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CAS, CHEST Sign SciFinder Scholar Agreement

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CAS, CHEST Sign SciFinder Scholar Agreement

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Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has announced that it has reached an agreement with CHEST to make SciFinder Scholar with the SciFinder Substructure Module (SSM) available to higher education institutions and research councils in the U.K. and third-level colleges in Ireland.

CHEST negotiated the agreement with CAS on behalf of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). The CHEST community comprises over 260 academic institutions in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland, including such universities as Oxford, Cambridge, and the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine. Through this agreement, SciFinder Scholar continues to expand its presence worldwide.

According to the announcement, SciFinder Scholar is a desktop research tool that provides campuswide access to the world's largest and most comprehensive databases of chemical information from CAS. It gives chemistry faculty and graduate students the power to explore more than 20 million chemical substances and more than 18 million references from some 8,000 journals and patents from around the world.

"We are pleased to be able to make this special 1-year agreement available to the CHEST community," said Mike Johnson, director of CHEST and NISS (National Information Services and Systems). "Chemical Abstracts has been a major requirement for U.K. [higher education] for many years. CHEST was requested to negotiate with CAS following community interest in this particular product."

"We are happy to be working with CHEST to expand SciFinder Scholar availability in the U. …

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