RSC Prospect

See science come alive - structured science within RSC journal articles

RSC Prospect


How do I know which articles have been enhanced?

Samples of the enhanced articles are available from the Examples link, and all of the RSC Prospect articles are indicated from the journal contents pages by the RSC Prospect image

contents page indicator

Having selected the article, the intermediate abstract page will show a link to the Enhanced HTML article. The link to the Enhanced article is also available from the toolbox menu in the unenhanced HTML article.

Prospect view link

Prospect view link

The Enhanced HTMLarticle availability will be free or subscriber-only depending on the status of the other article formats (PDF and unenhanced HTML). The Examples page contains several examples which will be freely available to all users.

The enhanced articles

The enhanced features are accessed via a new transparent toolbox on the right of the article. 

Article with transparent toolbox

Article with transparent toolbox

Placing the cursor over the toolbox allows the options to be selected. As the reader scrolls through the article, the toolbox will also scroll down to keep the options available. The toolbox can be rolled-up by clicking on the arrow buttons to make the article clearer to read if the options are not required - taking the mouse away from the toolbox will make it transparent again.

Enhanced options

The options available from the new toolbox are:

Enhanced toolbox
Prospect view toolbox
Print this article, Download PDF, Email a friend are standard options which allow access to the most commonly used functions used by readers.

Prospect View FAQ links to a help file about the project with some details on browser limitations and how the enhancements have been achieved.

Normal View will take readers to the unenhanced HTML version of the paper.

Advanced features include finding citing articles, and downloads of the article information to reference manager software. Links are provided to the RSS feeds and e-alert requests, and searches are available for articles with the same authors and with similar titles.

Navigation options allow easy access to the different sections of an article. 

Ontology Terms features drop-down boxes if the article contains terms from the Gene Ontology, Sequence Ontology, Cell Ontology, or ChEBI (Chemical Entities of Biological Interest). The drop-down boxes will contain the list of the terms in that ontology which appear (or their synonyms appear) in the paper. Selecting a term from these boxes will open a pop-up window, which contains details on the term and other related articles.

Highlight Terms offers up to four options, each of which will highlight different terms in the paper dependent n content.

Show Gold Book will highlight in yellow terms in the paper which appear in the IUPAC Gold Book. 

Show chemical ontology terms will highlight in green the terms from the ChEBI ontology that may appear in the paper (the same terms that appear in the drop-down boxes) so the readers can judge the context. 

Show bio-ontology terms will highlight in blue the terms from the Gene, Sequence, and Cell ontologies that may appear in the paper (the same terms that appear in the drop-down boxes) so the readers can judge the context. 

Show Compounds will highlight in pink the compounds which have been identified in the paper. 

Highlighted article

Prospect view with compounds, chemical and bio- ontology terms highlighted

Clicking on highlighted terms

Clicking on highlighted Gold Book terms will open a new pop-up window which links directly to the online IUPAC Gold Book

Clicking on a highlighted ontology term will open a new pop-up window which gives a definition of that term, a link to the online ontology, and also lists other related RSC papers which have been enhanced and also contain that term.

Gene Ontology pop-up

Pop-up box containing Gene Ontology term information

Clicking on a highlighted compound will open a new pop-up window which gives several pieces of information about that compound: the compound name, any synonyms, the InChI (IUPAC's Chemical Identifier) full identifier and tke InChIkey, SMILES strings for the compound, a downloadable CML (Chemical Markup Language) file, and a 2-D graphic of the compound. There is also a list of other RSC enhanced articles which contain that compound. From April 2008 links are provided to find the identified compound on PubChem, or within SureChem's patent database.

Compound information popup

Pop-up box containing compound information

The enhanced functionality enables reader to quickly judge the subject content of the article, bringing up definitions and lists of related articles. The compound information identified allows standard information on each compound to be viewed and downloaded for reference, while also providing links to other articles containing this compound. The downloaded CML may be viewed in the jmol applet, but sometimes the CML will not render - we are investigating this behaviour.

CML viewed in jmol

CML viewed in jmol

These features are the first results of our Project Prospect to enhance online articles. Please send any feedback - suggestions or questions - and we'll do our best to answer.


Frequently asked questions regarding Project Prospect

Contact and Further Information

RSC Prospect
Email the development team

Related Links

Link icon InChI
The IUPAC Chemical Identifier

Link icon CML
Chemical Markup Language

Link icon The GO Consortium
The Gene Ontology project

Link icon The Sequence Ontology
The Sequence Ontology project

Link icon Open Biomedical Ontologies
Well-structured controlled vocabularies

Link icon IUPAC Gold Book
IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology

Link icon SMILES
Simplified molecular input line entry specification

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