Request for Open publication of crystallographic data in Elsevier's Tetrahedron

=========== Open letter to editors of Tetrahedron ==========
Professor L. Ghosez ,
Professor Lin Guo-Qiang ,
Professor T. Lectka ,
Professor S.F. Martin ,
Professor W.B. Motherwell ,
Professor R.J.K. Taylor ,
Professor K. Tomioka
Subj: Request for Open publication of crystallographic data in Tetrahedron
Dear editors,
I have recently been reviewing access to supplemental data in chemistry publications, in particular crystallographic data (“CIFs”). Many publishers (IUCr, RSC, ACS…) expose these on their websites as Open Data (for examples see: The data are acknowledged not to be copyrightable (see where your colleague Jennifer Jones (copied) has confirmed:

Dear Peter Murray-Rust
Thanks for your email.  Data is not copyrighted.  If you are reusing the entire presentation of the data, then you have to seek permission, otherwise, you can use the data without seeking our permission.
Yours sincerely
Jennifer Jones
Rights Assistant
Global Rights Department
Elsevier Ltd
PO Box 800
Oxford OX5 1GB
Tel: + 44 (1) 865 843830
Fax: +44 (1) 865 853333

Other Elsevier journals such as those publishing thermochemistry (see last blog post)  are now actively making the supplemental data Openly available on the journal website. I am therefore asking whether Tetrahedron (and perhaps other Elsevier chemistry journals) might consider publishing their data Openly in this way and would be grateful for your views.
(This is an Open letter ( and I would like to publish your reply so please mark any confidential material as such).
Thank you for considering this
Peter Murray-Rust
Unilever Centre for Molecular Sciences Informatics
University of Cambridge,
Lensfield Road,  Cambridge CB2 1EW, UK
=========== Open letter to editors of Tetrahedron ==========

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