19 Jan 2015
The start of 2015 sees change afoot for two of our bibliographic databases: Catalysts & Catalysed Reactions and Methods in Organic Synthesis. To respond to the growing interdisciplinary nature of research in the chemical sciences, we have discontinued these titles and merged them into a new product – Synthetic Reaction Updates.
Synthetic Reaction Updates is a literature updating service keeping you up to date with recent developments in synthetic organic chemistry. Its scope is all synthetic chemistry, with a focus on organic chemistry and interesting transformations of functional groups.
With our new platform, external editors – your peers in the community – are choosing content; so you can be sure that Synthetic Reaction Updates will include the most important and exciting reactions published across a wide range of primary resources in the recent scientific literature.
The updates are presented as easily readable reaction schemes and are also searchable by topic and reaction type (from a list). Plus e-alerts can now be tailored by reaction type. Even better, we do the hard work: searching the literature for you and highlighting the best content. Who knows, with serendipitous discovery, we could send you things you didn’t know you were looking for!
Synthetic Reaction Updates is now live, so make sure you pay our new web pages a visit and sign up to weekly or monthly alerts, tailored for your scientific interests.
04 Dec 2014
We know that journal articles can sometimes seem overly complicated and overwhelming for students who are new to the world of academic publishing.
Our guide to reading journal articles addresses this confusion. With simple explanations of:
• how articles are structured;
• where to find specific information;
• what peer review is; and
• how to critically assess content
…students don’t need to feel daunted any longer.
Read our latest annotated articles for free
We have selected articles that we think will be of particular interest to students and linked them to Chemistry World articles, ChemSpider entries, related journal articles, books and relevant Learn Chemistry resources.
Our most recent annotated articles include:
Detecting Strep throat, which was originally published in Analyst and looks at detecting strep throat bacterium using touch spray mass spectrometry.
A natural herbicide, which was picked from Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry and investigates the development of thaxtomin A.
We need you… to give our annotated article series a new name!
Our free annotated articles need a new name. We’d like your help to choose a new one. So, if you think you know what they should be called, send us your ideas – we want to hear from you!
10 Nov 2014
Achievements by individuals and teams in advancing the chemical sciences should be celebrated. That’s why at the Royal Society of Chemistry we have over 80 Prizes and Awards covering all areas of the chemical sciences.
Plus, for 2015, our eight refocused Industry & Technology Awards recognise outstanding innovation, community engagement, industry–academia collaborations, entrepreneurship and science by individuals and teams in the chemical sciences industry:
• Chemistry World Entrepreneur of the Year Award
• Creativity in Industry Prize
• Industrial Analytical Science Award
• Inspiration and Industry Award
• Materials for Industry – Derek Birchall Award
• Organic Industrial Chemistry Award
• Teamwork in Innovation Award
• Young Industrialist of the Year Award
Rewarding Excellence, Gaining Recognition
Winning is good for your reputation and good for your business.
Any individual or team can be nominated for an award. But nominations are down to you, our Royal Society of Chemistry members. Do you want to:
…raise the profile of your organisation?
…reward your colleague or employee for their achievements?
…win up to £5000 and the opportunity to raise awareness of your work?
If you know someone that deserves recognition, nominate them today.
Or, if you have made a significant contribution to advancing the chemical sciences or chemical sciences industry, ask a Royal Society of Chemistry member to nominate you.
Nominations close on 15 January 2015.
07 Oct 2014
As the only major learned society publisher of books and ebooks in the chemical sciences, you can rely on our comprehensive collection to deliver quality titles from international experts on topical subjects.
From forensics and food science, medicine and materials science to environmental issues and nanoscience, we’ve got it covered.
Our catalogue of titles for 2015 is now available.
The books are suitable for a diverse readership, encompassing professional reference books, specialist periodical reports, text books and general interest titles. So whatever you need, you can be sure to find something relevant.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? You can browse our entire collection on our website.
If you have any questions, or would like to place an order, please contact us.
23 Sep 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
19 Sep 2014
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.
21 Jul 2014
We all want value for money.
Here at the Royal Society of Chemistry we’re proud to be a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. So we invest any surplus back into the community.
And as the world’s leading chemistry community, we want to make sure your researchers can access the very best content.
Our plans and pricing for 2015 show our commitment to this aim.
Key highlights and changes for 2015 include:
- Chemical Science will become a Gold Open Access journal, with no article processing fees for at least two years
- A new journal: Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, available free online to all existing customers (and registered individuals) until the end of 2016
- Our collections continue to represent excellent discounts when compared with individual journal prices:
- RSC Gold, our most comprehensive package, has expanded to include Biomaterials Science
- We’ve increased the discount on the Core Chemistry Collection to 35%
- More content: Nanoscale and Polymer Chemistry are doubling in frequency to 48 issues per year
- To help smaller institutions, the flexibility of our eBook Pick and Choose model lets you choose only the books you and your researchers really need
- Our annual eBook Collections are now available for all years from 2008 to 2015. We will publish a minimum of 65 eBooks in 2015
And in response to customer feedback, Methods in Organic Synthesis and Catalysts & Catalysed Reactions will merge to form Synthetic Reaction Updates – a new easily digestible, quality database with no content overlap.
If you would like to discuss your current subscriptions, or you have any questions, please contact us.