Dr. José M. Martín García (IQFR) is currently editing an special issue along with Prof. Marc Messerschmidt (Arizona State University, USA) and Dr. Jeney Wierman (SSRL, USA) on novel structural studies of coronavirus proteins.

Dear Colleagues,

During the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic’s severity refocused many scientific efforts to research related to SARS-CoV-2. Large facilities worldwide, such as synchrotrons and XFELs, dedicated overwhelming time and energy to this exceptional and ongoing story. The focused timeline and scope of COVID-19 related research will certainly be remembered as an historic effort across many scientific fields, including that of structural biology. Structural studies have shown to be critical in identifying important features for COVID-19 research, and highlighting these studies is a particular motivation for this Special Issue of Crystals. We hope that this serves as a celebration of the contributions from crystallographers worldwide to COVID-19-related research.

Thus, the main goal of this Special Issue, “Novel Structural Studies of Coronavirus Proteins”, will be to gather both research and review articles from experts in the field (chemists, biologists, physicists, and structural biologists), with the ultimate goal of creating an international platform that provides with rich and reference information on the latest advances and exciting discoveries in the field of X-ray crystallography at synchrotrons and XFELs towards understanding the functioning of SARS-CoV-2 to advance develop new drug treatments and vaccines against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.