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Title: Timely deposition of macromolecular structures is necessary for peer review

Deposition of crystallographic structures should be concurrent with or prior to manuscript submission for peer review, enabling validation and increasing reliability of the PDB. Most of the macromolecular structures in the Protein Data Bank (PDB), which are used daily by thousands of educators and scientists alike, are determined by X-ray crystallography. It was examined whether the crystallographic models and data were deposited to the PDB at the same time as the publications that describe them were submitted for peer review. This condition is necessary to ensure pre-publication validation and the quality of the PDB public archive. It was found that a significant proportion of PDB entries were submitted to the PDB after peer review of the corresponding publication started, and many were only submitted after peer review had ended. It is argued that clear description of journal policies and effective policing is important for pre-publication validation, which is key in ensuring the quality of the PDB and of peer-reviewed literature.
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. Netherlands Cancer Institute, Plesmanlaan 121, 1066 CX Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  2. Netherlands Cancer Institute, Plesmanlaan 121, 1066 CX, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22347801
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Acta Crystallographica. Section D: Biological Crystallography; Journal Volume: 69; Journal Issue: Pt 12; Other Information: PMCID: PMC3852646; PMID: 24311569; PUBLISHER-ID: dz5303; OAI: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:3852646; Copyright (c) Joosten et al. 2013; This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original authors and source are cited.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
Denmark
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; AUGMENTATION; CRYSTALLOGRAPHY; CRYSTALS; DEPOSITION; PROTEINS; RELIABILITY; VALIDATION