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Chemistry and related Information on the Internet


  • This does not aim to be a comprehensive list of chemical information resources on the world wide web, but a set of pointers to the many large Chemistry link collections already available and direct links to a few sites of special interest.
  • See Databases page for links to Oxford University database subscriptions of interest to Chemists
  • All sites and data are free of charge unless marked


Introductory Guides & Training

Chemistry link collections

MAJOR Chemistry Resources

OTHER General Chemistry Resources

Specialist Resources


Chemistry/Science Web Search Sites

Mobile Sites and Apps


REACTION databases

  • Organic Syntheses - needs ChemDraw Plugin
  • Heterocycles Database: Natural products with heterocyclic ring system whose structure has been determined or synthesis accomplished since 1975
  • Named Organic Reactions Collection (compiled by Oxford undergraduates; can only be viewed in Chemistry IT suite); see also
  • Chemical Thesaurus - reaction chemistry database of fundamental chemistry
  • Organic Reactions (Wiley) - can browse by Reaction Type and view reaction details and abstract, but we do not have full text access (RSL has print copy)
  • Sigma-Aldrich Reaction Database - this new online tool enables you to find detailed literature procedures for a desired transformation by entering the starting material and product-of-interest. In addition, the procedures include a list of reagents needed as well as links to their respective product detail pages for easy ordering.


NB: See Databases page for major chemistry databases available via Oxford University subscriptions


  • Synthesis Reviews (Thieme) contains over 26,000 English language review articles (from journals and books) of interest to synthetic organic chemists, from 1970 to end-2009. Download the whole database as a text file or an Endnote library
  • - a federated search portal created through the collaboration of 21 leading science and technology societies, incl. AIP, APS, Electrochemical Society, IoP, IUCr, Optical Society of America and Royal Society; also includes some patents and US government reports.
  • Open J-Gate: a database of journal articles from over 3000 open access journals, from 2001, with full text links to full papers.
  • BEC Matters (IOP): a database of IOP journal articles and PhD dissertations on Bose-Einstein condensation and matter waves research; with free news update facility
  • OJOSE: Online JOurnal Search Engine - powerful free scientific search engine allows you to search different databases or the journals of specific publishers



  • GEIGER COM RESEARCH Engine - searches a collection of science and engineering technical reports from US government organisations
  • - access to US government science & technology resources incl. databases, images, publications, reports and data
  • GrayLit Network also searches technical reports from several different US government agencies
  • OAIster - one-stop search for open archived theses, reports and more



Most CITED Chemistry Journals/Articles/Scientists

  • CAS Science Spotlight shows the most highly Cited chemistry-related research publications for 1999 -2002. An abstract, and in most cases the full text, of papers/patents are provided free of charge. Also listed are the most requested and most intriguing journal articles.
  • lists the world's most Cited Researchers in 21 subject areas. It will grow to include 250 researchers in each category, based on the total number of citations received by their articles, as recorded in the ISI Citation Databases. Categories include Chemistry, Physics and Biology & Biochemistry.
  • Fast Breaking Papers (ISI) - those having the largest percentage increase in citations in their respective fields from one bimonthly update to the next: they represent recent scientific contributions just beginning to attract the attention of the scientific community.
  • ScienceWatch (Thomson Reuters) - Rankings, hot papers, analyses, research fronts: helps identify the latest developments and research


  • Index Translationum database contains bibliographical information on books translated and published in UNESCO's Member States since 1979 and totalling some 1,300,000 translations in all disciplines incl. sciences.




  • SciTopics (Elsevier): free expert-generated knowledge-sharing service for the scientific community. It serves as an information and collaboration service for researchers
  • 2collab (Elsevier): an online collaboration tool that enables researchers to share, connect and discuss research with their peers
  • LinkedIn: a professional social networking site; see Linking Up With LinkedIn
  • AuthorMapper (Springer): an online tool for visualizing scientific research, allowing document discovery based on author locations and geographic maps. Integrates content and mapping technology, and enables you to explore patterns in scientific research. Covers Springer Journals only.
  • biomedexperts (BME) - literature-based social networking platform for the life-science research communit, bringing the researchers together and allowing them to expand their professional network
  • AIP UniPHY - professional networking site for physical scientists: allows physicists and other scientists to directly connect with and explore their professional contacts and to identify researchers with the expertise needed for future collaborations

Miscellaneous Chemical sites

Mailing Lists/News Groups

Related subjects

For Information on related subjects try the following hubs/portals/link collections:

Miscellaneous REFERENCE sources

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