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CAS Increases Access in ChemPort Connection

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CAS Increases Access in ChemPort Connection

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The Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced that researchers can now seamlessly link from references in American Chemical Society (ACS) journals to CAS databases. In a separate announcement, CAS said that Stanford University's High Wire Press is increasing the number of its journals available in the ChemPort Connection.

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According to the announcement, until now, references in chemistry journals were static listings of related articles of interest. Now, users of electronic journals from ACS will be able to immediately link from references to the relevant Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) record, gaining instant access to the abstract and bibliographic information.

Through a new program developed through the ChemPort Connection, readers of such publications as The Journal of the American Chemical Society, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Organic Letters are now able to click on the "CAS" tag following references at the end of any article and retrieve the corresponding bibliographic information and abstract in the CAplus database.

The ChemPort Connection is built into each of CAS's electronic services, including STN Express with Discover!, STN Easy, STN on the Web, SciFinder and SciFinder Scholar. According to the announcement, surveying published literature is an essential step in the research process, and ACS expects this expanded reference linking to boost researchers' productivity.

"The referenced material extends the value of an article," said ACS Publications Division director Robert Bovenschulte. "This new capability allows us to provide instant access to that important information and enables scientists to achieve significantly faster and more productive results."

CAS reports that it has been a leader in linking references in its databases out to full-text resources on the Web. "We are now 'closing the loop' by reference linking from the journal article back to CAS databases," said CAS director Robert Massie. "This is a dramatic new 'value proposition' in several senses. First, the journal article itself is enriched through links to the abstract records from the CAS databases. Next, the researcher can rapidly evaluate which references are relevant. And finally, the researcher can instantly pursue further research either in the CAS databases or back in the full-text journal collection. This is the Web research environment of the future, made possible through CAS's metadata collection and databases. …

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