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JSB Special Issue on Outcomes of the Map and Model Challenges

We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Structural Biology has agreed to produce a special issue on the 2016 Map and Model Challenges.

For those planning to submit a manuscript, here are the particulars:

Submission Format and Guidelines

All submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and contain only original work which has not been published by or is currently under review for any other journal or conference. A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide to Authors” at:

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier Editorial System (EES). Select VSI:2016 CryoEM Challenges when you reach the Article Type step in the submission process. This will ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue.

We have been advised that there will be no publication charges to authors, and use of color figures will be free. In addition, Elsevier has agreed to give the entire issue promotional free access during the 1st 6 months following publication.

The earliest submission date will be February 1, 2018. The final submission deadline is March 1, 2018.

The EES submission site is located at:

Please refer to the journal's Guide for Authors for specific advice on how to prepare your paper.

All papers will be peer-reviewed by three independent reviewers. 

Requests for additional information should be addressed to the guest editors, Wah Chiu and Cathy Lawson.


EMDataBank Validation Challenges are supported by NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences

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