ChemSpider-Synthetic Pages and Links

So you may have noticed I’ve been adding quite a few links to the site. I can’t believe how many good chemistry site their are out there. And I don’t just mean blogs (but there are quite a few of those that I’ve been reading). I mean actual useful tools for an organic chemist. For example, I’m a huge fan of the synthetic pages of ChemSpider. If you don’t know what ChemSpider is, it is a free database of chemistry sponsored by the RCS. The orginal project was simply a strucuture database which would allow users to dump their data regardig a particular molecule they synthesized. They have acquired quite the collection and have a excellent method for retrieiving desired structures (similar to Scifinder or Reaxys, a structure search or a text search). And it is all 100% completely free to the user. I don’t mean like your “university pays a subscription” free. I mean I can go on any computer anyway with internet capabilities (so basically not Egypt who has the power to turn the internet off and on at will) and search. No strings attached. The only limits to the database is its based on user submissions. So only compounds that people submit will appear and if no one likes it, the database is gone be quite limited. This frankly was not the case as ChemSpider is extremely popular and has sumbission numbers in the millions. Recently, the RCS has started another similar project: the Synthetic Pages. Instead of indexing just compounds, the synthetic pages (which are still only in the beta stages) index reactions with the ultimate goal or finding procedures that work. As you can imagine, not every piece of literature is…lets say reliable. Some articles (and I have and will be reviewing some) are just crap and their procedures are either incomplete or inaccurate to the true yield/purity. CSSP hopes to assist in that problem by only publishing highly detailed, highly reproducable procedures. Think of it as a more modern Organic Syntheses. Users submit procedures that they have done (either ones that they have developed or those existing in the literature) that are accurate and reliable. The submission goes through a screening process much like a peer-review. Once that’s done, the article will then be uploaded to the database and indexed. The nice part is its very in tune with today’s generation. You can leave comments regarding uploaded procedures so as to confirm the procedure works, add an addition modification, or even refute an authors claim. And it’s not just limited to organic reactions. Inorganic and organometallic procedures can be submitted as well! Moreover, pages can be filled with multimedia, from spectral files to videos. You can even cite CSSP procedures in journals or publish them as a supplement to your supporting information (maybe in more detail). I found it quite useful and have even published one article already. So go visit CSSP! The other link I want to quickly highlight that is SO cool is Chem Reference Resolver (thanks to the Stoltz Group for finding this one and letting me know about it). I’ve called it chemistry reference finder in the links. Its basically a DOI search engine. You can put in a reference (even if you only have the journal, the year and the page) in any ACS or other chemical journal format and it will find it for you. Not only that it will take you direct to the site hosting the article! Try it out for yourself! Ckellz…Off to UConn…



  1. Hi!

    The Oganic Chemistry Reference Resolver is not a DOI resolver. Yet 🙂
    It is designed solely to work with traditional references, such as ‘Acc. Chem. Res. 2000, 33, 346’

    To resolve a DOI, one can just go to

  2. Yeah I think thats a lot better too cause if you have the doi you can find it anywhere and practically all journals do traditional references

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