Crystallographic Information File
From Online Dictionary of Crystallography
A standard file format for the exchange and archiving of crystallographic data, developed by the International Union of Crystallography in 1991 and used as the basis for submission of crystal structure reports to journals and databases. The format is based on the Self-Defining Text Archive and Retrieval (STAR) File of Hall (1991).
The principles developed for the Crystallographic Information File remain an important component of an expanded Crystallographic Information Framework that promotes standardised interchange of crystallographic data through a growing number of protocols and specifications.
Hall, S. R. (1991). The STAR file: a new format for electronic data transfer and archiving. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ci00002a020 J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Sci. 31, 326-333.
Hall, S. R., Allen, F. H. & Brown, I. D. (1991). The Crystallographic Information File (CIF): a new standard archive file for crystallography. Acta Cryst. A47, 655-685. (See also HTML version at http://www.iucr.org/iucr-top/cif/standard/cifstd1.html.)
International Tables for Crystallography, Volume G