CHEMICAL ABSTRACTS SERVICE
(Joint with Council)
The Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service (CCAS) met in executive session on March 19 and in open session jointly with the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications and the Division of Chemical Information on March 22. CAS management reported on a number of developments including the new release of SciFinder and 2009 database milestones.
More than 10 million small molecules were added to the CAS Registry in 2009, for a total of 51.3 million. More than 1.2 million publications from journals, patents, and other sources were indexed in CA/CAplus, bringing total indexed publications to more than 28.7 million, and CAplus now has a total of 5.5 million indexed patents. CAS now covers 60 patent authorities with the addition of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines in late 2009.
The spring 2010 SciFinder release will improve the scientist's research experience in five specific areas: query entry (draw structures more efficiently), search (create more precise reaction searches and access an additional 13.6 million synthetic preparations with a single reaction query), results display (access preferred chemical supplier information more directly), results manipulation (work more easily with combined answer sets), and post-processing (export results for reference management software in .ris format and print PDF).
Members discussed the committee's mission and ways to improve the flow of information from the society's members to CAS management as well as providing information back to the ACS membership. The committee agreed that the chair and CCAS members will take a more active role within the open-meeting format. Mechanisms will be put in place by the fall 2010 ACS meeting with the objective of improving communication and will be reported at that time.
—Spiro D. Alexandratos, Chair
Source: Chemical and Engineering News Online, May 31, 2010, Volume 88, Number 22, ACS News - Web Exclusive