Our CSDLeaderboard is a fun competition we run at some of the crystallography events worldwide where we calculate a score based on the structures you have authored in the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). It is just for fun and the scoring relates to a number of different parameters – so it is not an indication of the number of structures or the quality of your data. To take part you need to be at the event where we are running the CSD Leaderboard, you need to be listed as an author on one or more structures in the CSD and you need to tell us your publication name. Since the score incorporates a number of different metrics, any CSD author has a chance of winning so do not let lack of experience put you off!

How does it work?

We use the CSD Python API to search the CSD for structures linked to your name. We then assess those structures on a number of different parameters such as the number of different elements, the R-factor, etc to calculate a score. You get bonus points too! (e.g. if you have published CSD Communications).

Global UGM 2020

Instructions to take part:

To take part in this competition tell us your publishing name (initials and surname) in one of the Global UGM chat channels on GoToMeeting and use #CSDLeaderboard in the message. We will then calculate your score and add your name to our leaderboard. Our leaderboard has been pre-populated with some of our speaker names so your challenge is to try see how your score compares.

What is the Global UGM CSD Leaderboard based on?

For our Global UGM CSD Leaderboard calculation you recieve points based on:

  • The total number of structures in the CSD
  • The number of different space groups
  • Your lowest R Factor structure
  • The number of different elements
  • Having published a CSD Communication
  • Having  structures in the CSD Drug Subset
  • Having structures in the CSD MOF Subset
  • Having a structure containing a metal
  • Having a structure containing an F-block element
  • % of structures where a crystal colour was reported


Past CSD Leaderboards

A graphic showing the CSD Leaderboard