Monthly Archives: July 2015

Open Data at Cambridge – programme of events


The University’s Open Data team has an ever-expanding programme of events relating to all things open data in the Events section of their website at: It’s worth bearing in mind in case you need guidance on managing and sharing your data at any point.

Useful and interesting events coming up include a data management plan clinic, open data lunchtime session, and a research data management workshop, as well as sessions on software licensing and sharing your software, copyright, and information security – all within a data sharing environment.


Definitely a good opportunity to experiment with your own altmetric score!


Following Altmetric since June 2014, we are pleased to offer a link via the eresources@cambridge A-Z for access to the Altmetric Explorer for Cambridge users.

This linkprovides access both on and off campus via secure authentication.

Click on the Sign in link at the top right of the home page.

On the Altmetric login page click on the “continue to use the read-only version of the Explorer” link in the sentence “As you are a University of Cambridge customer, please feel free to sign up for a site licence account or continue to use the read-only version of the Explorer”.

Build your own Altmetric donut.

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NCDS trialling free access to ADME-Tox predictive tools


For the last two months the National Chemical Database Service has been trialling a new free resource: the ADME-Tox predictive features of ACD/I-Lab.

All UK academics can try them out now for free through ACD/I-Lab at the NCDS website.

The Royal Society of Chemistry receives funding from the EPSRC to host the National Chemical Database Service. Based on community suggestions and needs, it licenses various resources and databases to make them freely available to all UK academics. The features they are now trialling include industry-leading algorithms for predicting ADME properties such as bioavailability and absorption, as well as toxicity properties such as LD50.

The RSC’s trial period will expire at the end of July, so they’ll soon be making a decision about whether to pay to license ACD/Labs’s ADME-Tox features on a permanent basis. It relies on feedback from researchers to guide their decisions, so if you find that access to ADME-Tox predictive tools is useful for your research, please let them know to help them understand the value of this resource to the UK academic community.

Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry now available


We are pleased to announce that Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry has been subscribed to by the University.

Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry is designed to support researchers in making connections between compounds, targets and bioactivity, with tools that give insight into result sets and allow data export and sharing.

To access Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry please follow this link for Reaxys – you will see the ‘Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry’ button is now present. This link will also allow you ‘off-campus’ access via Raven password.

Find out more about Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry here:

PatentPak Interactive Patent Chemistry document viewer now available

acs-chemistry-for-life-2-color-logoThe new PatentPak interactive viewer was launched at the end of June.

According to SciFinder, the viewer:

Presents searchable, full text of patents with interactive indexing and annotations that  inform the user’s research

Offers direct links to and from SciFinder that promote serendipitous searching and exploration

Find out more about the document viewer here:

As I have blogged before, registered SciFinder users are currently entitled to five free samples of PatentPak content.

When you click on the PatentPak icon (that will appear in your search results) you can immediately view the full text patent document for that reference. A pop-up box tracks how many free samples are still available. If you click on the icon after all five free samples have been used, you can still link to more information about PatentPak.

The substance location information feature within the SciFinder patent display is not included in the complementary access although availability is noted in the display.

Want to know more about PatentPak?

Read the product information (with useful screenshots!) here:

Watch a video guide here:

Want to recommend PatentPak for purchase?

If you take advantage of any of the free content samples and consider that adding PatentPak to our existing subscription to SciFinder would be worthwhile, please contact me at

Open access publishing – share your experiences on our wiki!


We have revived the Chemistry Library wiki so that you can share your experiences of open access publishing in Chemistry.

Useful tips, problems and successes are all welcome. It is hoped that this can become a useful, central source of information and guidance in open access publishing for you all, ultimately saving you time by avoiding duplication of effort.

  • Follow this link to get to the wiki: (Alternatively, there is a link to the wiki from the Chemistry Library website, on the left-hand side menu bar, in the ‘Information’ section).
  • The Raven login page should appear (unless you are already logged on to Raven). Please enter your Raven login credentials and click on the ‘Login’ button.
  • Click on the link for ‘Open access publishing – share your experiences!’.
  • To add a comment, please click on ‘Edit’ which can be found on the menu at the very top of the page.
  • Once you have added your name, your CRSID, the date, and your comment(s) click on the ‘Save’ button.

There are links to help in navigating/editing the wiki throughout but if you have any problems please contact us.

We look forward to seeing your comments on the wiki!

New ‘Chemistry Journal Access’ web page

journal access web page screenshot

The aim of this new web page is to make it easier for you to get to the full text of journals from outside the Department by listing the key journals with links via the University Library’s proxy server (that hosts all our subscribed e-journal content).

When you click on a journal name on the list from outside of the Department you should be prompted for your Raven login details in order to gain full-text access.

It is a work in progress; the most common chemistry journals are listed for now but your suggestions for additions would be most welcome (email link provided at the bottom of the page). Please let us know if you encounter any technical problems.

Follow this link to get to this new web page: (Alternatively, there is a link to ‘Journal Access’ from the Chemistry Library website, on the left-hand side menu bar, in the ‘Book & Periodical Search’ section).