Joint Board Council Committee on CAS


The Committee met in Executive Session on August 17, 2012. CCAS continues to fulfill its responsibilities in a purposeful manner – serving as a channel for the flow of information between Society members (and users of CAS services), the ACS Governing Board for Publishing, and CAS management, assuring that each party’s needs are researched, recognized and represented.

CAS management reported on a number of developments at the most recent meeting, and members were pleased to learn that new SciFinder training modules have been developed, moving toward a more integrated, user-focused approach. CAS management has been working with committee members to seek input on new training approaches to more effectively reach users.

CAS will reach another milestone later this year: The CAS REGISTRY was expected surpass 70 million organic and inorganic molecules. The Registry maintains its status as the gold standard for substance information as the largest collection of unique substances.

The “SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry” program, established in 2010, again provided an opportunity for outstanding Ph.D. Chemistry students from around the world to exchange ideas and experiences in chemistry and informatics. As part of their program experience, they joined chemistry professionals in Philadelphia to attend the national meeting and exposition.

Members were also pleased to learn that ACS Publications and CAS introduced Reference QuickView, a dynamic new feature powered by 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.

CCAS continues its role as a conduit of information. The committee communicates its mission through its web site on the ACS Network where society members as well as nonmembers can post questions and feedback for CCAS members. Members solicit input from numerous avenues including local sections, colleges, and patent users. Social media is also being utilized to increase awareness – a CCAS Facebook has been established.

Reprinted from:
Chemical and Engineering News,
Volume 91 Issue 3 | Web Exclusive
Issue Date: January 21, 2013 | Web Date: January 15, 2013

Submitted by Spiro Alexandratos, CCAS Chair

Notes: Effective January 1, 2013, Grace Baysinger became the Chair of the Chemical Abstracts Committee.  In addition to posting items on CHMINF-L, CCAS has an open group page on the ACS Network ( and a Facebook page (