Chemical Informatics Letters

Volume 9, Issue 3; September 2004

Editor: Jonathan M Goodman

Springer Open Choice
Authors for Springer journals (which include The Journal of Molecular Modelling) will be able to opt for 'Open Choice' once a paper has been refereed and accepted. In exchange for $3 000 per article, the paper will be made freely available world-wide, hosted on Springer servers, in addition to being published in the printed version as usual. If the authors do not opt for 'Open Choice' on-line access will be through the usual subscription arrangements.

This is an intermediate step towards an open-access approach to publishing. The ISI reports that 191 of the titles indexed in the Web of Science (out of almost 9 000) are open access. A study (PDF) on open access journals by the ISI suggests that citation impact and the frequency with which the journal is cited is no different for open access journals and other journals. However, a study in Nature concludes that free on-line availability increases a papers impact.

Elsevier has sold ChemWeb and closed BioMedNet and is concentrating on ScienceDirect and search tools to complement it, according to Nature news. Scopus is planned as a abstract and indexing database which links to the full text for which a library has access. The anticipated launch date is towards the end of 2004.

SciTechMed Information Service
The SciTechMed Information Service is free of charge to those who have published research in: EMBASE, Elsevier BIOBASE, COMPENDEX or World Textiles.

Recent Developments in Chemoinformatics
This meeting runs from November 14th - 16th, and includes discussion of: Pharmaceutical Chemoinformatics; Theoretical Chemistry and Modeling; Computer-Assisted Structure Elucidation; Metabolomics and Biomarker.

Better Search Engines
It will not be easy to develop a better search engine. New products are available, including Clusty, a clustering search engine and a preview of Microsoft's search engine. The Search Engine Wars continue, and there are new developments in Google Labs and Yahoo Labs.

This database, coordinated by Simon Woodward of the University of Nottingham, is a Europe-wide resource for distributing new ligands for organic synthesis and information about their activity. Public access (restricted to Europe) will be available from mid-2005, after which the website will become a market place for exchanging data on promising ligands and the exchange or sale of samples.

Sciencebase RSS newsfeed
An RSS/XML chemistry and science newsfeed from David Bradley.

Digital Library for Earth System Education [DLESE]
The DLESE is a partnership between the NSF and the DLESE Steering Committee. It is a grassroots community effort involving educators, students, and scientists working together to improve teaching and learning about the Earth, and includes chemistry resources,.

Despite its name, its seems likely that technetium does occur naturally ("The ignored discovery of the element Z = 43" Peter H M van Assche Nuclear Physics A 1988, 480, 205-214.) Walter Noddack, Ida Tacke and Otto Berg discovered an element they named masarium, which appears to be a minute quantity of Technetium

Biomed Central
BioMed Central provides Open Access XML full text of its articles, and so is ideal for data mining. This may be important in enabling Patent Offices to determine prior art.

Indexcat, the Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office, 1880-1961, is now made available from the National Library of Medicine.

The Challenges with Substance Databases and Structure Search Engines
This article, by Helen Cooke and Damon Ridley has been published in the Australian Journal of Chemistry, 2004, 57(5), 387-392.

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