PDB Focus: Deposition and Release Policies
Guidelines for the deposition of coordinate and experimental data have been set by the IUCr, IUPAC-IUBMB-IUPAB, the NIH, and the journals. These policies are detailed at deposit.pdb.org/#release.
Depending upon the hold status selected by the depositor, data
release occurs when a depositor gives approval (REL), the hold
date has expired (HOLD), or the journal article has been published
As of May 6, 2003 (www.rcsb.org/pdb/pdb_news2003.html#hpub),
there is a one-year limit on the length of a hold period, including
HPUBs. If the citation for a structure is not published within the
one-year period, depositors will be given the option to either
release or withdraw the deposition.
Detailed deposition and release information is available at deposit.pdb.org/#release.