Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) has released the SciFinder 2004 Edition including enhancements that are integrated with CAS' weekly updated reaction database. SciFinder is a synthesis research tool for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. SciFinder's new "Analyze Reactions" tool lets scientists profile reactions in terms of relevant categories, such as the catalyst used, solvent involved, the number of reaction steps, or product yields. In addition to the new reaction features, SciFinder's new version provides structure searches of the entire CAS substance collection or allows focus by substance classes, such as coordination compounds, mixtures, or polymers. All of these enhanced applications in the SciFinder 2004 Edition are also available in the corresponding version of SciFinder Scholar for students and faculty.
CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is an organization of scientists creating and delivering a digital information environment for scientific research and discovery. CAS provides pathways to published research in the world's journal and patent literature back to the beginning of the twentieth century. CAS publishes the print version of Chemical Abstracts (CA), related publications and CD-ROM services; operates the CAS Chemical Registry; produces a family of online databases; and offers the SciFinder desktop research tool. CAS operates STN International, a network of scientific and technical databases, in association with FIZ Karlsruhe in Germany and the Japan Science and Technology Corporation.