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The crystallographic information file (CIF)

Alexander Blake

in Crystal Structure Analysis

Second edition

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780199219469
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191722516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219469.003.0020

Series: International Union of Crystallography Texts on Crystallography

The crystallographic information file (CIF)

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The CIF is a universally recognised file format for transmission, archive, and retrieval of crystal structure results. It is based on a published and maintained specification, the basic points of which are described together with some definitions of terms, and advice on using the standard correctly and effectively. Uses of the CIF are outlined: a local archive of results, a standard format for information transfer between crystallographers, the standard method of providing full results for a journal publication, the preferred way of depositing results in databases, an input for computer programs processing structural results. Programs are available for generating, editing, checking, validating and processing CIF.

Keywords: CIF; Crystallographic Information File; archive; publication; databases; validation

Chapter.  2489 words. 

Subjects: Crystallography

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