ACS Publications is pleased to announce our continued partnership with the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC), enabling improved processing of CIF files for The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Starting on October 6th, all authors submitting new manuscripts or manuscript revisions will encounter the new CIF workflow. Adding the new CIF workflow to JOC is a natural extension after this workflow was successfully adopted by Crystal Growth & Design in 2016, and Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Letters, and Organometallics in 2017.
The purpose of the workflow is to provide authors with one location for CIF submission that ensures a single version of record and minimizes errors, provides validation of the data prior to publication, provides easy access to the data during review by editors and peer reviewers, and facilitates improved visualization of the data without the need for specialized software. At publication, readers can access the data from the article level page, pdf, or HTML with only one click, making the CIF files more readily discoverable.
A partnership between the CCDC and FIZ Karlsruhe has further ensured that readers are able to access inorganic, organic, and metal-organic CIF files from a single access point, and the relevant structures will be curated into the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) or Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) as appropriate.
JOC Editor-in-Chief Scott J. Miller stated, ”We are all very enthusiastic about these new workflows, as they should make studies of the crystallographic data in JOC papers easier and more impactful for all.”
Changes to the CIF Workflow
These changes to the CIF workflow apply to all inorganic, organic, and metal-organic structures that are accommodated by the CSD or the ICSD:
- CIF files and structure factor data must be deposited with CCDC via the CCDC’s CIF deposition service prior to submission with the participating ACS Publications.
- CIF files deposited with the CCDC should NOT be uploaded in ACS Paragon Plus at submission.
- checkCIF files are required and should be generated during CIF deposition at CCDC and uploaded as Supporting Information for Review Only in ACS Paragon Plus.
- Authors should defend/respond to A and/or B level alerts in their cover letter (as required by the individual journal) and these may be added to the CIF during CIF deposition at CCDC.
- All revised CIF files should be uploaded to CCDC only and the changes should be communicated to the journal office at revision.
To learn about the process in more detail, read the full requirements document. We look forward to the improved processing ACS Publications will provide to its authors, reviewers, and readers!