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Important information for Swets customers

On 19 September 2014, we were made aware that Swets & Zeitlinger Group B.V. (Swets), the subscription agent used by many institutions as an intermediary for purchasing our journals, was granted a provisional suspension of payments order by an Amsterdam court.

Swets works on behalf of many of our customers to gather subscriptions and payments before passing them to publishers to complete orders. The Royal Society of Chemistry is only able to fulfil orders placed by Swets once we have received the full payment for them.

With this in mind, and until we receive clearer information about the situation, we are advising all customers to consider carefully before placing further orders with or making payments to Swets, as well as to identify any orders or payments made recently.

We are currently working to gather more information about this and will post another update as soon as we know more. If you have questions about any orders you have placed recently, please contact your Account Manager or email sales@rsc.org.

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Can annotated articles help you?

As a new student, encountering the world of academic journals for the first time can be a little daunting. But help is at hand.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has introduced free annotated articles: a student-friendly way of reading our journals, designed to teach you how to understand, interpret and extract the most from an article.

Clearly defined, bite-sized chunks – rewritten by the authors – allow you to quickly grasp the key concepts of an article:

•    Why is this study important?
•    What is the objective?
•    What was their overall plan?
•    What was their procedure?
•    What are the conclusions?
•    What are the next steps?

With links to the associated Chemistry World article, ChemSpider entries, related journal articles, books and relevant Learn Chemistry resources, annotated articles are also a great practical tool for those teaching students how to read and understand journal articles.

Read the first two examples: Detecting iron the smart way, originally published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A, and Photocatalytic water oxidation at soft interfaces from Chemical Science.

Annotated articles are just one of the many free resources for students and educators on the Learn Chemistry Higher Education website. Check out further practical tools such as:

•    case studies to help with independent study;
•    problem-based laboratory projects which develop teamwork and investigation skills; and
•    How to… guides explaining vital skills such as referencing and citation.

So, whether you are a student yourself, or someone teaching new students how to use resources independently, bookmark Learn Chemistry today.

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The RSC joins CrossMark

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Those who publish with us and read our journals will know that we take our responsibility as a publisher very seriously.

Now, we’re taking that responsibility one step further by improving our ability to maintain the content we publish.

CrossMark is a system provided by CrossRef, which monitors published articles bearing the CrossMark logo. If you’re connected to the internet, clicking the logo will tell you whether or not the article version you have is current, providing a CrossRef DOI link to any updates.

You will also be able to see key record information such as funding sources, researcher identifiers, related data, copyright & licensing data and publication history.

Being a member of CrossMark gives our authors extra assurance that their work’s integrity is being protected. It’s also helped to simplify the research process. If a paper bearing the CrossMark logo is downloaded or saved, the system will make sure that you’ll always have the right version, so no need for repeat searches.

The CrossMark logo will be added to all articles published in our journals from 14 July 2014. Find out more on our CrossMark Policy page.

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CrossCheck aids plagiarism detection

CrossCheck powered by iThenticatePlagiarism.

It’s an ugly word that rings alarm bells for many in the world of scientific publishing, especially the authors. Because no-one wants their research to be copied and republished.

But with the increasing numbers of scientific articles submitted every day, how can we improve our ability to spot plagiarism and deal with it?

That’s where CrossCheck comes in.

Created by CrossRef and powered by iThenticate software, it provides publishers with a mechanism for detecting plagiarism in scholarly publications. So we, and many other scholarly publishers, can compare manuscripts against published ones, using the large content repository and the iThenticate software.

You’ve always been able to trust us to publish your work quickly and efficiently, and make it available to the worldwide community. Now you know you have an additional reason to trust us to protect that work, and maintain the integrity of the scientific record for you and for future generations.

So that’s another reason to publish with us. You can hear why others have chosen us as a publisher in this video.

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About CrossRef
CrossRef  is a not-for-profit membership association of publishers. Since its founding in 2000, CrossRef has provided reference linking services for over 64 million scholarly content items, including journal articles, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, reference entries, technical reports, standards, and data sets. CrossRef also provides additional collaborative services designed to improve trust in the scholarly communications process, including Cited-By linking, CrossCheck plagiarism screening, CrossMark update identification, and the FundRef funder identification service.

About iThenticate
iThenticate is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research departments to ensure the originality of written work before publication. iThenticate helps editors, authors and researchers prevent misconduct by comparing manuscripts against its database of over 43 billion web pages and 130 million content items, including 38 million works from 530 scholarly publisher participants of CrossCheck, a service offered by CrossRef and powered by iThenticate software. iThenticate is developed by Turnitin, the leader in plagiarism and originality checking for educational institutions worldwide. The company is headquartered in Oakland, California with international offices in Newcastle, United Kingdom. 

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Free colour in journal articles

Here at the Royal Society of Chemistry we are constantly looking to improve our procedures to make things easier for our journal authors.

And we are glad to say that we can now offer free colour for all images and figures in all of our journals, in print and online.

We believe this will further improve the efficiency of our submission, editing and publication processes, and enhance the readers’ experience as well.

So that’s one more reason to choose to publish with us.

View this video to hear from international researchers on why they choose Royal Society of Chemistry journals.

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Submit now: Abstract deadline for Carbon in Electrochemistry 4 November

The abstract deadline for Carbon in Electrochemistry (FD172) is now less than one week away, so submit your oral abstracts today for a chance to present at this engaging event. 

Connect with the following distinguished professionals: 

  • Richard McCreery, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Patrick Unwin, University of Warwick, UK
  • Hector Abruna, Cornell University, USA
  • Yury Gogotsi, Drexel University, USA
  • Philippe Bergonzo, CEA-LIST, France
  • Siegfried Waldvogel, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, Germany
  • Robert Dryfe, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Elizbieta Frackowiak, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
  • Dirk Guldi, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen/Nurnberg, Germany
  • Robert J Hamers, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to present you work and network with experts from industry and academia – Submit an abstract today to avoid disappointment!

For further details of how you can get involved in this interactive conference, please visit the event webpage.

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Abstract submission deadline for Faraday Discussion 171 only two weeks away!

NEW DEADLINE: 4 November 2013

There is now less than two weeks left to submit your oral abstracts for Emerging Photon Technologies for Chemical Dynamics: FD171 . 

Submit now for the chance to present your work alongside a selection of distinguished professionals, including: 

  • Nora Berrah, Western Michigan University
  • Christian Bressler, European XFEL GmbH
  • Henry Chapman, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science
  • Majed Chergui, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausann
  • Chris Jacobsen, Northwestern University/Argonne National Laboratory
  • Jon Marangos, Imperial College London
  • Robert Moshammer, Max-Planck-Institut fur Kernphysik
  • Kai Roßnagel, Institut für Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik
  • John Spence, Arizona State University
  • Martin Wolf, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to present you work; registration will shortly be closing, so submit now to avoid disappointment! 

For further details of how you can get involved in this inter-disciplinary event, please visit the event webpage.

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Astrochemistry of Dust, Ice and Gas (FD168)

The Universe is littered with the debris of dead and dying stars. This debris includes large quantities of micron and sub-micron size dust grains. For generations, astronomers seeking to unravel the complexity of the Universe have been frustrated by such dust blocking their view of many galaxies and the oldest parts of the Universe.

However, we now recognise that these cold dusty regions are in fact the progenitors of evolution in the modern Universe. Rich in chemical complexity, they are known to be the sites of star and planet formation and even the host for molecules that are necessary for the development of life itself.

Join this Faraday Discussion to address the cyclic role of dust in the chemical evolution of the Universe; from its synthesis in aged and dying stars, to grain-grain collisions and the first steps in the construction of new stars and planetary systems. 

This interdisciplinary event will unite leading experts from a variety of backgrounds, including: computational and experimental scientists working to unlock the secrets of the gas-grain interaction; astronomers engaged in observing and understanding star and planet formation and the role of icy dust grains in these processes; chemists and biologists seeking to understand the first tentative steps toward life on our own planet and others!

Registration will open shortly, so keep an eye on the  event webpage for the opportunity to be a part of this truly interactive event.

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The Merck Index Online

The Merck Index OnlineThe Royal Society of Chemistry are proud to be the exclusive providers of The Merck Index Online, which is now available for your library to purchase.

You can now watch our introductory video tutorial to find out more about this powerful and user-friendly platform. We hope you find it valuable!

Why choose The Merck Index Online for your library?

The Merck Index Online is an indispensable resource for researchers in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology & pharmaceuticals, toxicology, and medicine, featuring powerful search functionality and a user-friendly interface. It has been developed from the new 15th edition of The Merck Index, and offers:

   ✓ Over 11,500 monographs, fully searchable by text or structure
   ✓ Over 1,300 new structures and over 500 new monographs
   ✓ Unlimited concurrent users**
   ✓ Regular updates by a team of specialist editors
   ✓ A host of additional features including saved searches

You can take a look and try out the platform for yourself, or submit your details online to request further information on pricing and trials.

P.S. The Merck Index 15th edition is also available in print – you can order your copies online

* The name THE MERCK INDEX is owned by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, N.J., U.S.A., and is licensed to The Royal Society of Chemistry for use in the U.S.A. and Canada.

** For academic institutions, hospitals and pharmacies

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Altmetrics added to Royal Society of Chemistry journals

We are pleased to announce the inclusion of Altmetrics on 5 Royal Society of Chemistry journals.

Energy and Environmental Science  
Dalton Transactions
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Chemical Society Reviews
Lab on a Chip

With a constantly changing publishing landscape and changes to the way people use scientific literature, altmetrics is a measure that can monitor the level of conversation and interest in a particular piece of research at the article level. Thus altmetrics provides an additional modern metric for our authors to measure the impact of their work, rather than rely solely on citations and impact factor.

To view the altmetrics on articles within these journals, from the article landing page use the Metrics tab as pictured below.

Altmetrics for an EES articleA press release from Altmetrics is available on our website.

We are interested to hear your feedback on this new development and how you are utilising these new types of metrics. Please leave your comments below.

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