Open Access in a Good Journal: A science publication at last!

I’ve had my rant about Open Access publishing, and now I’ve published in one.  Having said that, IUCrJ is the flagship open-access journal of the IUCr, the world peak body for crystallography, so it is rather different to being cold-called (well, emailed) by some recently established dodgy publisher.

The article, at  http://dx.doi.org/10.1107/S205225251402065X, is titled ‘Diffuse scattering and partial disorder in complex structures’. It was commissioned as part of the 2014 International Year of Crystallography, and I hope it outlines the history, state of the art, and value of the diffuse scattering technique, something I have talked about before, probably too much.  The main benefit of this one is the open access, which means that anyone can have a look at it.

Here’s a picture:

Paracetamol diffuse.

The 0kl layer of reciprocal space for one of the polymorphs of paracetamol, the common painkiller. An arbitrary, false-colour map of some diffuse scattering to add colour to a blog post.

Since the article is open access, I won’t write a whole lot about it, except to say that the historical part is mostly (entirely) the work of Richard Welberry, and I don’t think the history of this subfield has really be captured before by such an expert practitioner as he, so it is worth a read even if the more technical part of the article is of less interest.

It was written in LaTeX of course.

 

As if.

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I'm a scientist by training, based in Australia.

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