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New ICEDIT version released


InfoChem is pleased to announce the release of ICEDIT version 3.0. This new version of InfoChem’s drawing and depicting tool offers scaling and adjusting the standard bond length in sketches. Improved display options such as transparent background and layout format definition for OLE objects have also been integrated. In addition, template structures with super-atoms and brackets are now allowed.

Click here for more information about ICEDIT and to test the JavaScript version.

Name Reaction search to be included in SPRESImobile App

spresimobile app

InfoChem is pleased to announce a new release of SPRESImobile in March 2014. The free App for iPhone and iPad is developed to perform structure and reaction searches on mobile devices and offers access to more than 500,000 reactions: a subset of the SPRESI reaction data (ChemReact). Additionally, SPRESI subscribers have access to the entire SPRESI reaction content.

Name Reaction searching has been integrated in the new App version. After registration users see a new button for name reaction searches in the reaction search form. Furthermore, all users (including those not registered) will see a new hyperlink with the Name Reaction in the reaction hit list, when named reactions are hits for a reaction search. This hyperlink allows users to retrieve all reactions assigned to the specific mechanism.

For more information about SPRESImobile please click here.

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Valentina Eigner-Pitto, InfoChem




RSC: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Open Access?


Impactful initiative from the Royal Society of Chemistry

Born out of the recognition that researchers are often asked to publish OA, but do not necessarily have the funding to do so, the Royal Society of Chemistry came up with Gold for Gold.

Initially piloted in the United Kingdom in the summer of 2012, this initiative rewards all institutions who subscribe to RSC Gold (the Royal Society of Chemistry’s premium online package, comprising 41 international journals, databases and magazines) with voucher codes to publish a selected number of accepted RSC articles Gold Open Access (OA), free of charge.

“With research budgets tight, ensuring that exciting results reach the widest possible audience is often difficult. Allowing open access to my PCCP paper via the Gold for Gold initiative provides an opportunity to promote this research and I am therefore delighted to be the first recommended for this scheme by my School....” Dr Ian Lane, Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, QUB, UK.

Strength to strength

At the beginning of 2013 Gold for Gold went global, and its popularity has soared. All of the world’s top 30 academic institutions subscribe to RSC Gold, entitling them to Gold for Gold voucher codes. Those currently benefiting include: California Institute of Technology, United States; Stanford University, United States; University of Oxford, United Kingdom; University of Toronto, Canada; University of Tokyo, Japan.


A total of 878 Gold for Gold applications from 187 institutions in 26 different countries were made in 2013, with a monthly record number of 184 Gold for Gold applications made in November. Unsurprisingly, due to enhanced awareness, the United Kingdom led the way with 278 Gold for Gold articles, followed by the United S with 100. Other prominent users include Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Japan and Australia.

ChemComm, the largest and fastest publisher of high quality communications within the general chemistry arena, had the highest number of applications in 2013 with 143, followed by Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics and Dalton Transactions.

A thumbs up from researchers and librarians

Gold for Gold has been praised for its simplicity, flexibility and the lack of additional paperwork when it comes to licenses, saving researchers time.

“When my paper was accepted for publication, I contacted our librarian to request a complimentary Gold for Gold voucher; with that in hand the article was soon converted for publication under a Creative Commons OA license. It was that easy and quick to see that our work would be placed in a well-regarded journal, but not locked up behind a pay wall.”  Professor Kit Cummins, MIT, United States and, Associate Editor of Chemical Science.


Librarians have also noted the opportunity this initiative provides to introduce an easy way for  chemistry faculties to experiment with OA. Information specialists in the United States have been particularly proactive here; UCSF, UCLA and Stanford all have web pages dedicated to Gold for Gold.

And what about consortia?

Many institutions from countries throughout the world benefit from receiving Gold for Gold voucher codes as part of an existing consortium deal, but the DFG (German Research Foundation) - RSC Gold license agreement in Germany fulfilled a burning need amongst German researchers to publish Gold OA, representing a very real success story.

In Germany, 87 institutions plus all Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes, will profit from more than 900 Gold for Gold voucher codes in 2014. This is the first nationwide deal of its kind and will last for three years. It further reflects demand evidenced by a significant increase in submissions and published articles at the Royal Society of Chemistry in the past six years.

“The Alliance-RSC GOLD License agreement, negotiated with the Royal Society of Chemistry, is innovative. Not only does it offer our users easy access to all RSC journal content, but all participating institutions receive a certain quantity of Open Access (OA) vouchers with which their authors can publish OA free of charge in any RSC journal.” Uwe Rosemann, Director German National Library of Science and Technology and University Library Hannover (TIB/UB), Germany.

For more information on the Gold for Gold scheme, consult your Account Manager at the Royal Society of Chemistry. Alternatively e-mail goldforgold@rsc.org.

Max Espley, Royal Society of Chemistry



ACS Central Science: A New Multidisciplinary Journal Coming in 2014

Chemistry provides the fundamental connections across scientific disciplines – that’s why it’s known as the “central science.” To explore new perspectives on these links at the forefront of scientific research, ACS will launch a first-of-its-kind open access journal, ACS Central Science, later this year.

“We are excited to launch the Society’s first fully open access journal, and the first highly selective, pure open access journal to cover the breadth of chemistry in relation to other sciences, medicine, computational science, and engineering,” said Kevin Davies, VP Business Development, American Chemical Society. “ACS Central Science will offer a unique viewpoint and complement the Society’s portfolio of subscription-based journals, for those authors who seek to publish in an open access forum of distinction.”

Under the leadership of a renowned scientist and an international editorial board, ACS Central Science will publish 100 - 200 peer reviewed articles each year. Active research scientists, representative of the journal’s planned disciplinary and geographic diversity, will oversee peer review. A more detailed statement of the journal’s scope will be announced once an Editor-in-Chief is selected and an Editorial Board is appointed.

ACS Excellence magazine asked Darla Henderson, Assistant Director, Open Access Programs, American Chemical Society, a few questions about the new journal:

ACS Excellence: Are there any author charges to publish in the journal?

Darla Henderson: No, but authors who want to publish under a Creative Commons license – or who are required to do so by their funding agency, may elect to do so as an additional fee-based option.

AE: Are there any subscription fees to access content?

DH: No. All articles will be freely-available immediately upon publication and will remain free to access. Once launched, the journal will be found on the ACS Publications website.

AE: How will peer review be handled for ACS Central Science?

DH: The journal will employ the same high standards of peer review, speedy publication times, and rigorous editorial processes as exemplified by the Society’s publishing program.

AE: When will ACS Central Science begin accepting papers and when will the journal begin publishing articles?

DH: We are currently establishing a small search committee of outstanding scientists, who will lead our effort to identify the founding Editor-in-Chief. We expect that the journal will be accepting submissions before the end of the year.

This article was originally published in the spring 2014 issue of ACS Excellence (page 20).

Sara Rouhi, ACS Publications


PerkinElmer Launches Cloud-based Platform


PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader focused on the health and safety of people and the environment, announced the launch of the Elements platform, a cloud-based expandable scientific collaboration tool for students and researchers, at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting.

The Elements platform is a first-of-its-kind tool for academic scientists providing a cost-efficient solution for safe, secure record keeping that eliminates the need for investment in digital infrastructure. “Despite the wide range of technology offerings available in the marketplace today, a recent study we conducted revealed that more than 75 percent of research academics still use a paper notebook for recording lab notes,” said Michael Elliott, CEO and Chief Analyst, Atrium Research & Consulting. “Electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) are changing this practice in how labs at major universities embrace electronic data capture, cloud-based applications and collaborative tools to modernize their research environments.”

The Elements platform was created through PerkinElmer’s 20+ years of experience developing scientific computing tools combined with the cloud-based scientific collaboration platform that PerkinElmer obtained through its recent acquisition of Wingu, Inc., a Google Ventures backed software development firm. This unique blend of capabilities allows PerkinElmer to deliver a cloud-based collaboration solution to an increasingly distributed global research marketplace.


  • Expandable platform: Sets the stage for a rapid pace of innovation by delivering an application framework for deep scientific support through modular apps that can be combined into sophisticated scientific experiments.
  • 100 percent cloud-based: Enables users to be up and running in minutes without the need for lengthy deployment and installation steps.
  • Electronic data capture: Facilitates easy, effective data capture and electronic collaboration within an individual research group or among varying research groups.
  • ChemDraw integration: Embeds PerkinElmer”s drawing tool so that chemical compounds and reactions can be easily drawn and captured in the Elements framework, in addition to creating publication-ready, scientifically intelligent drawings for use in databases and publications.

The new Elements platform expands upon PerkinElmer”s legacy in the ELN marketplace. The company created the E-Notebook, one of the industry's most widely deployed electronic laboratory notebooks.
More information is at:  http://t.co/P2NnMWCMhC

Phil McHale, PerkinElmer