Improving the accessibility of crystallographic data in Hindawi publications

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Written by

Matt Lightfoot

Posted on

July 31, 2020

We are delighted to announce we have started a new initiative with Hindawi Limited to help accelerate the availability of data. We are always looking for new ways to improve the accessibility of the data in the CSD and to ensure that crystallographic data is available to researchers worldwide at the point of publication.

Our partnerships and collaborations with publishers are key in helping us achieve this aim and we are therefore delighted to have started this new initiative with Hindawi. CCDC’s aim to advance structural science for public benefit fits perfectly with Hindawi’s mission to maximize the impact of scientific research through openness and global collaboration. The first structures associated with a Hindawi journal in the CSD can be found in the 1990s and today 30 different Hindawi journals have associated data stored at the CCDC. In 2017 we worked with Hindawi to help update their author guidelines to strongly encourage authors to share their data through the CCDC to maximize the transparency and reuse of their findings. This new initiative goes one step further and will enable links to the data stored at the CCDC to be added to publications so readers have immediate access to the structural data.


A lead chalcogenide complex CSD Refcode LUYJUN (, that was published in Hindawi’s Journal of Chemistry earlier this month by Nathaniel Owusu Boadi et al.


Dr Thomas Faust, the Publisher for the physical science journals at Hindawi who has been pivotal in establishing this new initiative, said “We are delighted to enable the accelerated release of the crystal structures in the CSD related to our published articles. Making rapid connections between research outputs is critical for enhancing their discoverability and this initiative is part of our wider drive to maximize the openness and availability of data for the benefit of the research community”.

These advances mean that Hindawi journal readers can access and use crystallographic data much more conveniently and quickly, and that users of the CSD can benefit from quicker inclusion of new structures into the database through an automated workflow. We are looking forward to continuing our very fruitful relationship with Hindawi and helping researchers worldwide learn more from the wealth of data being published.

For further information about Hindawi and our collaboration see the article on the Hindawi website.