|The IUCr is an International Scientific Union. 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 International Year of Crystallography in 2014 is a perfect opportunity for the International Union of Crystallography to refurbish all of its journals and publishing activities. Not least, significant changes are under way at Acta Crystallographica Section C. The subtitle of the journal has been changed to Structural Chemistry and the scope widened to reflect the fact that small-molecule crystallography undeniably plays a crucial role in most aspects of the chemical sciences. Section C now specializes in the rapid publication of articles that highlight interesting science and research enabled by the determination, calculation or analysis of small-molecule crystal and molecular structures, with a view to how the structural observations help the understanding of a chemical, physical or structural question being investigated.
In order to inaugurate the new scope of the journal and demonstrate to readers and potential authors the types of papers that the journal is keen to attract, the journal has published four special issues over the last few months and we are very excited about the quality and breadth of papers in these issues.
The first issue was on Scorpionates (Guest Editor: Dr Glenn P. A. Yap, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Delaware, USA; September 2013) and included contributions from some of the best authors in the field of this chemically important family of prolific and work-horse ligands wherein the structure has a palpable effect on reactivity.
The next special issue was titled Pharmaceuticals, drug discovery and natural products (Guest Editor: Professor Christopher S. Frampton, Pharmorphix, Cambridge, England; November 2013) and addressed and discussed the timeless questions of polymorphism, stereochemistry and H-atom position. The structural data presented originates not just from X-ray analyses, but also from NMR and computational studies, thus demonstrating the widened scope of the journal.
The effort on refocusing the journal in 2013 culminated in the third special issue, on Interplay of crystallography, spectroscopy and theoretical methods for solving chemical problems (Guest Editors: Professor Larry Falvello, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, and Professor Alberto Albinati, Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy; December 2013). This issue presented research articles and scientific comments demonstrating that the vast utility of structure determination is manifest in other techniques in addition to single-crystal diffraction analysis, and that a description of structure can derive immense leverage from physical measurements and computational modelling.
The turn of the year saw the move to full electronic publication for Section C and the journal launch fully into its science-facing mission as an outlet for research in structural chemistry in its broadest sense. The most recent special issue, on Computational materials discovery (Guest Editor: Professor Artem Oganov, Center for Materials by Design, State University of New York, USA; February 2014), highlights the two most important breakthroughs of this field, i.e. crystal structure prediction and electronic structure calculations, and their applications to specific problems of materials science.
These four exciting special issues contain excellent papers covering a variety of topics in structural chemistry and herald a new identity for Acta Crystallographica Section C, one underpinned by structural work but with interest in and eyes on all chemical fields where this work plays a significant role. The papers are expected to be highly cited and you are now invited to continue the surge of Section C to the forefront of structural chemistry by submitting your own papers in the style of those represented in these special issues.Anthony Linden
The tenth Ewald Prize has been awarded to Professors A. Janner and T.W.J.M. Janssen (both from the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands) for the development of superspace crystallography and its application to the analysis of aperiodic crystals.
The presentation of the Ewald Prize will be made during the Montreal Congress Opening Ceremony on 5 August 2014.
For a list of papers by Professor Janner appearing in IUCr journals click here.
For a list of papers by Professor Janssen appearing in IUCr journals click here.
As part of the celebrations of the International Year of Crystallography 2014, the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) is pleased to support the SESAME project by providing free online access to IUCr Journals for the period 2014 to 2016, inclusive. This will allow access to
On receiving the news from the IUCr, SESAME Scientific Director, Professor Giorgio Paolucci, commented, "On behalf of the SESAME community, I am very grateful to the International Union of Crystallography for providing access to these journals, I am sure that at this point in time scientific programs at SESAME will benefit greatly from this generous opportunity". Professor Samar Hasnain, Editor-in-Chief of IUCr Journals, added, "The availability of these nine journals to the SESAME staff as part of the International Year of Crystallography activities is a positive contribution from the Union to this very special project". Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, President of the SESAME Council said, "SESAME greatly appreciates and needs the goodwill and support the project is receiving from round the world, at a time when political turbulence in the Middle East is making scientific collaboration across borders harder but even more desirable".
The IUCr (http://www.iucr.org) is an International Scientific Union. 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 United Nations has declared that 2014 will be the official International Year of Crystallography (http://www.iycr2014.org).
SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East; http://www.sesame.org.jo) is a "third-generation" synchrotron light source under construction in Allan, Jordan. Being developed under the auspices of UNESCO, SESAME will be the Middle East's first major international research centre, and is scheduled to come into full operation in late 2015/early 2016. As an intergovernmental scientific and technological centre of excellence open to all scientists from the Middle East and elsewhere, SESAME will serve as a propeller for the scientific, technical and economic development of the region, and will strengthen collaboration in science.
Zeitschrift für Kristallographie is offering free on-line access to articles until June 30th, 2014.
Please visit http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/zkri and register now.