Monthly Archives: March 2014

SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry – apply soon!

From the SciFinder website:

Join a select group of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers from around the world this August 5-14 to help shape the future of chemical information!

During this all-expense-paid trip, you’ll get to exchange ideas with CAS scientists and learn about the latest research advances at the 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, CA.

Applications are due by Sunday, March 30, 2014

Find out more at:

Web of Science & Google Scholar


New links have been provided between the Web of Science Core Collection* and Google Scholar

This should help you to find the full text of articles quicker and to be confident that you are accessing good quality citations.

To illustrate what you should see when you perform a search on Google Scholar I searched for ‘lipid protein signalling’ (click on the image of this screenshot to enlarge it):


Underneath each search result you can see a link to Web of Science, and can see how many citations for the article have been found there. If you click on this link you are taken directly to the citations on Web of Science.

There are also reciprocal links to Google Scholar from the Web of Science Core Collection*

When you click on an article in your results list you will see across the top of the screen a link to ‘Look up full-text’. If you click on this you are taken to the article citation on Google Scholar.

You can also access the full text of articles directly from Google Scholar!

Again, when searching Google Scholar from within the University network, and as illustrated on the screenshot above, you can now see links to ‘ejournals@cam- full text’ on the right hand side of your search results list. Clicking on this link ultimately brings you directly to the full text article via the ejournals@cambridge website, if the journal has been subscribed to by the University. If it is not available as full text then you can click from there on ‘Search the Library’s catalog’ to search for the journal by title on the library catalogue to see if there is a print version in the University somewhere. You can also see direct links to PDF or HTML versions of articles which might work.

Other ways of finding the full text

Of course, librarians would prefer that you use the online library catalogue LibrarySearch to search for books or journal titles, in both print and electronic form, or use LibrarySearch+ to search by journal article, to get to the full text, see! However, these embedded links between Web of Science and Google Scholar should help you get to the full text quicker and more efficiently than if you simply use Google or try to access the full text directly from a journal’s website, which won’t necessarily recognise you as being a member of the University of Cambridge entitled to the full text via subscription.

Find out more

Find out more about this new collaboration between Google Scholar and Web of Science here: It includes some useful FAQs.

Web of Science can be found here:

Google Scholar can be found here:

*The Web of Science initial search page defaults to searching all databases simultaneously unless you select Web of Science Core Collection from the All Databases drop-down list, where you can specify which databases you wish to search.

Gold for Gold is back!

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The Royal Society of Chemistry has provided 18 vouchers for 2014 which cover the Article Processing Charge (APC) for the Gold route to open access. These vouchers can be used for RSC papers accepted for publication in 2014, and are valid until the end of 2014.

Vouchers will be allocated by the Chemistry Librarian on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to confirmation by the applicant that no other funding is available, e.g. from the University’s Open Access fund (authors should check before applying for a voucher at or another source. At least one of the authors should be a current member of academic staff of the University.

There is a procedure that authors should follow to request and obtain the vouchers, which is outlined on the Chemistry Library’s website here:

Papers made open access through the Gold for Gold scheme will be listed on the Chemistry Library website and publicised on this blog.

Eligible for the REF? Participate in design research into digital products and services to support you!


This Spring HEFCE will publish their Open Access policy. Anyone who is eligible for the next REF submission could be required to make all their peer reviewed articles (or conference proceedings) open access at the time of publication.

CARET (the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies at the University of Cambridge) is currently designing some digital products and services to support academics who are eligible for the REF, in response to the HEFCE policy changes. They would like to conduct some design research with academics. The research is very informal and will take no more than 45 minutes. They would carry out a short interview and show some of their designs to get feedback.

Administrative staff are also very welcome to take part, seeing as they often support academics’ open access needs.

CARET is carrying out this design research Wednesday to Friday every week until the end of March and are keen to get participants for each week. They invite you take part! If you are interested please contact me (Clair Castle, Librarian, Department of Chemistry) at and we can arrange a suitable time for you to participate in this design research, in liaison with CARET.


MRS Proceedings

This title was recommended by members of this department and has now been subscribed to, so always remember if there is a title you want please do recommend it!


New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : MRS Proceedings.


From the Cambridge Journals Online website for the journal:

The MRS Online Proceedings Library (OPL) offers unlimited full-text availability to over 68,000 papers from the well-recognized Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings Series – proceedings published from Volume 1 to the present, with more papers added daily. The collection also includes over 5,000 proceedings papers that were never published in print format and are available only online.Proceedings are searchable by author name, paper title, volume number and keyword.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (1980) to present.

Access MRS Proceedings via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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Web of Science new platform presentation

A very useful presentation of the new Web of Science interface that librarians attended recently. Note in particular the new partnership with Google Scholar and the author performance information features.

By the way, if you search Google Scholar from within the university network you will see direct links to the full text of articles if they are subscribed to by the university!


We hope you enjoyed the recent Web of Science new platform launch and presentation at the University Library.  The speaker, Rachel Mangan, from Thompson Reuters, has shared our presentation with us and it can be downloaded here.

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ASHRAE Transactions

Another new journal that may be of interest to chemists.


New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : ASHRAE Transactions.


From the Thomson Reuters website for the journal:

“Published since 1895, ASHRAE Transactions comprises the Technical Papers and Conference Papers presented at ASHRAE’s Winter and Annual Conferences. Technical Papers undergo one or more double-blind reviews by three or more reviewers and are published with discussion questions and answers. They encompass the wide range of technologies and applications of interest to researchers and practitioners whose work shapes the built environment. Conference Papers generally present applications and case studies, and receive one or more single-blind reviews by two or more reviewers.”

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 54,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. ASHRAE was formed as the…

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Welcome to our new blog!

openThe purpose of our new blog is to keep you up to date with the latest on new library services, facilities and resources such as printed books, ejournals, databases and ebooks, in chemistry and related disciplines, that are available to you as members of the University of Cambridge. I will still email everyone about more important developments but the blog is where I will post most items that I think will be of interest to you.

You can dip in and out of the blog as you wish – you might want to bookmark it or create a shortcut for it on your desktop – or you can follow the instructions from the Welcome page to ‘Follow Blog Via Email’. Simply enter your email address and you will receive an email when new posts are published. Once you have registered you can modify the frequency that you receive emails to daily/weekly/immediate.

The blog has a special interface designed for display on mobile phones. It is also very easy to share blog posts with various social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook etc.

Your feedback on the blog is very welcome.

I really hope you read and enjoy the blog and find it useful.


Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

Search or Browse through the articles for quick reference and convenience.


New eresource : Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

File:Thermally Agitated Molecule.gifThe Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology is a comprehensive reference work on applied chemical science.

Articles in this encyclopedia cover methods and materials, as well as the latest scientific advances in a wide range of chemical subject areas.

Access the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology via this link or via the Chemistry, Materials Science and Metallurgy, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology subject pages on the eresources@cambridge site.

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Jisc’s Summer of Student Innovation 2014

Librarians have been asked to help promote Jisc’s Summer of Student Innovation 2014.


From their press release:

Jisc, the UK’s expert on digital technologies for education and research, has today opened registration for this year’s Summer of Student Innovation. The competition will offer digitally savvy further and higher education (FE and HE) students the chance to create technology solutions that could change the education landscape forever.

The project recognises the importance of giving students a voice in the way they are taught, learn and live whilst studying. It aims to develop students’ creative design, research, entrepreneurial and project management skills.

Successful entrants will receive a £5,000 grant from Jisc to transform their ideas into prototypes and gain a ‘feel’ for their product or service. The selected students will also receive user feedback so that missing or difficult functionality can be easily identified and students can go on to develop better solutions that will potentially be adopted by universities, colleges and learning providers across the UK.

Find out more by visiting the Jisc Elevator website.