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New Reference QuickView from the American Chemical Society places essential information at the fingertips of chemists worldwide

August  15th,   2012

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2012 — ACS Publications and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the information divisions of the American Chemical Society (ACS), announced jointly today the introduction of Reference QuickView, a dynamic new feature powered by CAS’ SciFinder® that enables readers of web content to view directly the text of abstracts linked to bibliographic citations within an ACS Publications journal article or book chapter.

Reference QuickView enables readers viewing the full-text HTML version of an ACS article to scan abstracts from the broader literature, across millions of citations drawn from a broad array of scientific disciplines covered by CAS. Navigational features facilitate quick review of an article’s references and corresponding abstracts. Links to the Reference QuickView display are placed conveniently in-line within footnotes found in the article text.

Abstract content is drawn from across the chemical literature from publications before 1907 to the present, as indexed by scientists at CAS. Reference QuickView is available for research articles and book chapters published since 2010, across the ACS portfolio of 41 high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarly journals and ACS Symposium Series books.

Researchers using Reference QuickView can dig deeper into the research literature by selecting “View Full Text Options” to access the full text of the cited reference, or they can choose “More from SciFinder®” for a pathway to the corresponding CAS Reference Detail page, where they can discover more about substances, reactions, related structures, patents and other specifics. A video highlighting the key benefits and functionality of Reference QuickView can be found on ACS Publications’ YouTube channel via the following URL: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyYP_1fCRCo.

“This new streamlined browsing experience is a unique benefit of the ACS Web Editions platform. We view this as an important step forward for ACS Publications, and a significant benefit to the millions of researchers that visit ACS Journals each month,” said Jonathan Morgan, director of Digital Strategy & Platform Development. “Providing expanded, immediate access to information that aids scientists in the discovery process, and facilitates their ability to quickly assess the relevance of a paper, is a priority for our web development and IT teams. It’s also another example of the power behind ACS Publications’ partnership with CAS and SciFinder®, and what those collaborative efforts can offer to the broader chemistry enterprise.”

Reference QuickView is just one of the many powerful, collaborative features that have been co-developed by ACS Publications and CAS. Other examples in recent years have included article-level substance, reaction and patent links to SciFinder® from ACS articles, CA Section subject tagging for ACS articles, and the appearance of ACS Journal TOC graphics and reaction narratives within SciFinder®.

“Chemists and other scientists around the world rely on SciFinder® every day to explore research covered in the CAS databases, the most complete, authoritative collection of disclosed chemistry information. The new Reference QuickView feature is another ACS advancement that helps scientists leverage the unique combination of the prestigious chemistry journals from ACS enhanced with information from SciFinder®,” added Kirk Schwall, director of SciFinder® Product Development.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 164,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. The ACS Publications Division currently publishes 41 leading peer-reviewed journals in the chemical and related sciences, including the flagship Journal of the American Chemical Society, as well as Chemical & Engineering News, the Society’s weekly newsmagazine. ACS peer-reviewed research journals, regarded as the most trusted, most cited and most read publications in their respective fields, can be found at http://pubs.acs.org.

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, is the world’s authority for chemical information. CAS is the only organization in the world whose objective is to find, collect and organize all publicly disclosed substance information. A team of global scientists curates and controls the quality of its databases, which are recognized by chemical and pharmaceutical companies, universities, government organizations and patent offices around the world as authoritative. By combining these databases with advanced search and analysis technologies (SciFinder® and STN®), CAS delivers the most current, complete, secure and interlinked digital information environment for scientific discovery. Learn more at www.cas.org

Michael Woods
202-872-6293
m_woods@acs.org

Chris McCue, CAS
614-447-3624
cas-pr@cas.org 

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