Our CSD Leaderboard is a fun competition and the scoring relates to a number of different parameters for your structures in the CSD – so it is not an indication of the number of structures or the quality of your data.

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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).


What is the CSD Leaderboard based on?

For our CSD Leaderboard calculation you receive 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



13th - 17th December 2021

While listening to all that Spotify, were you in the lab? Get a summary of the structures you published in the CSD during 2021 - results are based on the 2021.3 desktop release.

From 13th to 17th December, join us on Twitter or Instagram to take part.

You must have published data in the CSD during 2021 which has been curated into the latest 2021.3 release. Follow #CSDWrapped2021 to see the results.


Click the Twitter logo below to tweet us and take part!


Tweet: Hey @ccdc_cambridge - what's my #CSDWrapped2021? My publishing name is ...

(How it works: https://ctt.ac/sK4Ra+ )
#chemtwitter #crystallography


IUCr Congress 2021 CSD-Leaderboard

14th - 22nd August 2021


To take part:

To take part in this competition tell us your publishing name (initials and surname) using the instructions below. We will then calculate your score and add your name to our leaderboard. Our leaderboard has been pre-populated with some of our CCDC attendees so your challenge is to try see how your score compares.

  • You need to visit our virtual stand at the IUCr Congress meeting and let us know your publishing name (initials and surname)
  • Or Tweet us your publishing name including #CSDLeaderboard and @ccdc_cambridge in the tweet
  • You need to be listed as an author on one or more structures in the CSD


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!