Word templates and tools for Windows

The IUCr Word templates utilize the content management features and document styles of Word to format your manuscript and to store essential details for submission of your manuscript.

The template is also packaged with tools to access external resources, either online (e.g. the World Directory of Crystallographers) or locally (e.g. a personal database of author details collected during use of the template).

In addition, tools are provided to:

  • prepare tables of experimental and geometric data from a CIF
  • prepare tables of experimental data from an mmCIF
  • prepare tables of experimental data for a structure in the Protein Data Bank

The templates and tools are bundled in an installation wizard. Please ensure that Word is not running when you run the installer.

For older Word versions (97–2003), a 'compatibility' version (which has two toolbar buttons, 'IUCr authors' and 'IUCr tables', instead of the IUCr tab interface depicted above), can be downloaded here.

Getting started

To create a new document, use the start menu shortcut (Programs > IUCr > Tools > Word templates) or desktop icon created during installation.

You will be prompted to select a journal and then the type of article, after which the appropriate template will be opened in Word.

If you are writing an article based on structural data you will be able to produce tables of experimental data automatically. Using 'table tools' you will be able to populate the tables with data extracted from:

  • a CIF on your file system
  • an mmCIF on your file system
  • a structure deposited in the Protein Data Bank

Once the document has been created, you can enter and edit the author details using the 'Author details' data collection tool, which will:

  • format the author details according to journal style in your document
  • store the data as XML within your document
  • store the data as XML in a local database for future use

Storing the data as XML records within the document facilitates its automatic retrieval upon submission.

To maintain the integrity of the stored data, please ensure that wherever possible the Word tools are installed when the document is edited.

The rest of your article can be written in the usual manner, applying specific styles to format the document. The most important styles are the heading styles as these not only define the article's structure visually, but facilitate processing of the document once submitted.


If you receive security warnings when opening the template (or even just see a blank page), you may have to modify the Trust Center settings for Word, accessible from the main options menu, accessed using the Office button (Word 2007) or the File tab (Word 2010).

Your Trusted Locations may have to be modified to add the path to the actual template (iucrpubltools_wm.dotm or iucrpubltools_compat.dot, located in the folder <Application Data> / Microsoft / Templates, where <Application Data> is the local path used for your documents and settings).

Your Macro Settings may also need to be adjusted to enable the macros to run.