Chemical Informatics Letters

Volume 14, Issue 5; May 2007

Editor: Jonathan M Goodman

Courses on chemical informatics
University and college courses in chemical informatics were surveyed in Chem. Inf. Lett. 2006, 12, #5, 49. There are now a large number of course modules on chemical informatics, and an increasing number of degree courses.

ASDL is a peer-reviewed digital library for the analytical sciences.

How to make papers readable
Some papers are not read because they are written badly. Whether or not they are open access may also have an effect. The Science Citation Index is no longer the only way to track citations (PDF), and this change might enhance the importance of open-access journals. There is a directory of free full-text journals in chemistry as well as an index of chemistry journals with a web presence (updated monthly).

Eigenfactor ranks journals much as Google ranks websites using citations to evaluate the importance of each journal.

Substructure search tutorial
Macs in Chemistry has released a tutorial on creating molecule databases and searching for substructures using fingerprints.

UK-QSAR and ChemoInformatics Group
The UK-QSAR and ChemoInformatics Group has updated its website.

The Chemical Informatics and Cyberinfrastructure Collaboratory [CICC]
The CICC at Indiana University combines grid computing with chemical informatics and has a list of chemical databases on the web (alphabetical).

Wolfram demonstrations
With a new release of Mathematica, many demonstrations are available on the web. Some are relevant to chemistry, including protein visulisation, spherical harmonics, properties of the elements, hydrogen orbitals and a double helix.

Semantic web breakthrough
Researchers at the DERI have searched more than seven billion RDF statements in a split second (details in a PDF). This has implications for semantic web search engines such as Swoogle.

Mind map of chemistry
How are all the subjects in chemistry connected? Here is a Mind map which suggests a way of connecting subjects. This is much simpler than mapping the Blogosphere or the whole web.

Brussels Declaration On STM Publishing
The Brusssels Declaration (available as a PDF) was issued in April 2007 by "the international scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishing community" expresses concerns about the impact of open access publishing. The University of California Libraries' Collection Development Committee has a study on methods of assessing journal values and comparing them with prices (PDF).

Beilstein compound classes
Lawson numbers, developed by Alexander Lawson, divide the Beilstein database up into related groups of molecules.

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