Current Awareness Alerts User Guide

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  • What is a current awareness alert
  • Types of alerts available
  • Packages and alert delivery
  • Best practices
  • Examples
  • How to set up alerts
  • And more!

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Database News

SciSearch® on STN Now Includes New Fields for Finding Grant Information More Easily

On March 24, 2013, SciSearch on STN was enhanced with three new search and custom display fields for grant information:

  • Grant Funding Acknowledgment (GF): Sometimes also includes general acknowledgements, such as people in the lab who contributed support for the research.
  • Grant Organization (GO): Allows customers to create lists of grant funding organizations by disease or disorder name, or in a particular geographic area.
  • Grant Number (GN): Records which provide Grant Numbers can be found by searching GN in the Field Availability field (i.e., S GN/FA).
See the Search Tip of the Month for applications of this new data.

JAPIO Will No Longer Be Updated from March 2013 Onwards – Current JP Patent Publications Available in JPFULL

From March 2013 onwards, JAPIO, the patent database covering all unexamined patent applications in Japan (JPA-publications) since 1971, will no longer be updated. JAPIO will be kept as a closed database for the time being.

For searching current information on Japanese patent publications, users of JAPIO are recommended to change to JPFULL, the full-text patent database released on STN in October 2012. JPFULL covers unexamined patent applications, granted patents and utility models in Japan.

JPFULL makes Japanese patent documents available about 10 days after publication, usually with all bibliographic information as well as machine translated abstract and full text. The bibliographic data is the same as in JAPIO with these additional fields: Patent Assignee Number, Related Patent Information, as well as the CPC and EPC/ICO classifications. Title, patent assignee and inventor are also displayable in Japanese characters.

Abstracts in JPFULL are either machine translated or taken from equivalent documents if available. Machine translated abstracts of documents with kind code A are replaced by human translated text from JPO about three months later. The human translated JPO abstracts can be directly addressed in searches and SDI/alerts by adding “(L)JPO/AB” to the query.

Descriptions and claims are always machine translated. JPFULL offers the numeric property search feature, with numeric values of 55 physical and chemical properties in almost 1,800 unit variants searchable in all text fields.

First page images of JP-documents can be viewed on INPADOCDB.

Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) Added to USPATOLD on STN 

Effective March 24, 2013, STN now includes Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) search and display features, and a CPC thesaurus in USPATOLD. USPATOLD contains full-text and classifications of published U.S. patents issued between 1790-1975.

The addition of CPC data improves classification searching of U.S. patents for more than 50,000 records in USPATOLD lacking IPC data.

New CPC search fields include:

Search Field Description


Search and select a CPC code


Search using CPC metadata including:
- CPC codes applied for inventive aspects in a patent.
- CPC codes initially assigned to the patent vs. during a reclassification

In addition to CPC code custom displays in USPATOLD, new display capabilities include:

Display Field Description
CPC.TAB CPC codes and the available metadata per CPC code
CPC.UNIQ Deduplicated list of CPC codes for the patent family


The CPC thesaurus structure resembles IPC and ECLA patent classification thesauri on STN with monthly updates planned.

Need more information? Enter HELP CPC in USPATOLD or see CPC Search and Display Fields.

INPADOC: Symbol Position Attributes FIRST/LATER Added to CPC Information; CPC Superseded ECLA and ICO Completely

The Cooperative Patent Classification was completed with symbol position information, FIRST (F) and LATER (L).

For U.S. and EP publications, and for PCT applications for which the European Patent Office (EPO) is acting as International Searching Authority, the symbol position attribute FIRST describes the one principal classification for the invention. In all other cases the attributes FIRST and LATER are assigned only chronologically and have no informative value.

Symbol position attributes can be searched in the search field CPC Keywords (CPC.KW).

For U.S. and EP documents, the symbol position attribute is useful to limit the search for a classification to those documents where this classification describes the main aspect of an invention. Use the (S)proximity operator to combine the classification symbol with the symbol position attribute:

=> S C12N0015-8247/CPC
L1        4651      C12N0015-8247/CPC

=> S C12N0015-8247/CPC (S) FIRST/CPC.KW
         4651     C12N0015-8247/CPC
     36081990 FIRST/CPC.KW
L2        1102     C12N0015-8247/CPC (S) FIRST/CPC.KW

     10372249 US/PC
     2565450 EP/PC
L3     379 L2 AND (US OR EP)/PC

The CPC has now completely superseded ECLA and ICO codes. EPC and ICO are no longer valid codes for SEARCH, DISPLAY and SELECT. Please make sure that you use CPC codes instead of EPC and ICO codes in your search strategies.

Search Tip of the Month

Three new fields highlighting information about grants have recently been added to SciSearch, a multidisciplinary database for bibliographic information and cited references from nearly 6,000 of the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical journals:

  • Grant Funding Acknowledgment (GF).
  • Grant Organization (GO).
  • Grant Number (GN).
In this month’s search tip, Using Grant Organization Information in SciSearch on STN for Funding Organization Research, we provide search tips to highlight possible applications of the Grant Organization field to create:
  • A list of organizations funding research in a particular subject area.
  • A list of research funding organizations from a particular geographic area.
  • A list of recently published studies funded by a company.

CAS Customer Center Q&A

Q. How can I find out the meaning of the codes appearing in the UNII field in MEDLINE records?

A. The 2013 MEDLINE reload introduced the UNII (Unique Ingredient Identifier) field which includes a UNII code for a particular substance including drugs, biologics, foods and devices. Within MEDLINE, the Chemical Name (CN) Thesaurus can help find the meaning of UNII codes and determine UNII code availability for a known substance.

April 2013: In This Issue
New STN Platform Update

STN Revolutionizes Patent Searching for Professionals

The STN Version One beta release is taking STN to new heights. Catch a glimpse of exciting advancements on the horizon in this video.

*Check out the recent article on new STN published in InfoToday Newsbreaks.

More New Platform Product News and Media Releases: Bookmark The New STN Platform webpage and check back often as we will be providing additional information at various development stages.

Science IP
Science IP, the CAS Search Service contributes monthly articles describing best practices and useful information from real searches. This month’s article examines the small fraction (0.2%) of substances in CAS REGISTRY known as Incompletely Defined Substances (IDS) located in the Class Identifier (CI) field. These substances contain molecular weights (MF), but lack exact structures in the course of indexing. Learn different approaches to retrieve Incompletely Defined Substances (IDS) in CAS REGISTRY.

Faced with a challenging search or require comprehensive results? Contact the expert research staff at Science IP.
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View Upcoming Training on the Training & Events Calendar

You can now find upcoming training on the new Training & Events Calendar. The event titles provide a full description of the event and registration links. For simplified use, view the calendar by month or filter by event type.

For on-demand STN training resources, please visit CAS Learning Solutions at http://learning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and quick reference cards are available to help new users with Learning Solutions.

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April 9, 2013
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Structure Searching in Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI) using STN Express
May 14
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Advanced Techniques for Statistical Analyses in INPADOC on STN

May 16
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Revisiting the Basics of Structure Search on STN
May 28
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