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Highlights in Chemical Biology

Chemical biology news from across RSC Publishing.

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Science come alive

26 September 2006

From 2007, authors publishing in RSC journals will start to see their science 'come alive' thanks to an exciting new project.

The aim of Project Prospect is to make the science within journal articles machine-readable through semantic enrichment - the integration of metadata into text. RSC editors will be annotating compounds, concepts and data within the articles and linking these to additional electronic resources such as biological databases. This will transform the free text within an article to add new ways of identifying, retrieving and presenting the information within RSC publications.

The project is the result of the collaboration of RSC Publishing with the academic community to develop online journal articles for the future. It is an ambitious undertaking, and we will be releasing new features on a regular basis in the coming months. 




The first phase of Project Prospect will feature links from our articles to: 

  • compound information, including graphics, InChIs (International Chemical Identifiers), and downloadable CML (chemical markup language)           
  • entries in the Gold Book - the advanced XML version of the IUPAC compendium of nearly 7000 terms, with authoritative definitions, spanning the whole range of chemistry           
  • open biomedical ontologies (OBO) - Gene Ontology, Sequence Ontology, and Cell Ontology terms appearing within papers             

Bookmark the website to keep up with the latest developments on this exciting new project

Science Come Alive

From the beginning of February 2007, authors publishing in RSC journals will see their science "come alive" thanks to an exciting new project pioneered by RSC Publishing.

RSC launches new online book collection

26 September 2006

Finding useful information from your research library has just got easier, with the launch of the RSC eBook Collection. You will be able to access and download existing and new books from the RSC from the comfort of your own laboratory or office using the RSC eBook Collection.

The RSC hopes that this convenient service will help you and others access the valuable, scientific content held in RSC books quickly and easily, and with the same ease as journal articles.  It will also give access to the many new books published by the RSC each year, keeping people up to date. 

The collection is fully searchable and covers all areas of the chemical sciences from core chemistry, food science, nanoscience and biosciences.  All levels are catered for from high level monographs to undergraduate text books.  The collection has been organised into chapters and books that can be easily downloaded or read in pdf format.

Access will be via institutional subscription, so be sure to recommend the collection to your librarian.  Year on year the collection will grow as new RSC books are published ensuring that you have access to the very latest information! 

Find out more at

RSC eBook Collection

The frustration of finding useful information that can't be accessed online is over. Access and download existing and new books from the RSC.

And finally...

26 September 2006


Watch out for celebrations in 2007, as several RSC journals notch up landmark anniversaries. Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, confirmed as one of the leading European journals in its field by its latest impact factor of 2.5, is flourishing as it enters its fifth year of publication. The New Journal of Chemistry clocks up thirty successful years of publication as Dalton Transactions, the leading and highest ranked European journal for general inorganic chemistry, reaches the mature age of thirty five with no signs of settling down. 

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