PDBx/mmCIF data files to include PI information
wwPDB continues to support research, education, and drug discovery worldwide. Open access to PDB data has helped researchers in structure-guided discovery and development of anti-coronavirus drugs, vaccines and neutralizing antibodies. When researchers analyze existing PDB structures, such as working on a similar structure, they may often need additional information impossible to retrieve from the PDB entry file alone. In particular, it is not possible to obtain a point of contact in cases where there is no associated primary publication for an entry.
Following a recommendation from the IUCr Commission on Biological Macromolecules and the IUCr Committee on Data, wwPDB will make public the PI name, email address, and ORCiD ID for initial PDB depositions or re-submissions made, starting September 24, 2021. This will enable contact with the authors of every released PDB structure as of that date. This release will also align the PDB with the standard practices of providing corresponding author information by scientific journals
The dated acceptance of these PDB Terms and Conditions described above will be captured within the OneDep system. The responsible depositor who creates the deposition should make entry PI(s) aware of the policy change to include PI name, email address, and ORCiD in public PDBx/mmCIF files.