Wiley InterScience Announces Organic Reactions Database

Mar 19, 2004

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Wiley InterScience, the online content service of publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has announced that Organic Reactions, a new database devoted exclusively to synthetic reactions, will soon be introduced. Organic Reactions is scheduled to officially launch in mid-April. Based on the series that serves as a resource for organic chemists, the Organic Reactions database is intended to offer chemists even greater research capabilities by providing faster research paths, and presenting the content in a structure, substructure, and reaction-searchable format.

Organic Reactions presents chemistry from a preparative point of view, with a focus on reaction limitations, interfering influences, the effects of chemical structure, and the selection of experimental conditions. The database includes procedures that illustrate the significant modifications of the chemical reaction, and tables that include examples of the reaction. Each reaction is presented with information about the reaction conditions, products, and yields where available, and is referenced to the primary literature.

Features of Organic Reactions include the following: Structure and Substructure Search--Users are able to search across the database for a chemical structure or substructure by using their choice of chemical drawing software (ChemDraw, ISIS Draw), either by creating a new structure or cutting and pasting from research papers. Reaction Search--Users are able to search across the database for a specific chemical reaction or sub-reaction using chemical drawing software. Real-time, Enhanced, Full-Text Searching Capabilities--Users can perform real-time, full-text searches as well as search by CAS RN, chemical name, and sort by publication year, yield of reaction, and other such properties. Evolving Product of Critically Selected Content--The initial database will consist of the content from the Organic Reactions series, volumes 25 to the present. The total number of reactions included in the first year is expected to be 75,000; total number of reactions included in the second year will be 105,000; and the total number of reactions in the third year will be 135,000.

An explanation of the scope and limits of the reaction type will also be included. Cross-Ref will enable linking to primary literature references regardless of the publisher's identity, and internal links to Wiley's other databases, such as Organic Syntheses, will be added in future enhancements. New data will be added to Organic Reactions on a continuous basis, in an effort to provide users with the most current and authoritative information available. The data will be collected and edited by Larry Overman, editor-in-chief of the Organic Reactions series, in cooperation with the Organic Reactions editorial and advisory board of approximately 50 contributors from the organic chemistry community.