ChemSpider SyntheticPages and the benefits of publishing chemical syntheses online
by Antony Williams, ChemConnector on Oct 01, 2012
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The ChemSpider database is a free online resource containing information for over 28 million unique chemicals. The platform has been used as the foundation of a number of other resources including ...
The ChemSpider database is a free online resource containing information for over 28 million unique chemicals. The platform has been used as the foundation of a number of other resources including ChemSpider SyntheticPages (CSSP), an online “micro-publishing” site serving chemists interested in chemical syntheses. Synthetic chemists are encouraged to publish the details of their experiments in order to communicate the details of their work. Using a template-based entry form, multimedia support including interactive display of spectral data, CSSP provides an environment for students to develop their writing skills in terms of reporting science. The articles are reviewed by the CSSP editorial board, made up of university professors, as well as then being peer-reviewed by the incorporation of public commentary. Each micro-publication includes a digital object identifier (DOI) making the CSSP contribution a citable object on a CV. This presentation will provide an overview of the ChemSpider SyntheticPages platform and demonstrate how chemists can actively expose their work to the community-at-large and can use the ChemSpider platform to access data that could be of value in everyday lab work. We will also discuss our view of a future platform for managing personal, institutional and public chemistry in a shared environment.