Notes From Our Sponsors


Our Sponsors: Spring 2017

The American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Information is very fortunate to receive generous financial support from our sponsors to maintain the high quality of the Division’s programming and to promote communication between members at social functions at the ACS Spring 2017 National Meeting in San Francisco, CA, and to support other divisional activities during the year, including scholarships to graduate students in Chemical Information.

The Division gratefully acknowledges contribution from the following sponsors:

ACS Publications

Journal of Chemical Information & Modeling
Royal Society of Chemistry

Journal of Cheminformatics (Springer Nature)
Collaborative Drug Discovery
Thieme Chemistry

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Opportunities are available to sponsor Division of Chemical Information events, speakers, and material. Our sponsors are acknowledged on the CINF web site, in the Chemical Information Bulletin, on printed meeting materials, and at any events for which we use your contribution. For more information please review the Sponsorship Brochure at

Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information about supporting the ACS Division of Chemical Information

Graham Douglas
Chair Pro Tem, Fundraising Committee 2017
Tel: 510-407-0769

The ACS CINF Division is a non-profit tax-exempt organization with taxpayer ID no. 52-6054220.

ACS Publications

ACS Publications Articles Now Display Altmetric Attention Scores

ImageAs a service to our global community of authors, ACS Publications is now providing a more comprehensive picture of the impact of the scientific research published in our suite of journals. Through our partnership with Altmetric, the web-based, alternative metrics platform that provides authors with a single view of the online activity surrounding their scholarly content, we now display the Altmetric Attention Score on all research articles published across our portfolio of 50 peer-reviewed research journals.

The benefit to you as a researcher and author is the ability to view a more organized and comprehensive record of an article’s online shares, while concurrently tracking discussions of a research article’s findings and results. Altmetric tracks a variety of sources, including social media, traditional media (both mainstream and science specific), online reference managers, forums and Wikipedia. The information is aggregated to produce an Altmetric Attention Score that is a qualitative measure of the quality and quantity of attention received by an article. Read more about how the Altmetric Attention Score is calculated

In addition, we will accompany the Altmetric Attention Score with a display of total article views. This number is the COUNTER-compliant sum of full text article downloads (including PDF, ACS ActiveView PDF, and full text HTML article views). Authors and researchers can easily see the broad impact of an article by viewing both the number of full-text downloads and the Altmetric Attention Score.

“We are pleased to now be incorporating Altmetric data on our journal articles,” says Jeff Lang, Assistant Director of Platform Development at ACS Publications. “This is a great opportunity for authors to gain a wider understanding of the impact of their work, while providing researchers and others with an idea of how the article has been received by a broader audience.”

Discover these new metrics by taking a closer look at the data on the following article from ACS Energy Letters: 100k Cycles and Beyond: Extraordinary Cycle Stability for MnO2 Nanowires Imparted by a Gel Electrolyte

ACS Member Benefits

Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling

JCIMThe Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling launched two new manuscript types last year: Application Note and Review. Application Note articles are informative peer- reviewed reports on novel software packages, databases, and web servers. Review articles are peer-reviewed topical overviews of general interest to the JCIM community.

Both new manuscript types have been well received and we encourage interested parties to refer to the journal’s author guidelines for more details. Those with review ideas and pre-submission inquiries can contact Editor-in-Chief Kenneth M. Merz Jr. at

Royal Society of Chemistry

RSC Advances goes gold open access

Royal Society of ChemistryFrom Issue 1, 2017 RSC Advances, currently the world’s largest chemistry journal, will be gold open access. This change allows researchers free access to a broader scope of high- quality research articles, and offers new, affordable open access publishing options for authors around the world.

RSC Advances publishes high-quality scientific research on 133 subjects, covering the entirety of the chemical sciences, including multidisciplinary and emerging areas. Since its launch in 2011, we have published over 26,000 articles, with submissions from authors in 91 countries. Transitioning the journal to gold open access enables the Royal Society of Chemistry to shape the future of open access publishing by maximizing the visibility of research in the chemical sciences, and related areas, and helping authors meet their funding and institutional requirements.

Dr. Emma Wilson, Director of Publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry, emphasized how the journal is setting a new standard of academic publishing, “The journal has been at the forefront of innovation since its launch in 2011. The strength of support for RSC Advances from the community has been unprecedented in chemistry publishing, and last year we built on and increased this engagement by introducing an innovative peer-review model. The new open access model is the next step forward in the continued evolution of the journal.”

We support authors’ ability to choose where to publish their work, and we believe that open access publishing should be an option available to all, regardless of economic background.

We are therefore setting the article processing charge (APC) at a competitive level of £750 to ensure it is affordable to all authors. To show our commitment to affordable open access, we are offering all authors a discounted APC of £500 for the first two years.

In addition, more than 40 countries that fall under Research4Life groups A and B will receive a full waiver to the APC, with a partial discount of £250 being made available to seven further countries including India, Egypt and Pakistan.

When announcing the change, Dr. Helen Pain, Deputy Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, explained why this approach is so important, “We want to make sure that high-impact research from emerging centers of chemistry gets the international visibility it deserves. With this in mind, we have set our APCs at one of the lowest in the industry to make it affordable for authors.”

For more information on RSC Advances please visit

About the Royal Society of Chemistry

We are the oldest chemical society in the world and in 2016 we celebrated 175 years of progress and people in the chemical sciences. Throughout the year, we shared stories of how our members past and present have helped to change the world with chemistry.

With over 50,000 members and a knowledge business that spans the globe, we are the United Kingdom’s professional body for chemical scientists; a not-for-profit organization with 175 years of history and an international vision of the future.

We promote, support and celebrate chemistry. We work to shape the future of the chemical sciences, for the benefit of science and humanity.

Registered charity number 207890

Springer Chemistry News

Springer Nature launched SharedIt

ShareditSpringer Nature wants researchers to share content easily and legally. Our Springer Nature SharedIt content-sharing initiative means that links to view-only, full-text subscription research articles can be posted anywhere, including on social media platforms, author websites and in institutional repositories, so researchers can share research with colleagues, and general audiences.

To find out how this works, and for detailed information about this service for authors, librarians, and subscribers, please go to sharedit

Research Data Policies implemented for Springer Nature journals

At Springer Nature we want to enable all of our authors and journals to publish the best research, which includes achieving community best practices in the sharing and archiving of research data. We also aim to facilitate compliance with research funder and institution requirements to share data. To help accomplish this we have introduced a set of standardized research data policies to almost 800 journals and continue to roll this out to further journals. These policies can be easily adopted, and we are developing supporting tools and services.

For more information, go to and read the blog post by Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Head of Data Publishing at Springer Nature: springer-nature/

Now published: Second edition of the “Handbook of Computational Chemistry”

Handbook of Computational ChemistryUnder the editorship of Jerzy Leszczynski, Jackson State University (JSU), Jackson, MS (USA), this new edition has been expanded and revised, now including sections on chemoinformatics, relativity, and solvents. For more information, go to:

New Editors for Journal of Cheminformatics

Journal of CheminformaticsAt the end of 2016, Christoph Steinbeck and David Wild stepped down as Editors-in-Chief of Journal of Cheminformatics, handing the reins to Rajarshi Guha and Egon Willigahgen, who started their tenures as the new Editors-in-Chief earlier that year ( springeropen/2016/09/08/new-editors-chief-journal-cheminformatics/).

In addition to Rajarshi and Egon, the journal welcomed Geoff Hutchison (Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and lead on the Open Babel project) and Evan Bolton (Lead Scientist at NCBI and co-winner of the 2016 Herman Skolnik Award for his work on the PubChem database) to the Editorial Board.

CDD Vault

Collaborative Drug Discovery (CDD)

CDD provides a modern approach to drug discovery research informatics trusted globally by thousands of leading researchers. CDD Vault is a complete platform for drug discovery informatics, hosted through an intuitive web interface. It helps your project team manage, analyze, and present chemical structures and biological assay data.

CDD cordially invites you to share your experiences with your peers in the drug discovery space. We are hosting a “Sharing Experiences in Life Science Research” seminar right after the ACS meeting on Friday April 7th, 2017, between 8:30 and 1:00 (Pacific) at The American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco. Take full advantage of this unique opportunity to:

  • Network with other drug discovery scientists
  • Gain insights from seasoned lab informatics professionals
  • Decompress after ACS before flying home
  • Discover the upcoming innovations planned within the CDD Vault pipeline!

For more information, please visit our website or email us at

PerkinElmer, Inc.

PerkinElmerPerkinElmer is pleased to announce the release of the PerkinElmer Signals Notebook for ChemDraw, a cloud-based electronic lab notebook. This ELN solution is part of the ChemOffice Professional 16 release of the ChemDraw software, the industry’s No. 1 chemical structure drawing tool which ensures the efficient design and visualization of molecules, reactions, biological entities and pathways in a publication-ready format.

The PerkinElmer Signals Notebook for ChemDraw will enable you to organize your scientific research within an electronic notebook with chemistry capabilities built-in, allowing you to eliminate your paper notebook. You will be able to organize your work in notebooks and experiments to easily build an electronic record with experimental evidence by drawing reactions, writing notes, and attaching relevant document and reference materials.

In addition to the PerkinElmer Signals Notebook for ChemDraw, the ChemOffice Professional platform also includes the ChemDraw Cloud web-based application facilitating quick, convenient, and flexible access to research anytime, anywhere, and fosters increased collaboration across organizations with the functionality to revise documents in the cloud.

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Thieme Chemistry

Science of Synthesis: Prof. Fürstner Named First Editor-in-Chief, and New Version to be Released in March

Prof. Alois Fürstner Named First Editor-in-Chief of Science of Synthesis

ThiemeProfessor Alois Fürstner, Managing Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research), Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, has taken over the position of Editor-in-Chief on the Science of Synthesis (SOS) Editorial Board. An expert in organometallic chemistry, Professor Fürstner has been a member of the Editorial Board since 2008.

“My task as Editor-in-Chief will be to work with the Editorial Board to ensure that the methods presented in Science of Synthesis continue to reflect the latest insights in synthetic chemistry,” Professor Alois Fürstner comments. Science of Synthesis content is regularly reviewed and adapted. “This large database offers both a quick overview and in-depth information on all relevant problems in chemical synthesis,” Professor Fürstner says. “That’s what makes SOS both unique and essential.” Over 1,800 renowned authors around the world contribute to the reference work. They evaluate synthetic methods in their respective fields, and select the most significant for discussion in their reviews.

Science of Synthesis 4.7 in March 2017

A new version of Science of Synthesis will be released at the end of March 2017.

In addition to including new citation search functionality, it will include two new content volumes on N-Heterocyclic Carbenes in Catalytic Organic Synthesis edited by Professor Steven P. Nolan and Dr. Catherine S. J. Cazin (Ghent University, Belgium) with contributions from 79 authors. These volumes provide a user’s guide to NHC chemistry and catalysis, thus facilitating the introduction of NHCs to novices, and also helping to expand the repertoire of synthetic tools available to the more-advanced researcher, enabling the design of new catalysts and reactions.

Science of SynthesisA short video introduction shows in an entertaining way how researchers can benefit from using Science of Synthesis: watch?v=rzDru_VLuaQ.

To get access to Science of Synthesis 4.7 or a free trial please visit

For more information about Science of Synthesis please visit the Web site at