, has drawn up two briefing papers, available from this page.
In response to the prospectus for a multi-stakeholder Global Information Commons for Science Initiative, the IUCr has prepared a formal statement for submission by its Representatives to the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI). This response and a position paper providing further details of the response are available from this web site.
In response to the public invitation to submit evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee inquiry into scientific publications, the IUCr contributed a written submission Publishing Crystallography Journals in the Electronic Environment that summarises the Union's current practice and policy in the production and distribution of primary research journals.