Request for the immediate availability of cryoEM maps sign now

CryoEM is an important tool to describe the structures of large macromolecules that currently escape standard X-ray crystallography and NMR techniques. Integrating cryoEM data with existing biochemical data and high-resolution structures of individual components is invaluable in the generation of high-resolution models of the intact complexes.

For the sake of progress of science, and for the sake of being able to test the validity of published articles on cryoEM structures, we request that all authors of new manuscripts describing cryoEM particle reconstruction deposit their maps in the Electron Microscopy Data Bank (EMDB) and have these maps released without restriction upon the date of publication.

In addition, we also request:

1. That all journals considering manuscripts describing cryoEM structures adopt the strictly enforced policy of not publishing the manuscript prior to deposition AND guaranteed public release of the cryoEM maps on the date of publication.

2. That the EMDB streamlines this process with the journals and does not allow for loopholes that can keep maps on hold even after publication.

3. That the authors of previously published cryoEM structures, for which the corresponding maps are currently not available in any database, deposit their maps for immediate release in the EMDB.

4. That potential reviewers of a manuscript describing a cryoEM structure make a strong point to the editors that the manuscript will not be reviewed unless it can be guaranteed that the corresponding maps would be released in the case of positive reviews.

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