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Recent trends in crystallography – a current IUCr journals perspective



Andrew J. Allen


The International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) publishes papers in nine scientific journals, including its high-impact, cross-cutting open-access journal, IUCrJ, plus its data publication, IUCrData. Where are these papers cited? To what degree are papers in IUCrJ cited other IUCr journals, and vice-versa? What trends in crystallography can be discerned from either this or other information? In this Editorial, I attempt to provide some answers based on a brief survey of the most cited papers published since the beginning of 2018 in IUCrJ, as well as in the other IUCr journals. None of these papers yet contribute to IUCr journal performance metrics such as impact factor – but they will do so.


crystallography, X-ray scattering, neutron scattering, X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, electron diffraction


Allen, A. (2019), Recent trends in crystallography – a current IUCr journals perspective, IUCrJ, [online], (Accessed June 13, 2024)


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Created October 31, 2019, Updated September 27, 2020