Monday, 11 January 2010
This past year, the Tufts Library collections added a new entry to its set of chemistry databases: Reaxys.
Owned by Elsevier (publishers of Engineering Village, Scopus, and ScienceDirect, among others), Reaxys provides information on compounds, going back to 1771 for articles and 1876 for patents. It is based on the combined content of CrossFire Beilstein (organic chemistry), CrossFire Gmelin (inorganic and organometallic compounds), and the Patent Chemistry Database (PCD) as well as additional pharmacological, ecological and toxicological data. Searches can be done on substances, reactions, and citations (including patents) as well as by drawing chemical structures.
Reaxys differs from other databases not merely in its content, but also its focus, which is to support the chemistry-related R&D workflow. This focus is reflected in the database’s interface, which merges all search results about a compound or a reaction into a single record which displays substances, reactions, and citations as well as direct links to the full-text of articles (where available through Tufts’ subscriptions) and patents and descriptions of experimental procedures.
Reaxys also includes a “synthesis planner” for evaluating alternative synthetic routes and the ability to identify and combine reaction steps to develop an effective synthetic strategy. Search queries can be based on either reactions or bibliographic information and custom searches based on 9 types of data fields can be built and saved for future use. Search results can be exported in various formats and links are provided to eMolecules, which provides information on commercial suppliers of substances.