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Acta Crystallographica Section F showcases structural genomics publications

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The application of high-throughput methods to structural biology has generated an abundance of new macromolecular structures. In order to help ease the resultant publication backlog, Acta Crystallographica Section F now offers a special publication strategy to showcase these structures and the experiments upon which they are based. The first example was published in December 2009 and contained eight papers from the RIKEN-UK structural genomics consortium in a special section of the journal.

More recently (October 2010), the journal published a special issue that focuses exclusively on 35 structures, grouped into context, from the Protein Structure Initiative Joint Center for Structural Genomics. The issue, which is open access, is available from This milestone publication has been enthusiastically welcomed by the community, and new requests and proposals for further special issues and special sections are under consideration.

For more information, please contact the Editors, Howard Einspahr ( or Manfred Weiss (