Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence


Annex

SUMMARY OF THE IUCR'S JOURNAL PUBLISHING ACTIVITIES

  Administrative Office:  The Executive Secretary, IUCr, 2 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU

  Publishing Office:  The Managing Editor, IUCr, 5 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU

  Editorial and administrative staff (full-time equivalent):  16

  Research and Development staff:  4

  Turnover from sales of journals and books in 2002: CHF 4.1 M (the IUCr, as an international scientific union, is domiciled in Geneva and presents its accounts in Swiss francs)

  The journals of the International Union of Crystallography are produced by the IUCr in Chester and published by Blackwell Munksgaard. The print editions of the journals are distributed by Blackwell Publishing in Oxford, while electronic editions of all IUCr journals are available via Crystallography Journals Online (http://journals.iucr.org).

  The IUCr has published journals since 1948. Seven titles are currently published:

  Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations of Crystallography

  Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science

  Acta Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications

  Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography

  Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online

  Journal of Applied Crystallography

  Journal of Synchrotron Radiation

  The journals provide HTML and PDF for each current article. Other features include:

    —  complete text of all articles published from 1948 onwards

    —  full text, article title, keyword and author searching; links to World Directory of Crystallographers entries

    —  immediate access to supplementary data

    —  citation links to IUCr journals; ChemPort, CrossRef and Medline linking

    —  links to Cambridge Structural Database, Protein Data Bank and Nucleic Acid Database

    —  indexed by major bibliographic databases and Google

    —  3D views of all structures for which structural data are held

    —  e-mail alerting service

  The numbers of pages and papers published in the last three years are given in Table 1. The number of pages published in the journals has grown in recent years from approximately 7000 in 1995 to over 10,000 pages in 2003.

Table 1

PUBLICATION DETAILS 2001-03


2001
2002
2003
Pages
Papers
Pages
Papers
Pages
Papers

Acta Crystallographica Section A
803
103
630
102
628
83
Acta Crystallographica Section B
877
110
1,088
132
821
87
Acta Crystallographica Section C
1,504
545
1,570
535
1,482
482
Acta Crystallographica Section D
1,980
390
2,243
457
2,385
462
Acta Crystallographica Section E
1,998
800
2,374
922
3,419
1,305
Journal of Applied Crystallography
798
140
760
128
1,505
282
Journal of Synchrotron Radiation
1,255
376
413
93
475
108
Totals
9,215
2,464
9,078
2,369
10,715
2,809


QUALITY OF THE JOURNALS

  The journals are produced to the highest quality standards. The IUCr has an International Editorial Board of approximately 120 Editors, based in academic institutions worldwide. The Editor-in-Chief is Professor John Helliwell of the University of Manchester.

  All articles undergo a rigorous peer review process, managed by the academic editors. The journals are covered by the major abstracting and indexing services, including the Science Citation Index.

  The journals have taken a leading role in structural science to ensure that related data sets are checked and published. Over 1800 data sets associated with journal articles were published in 2003, and are freely available from Crystallography Journals Online. In fact, the IUCr has developed a structural checking service, checkCIF, for this purpose, which is increasingly used by other journal publishers to check their structural data.

  The impact factors for the journals for the period 1996-2002 are shown in Table 2.

Table 2

JOURNAL CITATION REPORT 1996-2002—IUCR JOURNALS*


* Acta Crystallographica Section E, launched in 2001, will receive its first impact factor during 2004.

  The journals are the leading journals in their field and appear consistently at the top of the ISI citation rankings for crystallography. This is illustrated in Table 3, which shows the ISI citation rankings for crystallography for 2001 and 2002.

Table 3

CRYSTALLOGRAPHY, SORTED BY IMPACT FACTOR


Ranking
2001
2002

1Journal of Applied Crystallography 2.58J MOL GRAPH MODEL 2.29
2Acta Crystallographica Section D 2.12CRYST GROWTH DES 2.19
3LIQ CRYST1.97 Acta Crystallographica Section B2.03
4Acta Crystallographica Section B 1.96Journal of Applied Crystallography 1.87
5Acta Crystallographica Section A 1.75Acta Crystallographica Section D 1.76
6Z KRISTALLOGR1.37 LIQ CRYST1.6
7J CRYST GROWTH1.28 J CRYST GROWTH1.53
8J MOL GRAPH MODEL1.21 Z KRISTALLOGR1.43
9POLYHEDRON1.2 Acta Crystallographica Section A1.42
10J INCL PHENOM MACRO 1.15POLYHEDRON1.41
11PHASE TRANSIT0.67 J INCL PHENOM MACRO0.99
12PROG CRYST GROWTH 0.62PROG CRYST GROWTH CH 0.7
13Acta Crystallographica Section C 0.57PHASE TRANSIT0.7
14CRYST RES TECHNOL 0.54Acta Crystallographica Section C 0.66
15MOL CRYST LIQ CRYST 0.46CRYSTALLOGR REP0.58
16CRYSTALLOGR REP0.41 CRYST RES TECHNOL0.51
17J CHEM CRYSTALLOGR 0.31MOL CRYST LIQ CRYST 0.46
18Z KRIST-NEW CRYST ST 0.28Z KRIST-NEW CRYST ST 0.38
19CHIN J STRUCT CHEM 0.18J CHEM CRYSTALLOGR0.36
20     CHIN J STRUCT CHEM0.32


  Finally, the journals are of wide interest to researchers in a number of scientific fields including chemistry, physics, materials science and structural biology.



 
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