The PDB in JBC
Today, most scientific journals require authors to deposit structural data in the PDB, but that was not always the case. The Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) was a pioneer in promoting open access; editors encouraged authors to deposit their structures as early as 1977 and made deposition a requirement for publication in 1989.
As the PDB celebrates its 50th anniversary, JBC has published more structures than any other journal. Highlighting its synergy with the PDB, JBC assembled a collection of JBC Reviews celebrating the scientific areas that have been profoundly touched by the creation of the PDB, and a virtual issue collecting JBC articles that describe a few classic structures and most highly cited papers. These JBC reviews were assembled by Lila Gierasch (JBC) and Helen Berman (Guest Editor).