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SciFinder Trouble?

September 18th, 2013 by Cory Craig

After updates from Mac (OS X), Java, and Firefox, all in the same week, you may be experiencing trouble with the SciFinder chemistry database. The page below from CalTech, gives tested configurations  (working and not working) as of 9/17/2013.

Thanks to Donna Wrublewski at CalTech.

Report any SciFinder problems at UC Davis to Cory Craig ( or contact SciFinder Help directly.

SciFinder Chemistry Database: New Interface

June 28th, 2013 by Cory Craig

SciFinder’s new interface debuted this week.  The changes are minimal.

Find out what’s new at:

Or log on with your SciFinder username & password:

To get a SciFinder username and password, see SciFinder registration instructions  (SciFinder is available to UC students, faculty, and staff only).

If you experience any problems, see SciFinder System Requirements,  or contact Cory Craig (  or SciFinder Help (

RSC journals: access restored

April 2nd, 2013 by Cory Craig

As of 4/3/13, 7am: Access to RSC Journals is restored.

As of 4/2/13: UC Davis is experiencing access problems with some articles in some RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) journals. RSC is currently working on the problem, we hope to have access restored soon.

Altmetrics Webinar: Telling a fuller story of research impact with altmetrics and ImpactStory

February 8th, 2013 by Cory Craig

A webinar presented by the American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Information

    Date: February 20, 2013
    Time: 8 am Pacific Time (11 am Eastern time)

In growing numbers, the workflows of scholars are moving online. As that happens, important parts of the scientific process, once hidden, are being exposed. Conversations, arguments, recommendations, reads, bookmarks–the stuff of day-to-day science–is leaving traces in places like Mendeley, Twitter, blogs, Faculty of 1000, and many others.

Mining these traces can give us faster, more diverse, and more accurate data of scholarly impact. These alternative metrics or “altmetrics” could predict later citations, reveal impacts on diverse audiences like practitioners and clinicians, uncover impacts of diverse products like datasets, blog posts, and software, and reward researchers making subtle but vital contributions that the citation record ignores.

After reviewing the growing research around altmetrics, we’ll discuss how these data sources can be of practical use for researchers and publishers today, focusing on ImpactStory, open-source web tool that gathers and contextualizes altmetrics.

Connection Details: select “Guest” and enter your name.
The session will be open by 7:45 am (10:45 am Eastern time). Please try the link at any time, though, to ensure your browser compatibility.

For more info see:

ACS Style Guide now online

February 8th, 2013 by Cory Craig

ACS Style Guide, 3rd edition

The ACS Style Guide is now available online to the University of California as part of our American Chemical Society (ACS) subscription package.

The ACS Style Guide “is an established and definitive source within and beyond the chemistry community, educating researchers on how to effectively communicate scientific information.” It includes chapters on: Ethics in Scientific Publication; Writing Style and Word Usage; Peer Review; Copyright Basics; Electronic Submission of Manuscripts; and conventions for formulas, elements, substances, and tables.

Coming soon: Complimentary personal access to the online edition will be available via the ACS ChemWorx research management platform.

Publish open access articles in RSC journals at no charge

January 24th, 2013 by Cory Craig

Publishing in an RSC journal? Maximize Readership With Gold Open Access

    The UC Davis Library is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to support free Gold Open Access publishing under the RSC’s Gold for Gold initiative.
    This program offers a limited number of voucher codes that enable UC Davis researchers to publish their paper in Royal Society of Chemistry journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal article publication fee (between £1000 and £2500).

Benefits of Gold OA publishing

    Gold Open Access publishing makes electronic versions of papers accessible to readers for free – without any subscriptions or fees.
    Removing paywall barriers may increase the visibility of research findings since works are easier to disseminate, easier to find, and easier to read. Further details about RSC journals and Open Access are available here.

You are eligible if

    You are currently affiliated with UC Davis (faculty, student, staff) and
    Your article is new and has been accepted for publication by RSC (i.e., vouchers cannot be used for articles that have already been published) and
    You have not previously received a Gold for Gold voucher from the UC Davis Library

Get your voucher code

    After your article has been accepted for publication by an RSC journal, please complete the form at to request your Gold for Gold voucher code. It will be emailed to you once your eligibility has been verified.
    Once you have your voucher code, complete the online RSC Gold for Gold Application form to make your article open access
    Due to limited numbers, the Library will distribute the voucher codes on a first-come-first-served basis.

Fine print

    Voucher codes are provided only after your article has been accepted for publication
    Voucher codes must be used before December 31, 2013


    Please contact Mary Wood, Reference Librarian:
    or Cory Craig, Chemistry Librarian:

REAXYS: registered users (only) must back-up before Aug 1

July 27th, 2012 by Cory Craig

All users of the REAXYS chemistry database who have ALSO registered for a REAXYS username and password (necessary to use the auto alerts, saved settings, etc.) should have received this notice from REAXYS (see also URL below). Registration within the REAXYS database is optional, not required, it allows use of certain customization features.

This applies to registered users of REAXYS only:
You will lose your alerts and hitsets IF you fail to back them up prior to August 1st.

The procedure to back-up and restore is given here:

Full Notice — Sent to Registered REAXYS Users:

RSC eBooks

May 15th, 2012 by Cory Craig

RSC eBooks are now available!

UC Davis now has access to the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) eBook Collection.
This collection of over 1000 books, published by RSC between 1968 and 2012, are now available as digital content to UC Davis faculty, students, and staff.

Search the collection or see a full list of all 1,000+ titles available.

SciFinder and Mac OS X Lion: possible problems

January 26th, 2012 by Cory Craig

Some problems have been reported with the use of SciFinder on the Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) operating system. The nature of the problems can vary. Please contact the CAS Customer Center ( for solutions.

ACS Journals: some access problems

December 15th, 2011 by Cory Craig

As of 12/15/11, 11am: The Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) and possibly other ACS Journals are experiencing some access problems. The problem has been reported to ACS, they are working on a solution.