Our goal in preparing Volume F of International Tables is to produce a comprehensive, yet concise, reference work for macromolecular crystallography. This first International Tables volume devoted to macromolecular crystallography is intended to complement the existing volumes as well as other reference materials pertinent to modern structural biology. The emergence of Volume F recognises the increasing size and vitality of the field of macromolecular crystallography. It is hoped that this volume will be particularly useful for at least 10 to 12 years.
Volume F will cover the theory and practice of macromolecular crystallography with an estimated total of 700 pages. In addition, there will be surveys of the principles of macromolecular structure and of commonly used macromolecular crystallographic program systems. Approximately 100 authors have accepted invitations to write 95 articles in a total of 27 chapters. Two advisors and an international Advisory Board consisting of 27 members have assisted in the planning of the volume. A web site at the IUCr Offices at Chester (address: http://www.iucr.org/~commit/itf/) has been set up to facilitate inter-author communication during the preparation of the volume. The volume will include numerous figures in colour and a CD ROM version will be produced to provide electronic access to the volume and accompanying materials.
As of January 1999, manuscripts have been received for approximately three-quarters of the projected articles in the volume. The papers are reviewed for scientific content and overall consistency of style and expression; completed manuscripts following revisions are sent to the IUCr offices in Chester. The overall quality of the contributions received is very high. We anticipate that most articles will have been completed by the time of the Glasgow Congress and hope that Volume F will be completed and published in 2000.
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