NEUCHATEL, Switzerland, September 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced it has become one of the Charter Members of the InChI Trust and will have a seat on the board at the first InChI Trust Board meeting on September 11th.
Originally developed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI) is a non-proprietary, international standard to represent chemical structures as an alpha-numeric character string generated by an algorithm. InChIs are machine-readable and therefore allow chemistry and chemical structures to be much more navigable and discoverable. The InChI Trust is a not-for-profit organization established to develop and improve on the current InChI standard and thereby further enable the interlinking of chemistry and chemical structures on the web.
Recognizing that scientists need to navigate through a range of information sources, Elsevier has already implemented InChI Keys within Reaxys(R), the leading workflow solution for synthetic chemists. The use of InChIs also ties into the broader Elsevier strategy of Content Innovation in which research articles are enriched to provide more depth, value, and context to our users. For the chemistry journals available on ScienceDirect, the incorporation of InChI keys will accordingly improve the discoverability and organisation of compounds within the chemistry scientific literature, facilitating and accelerating connectivity to other research tools and content sources.
"Elsevier understands that chemists use a variety of tools and
information sources in their research work," said Dr. David Evans, Director
Scientific Affairs at Elsevier Properties SA, and representing Elsevier at
the Trust Board meeting. "The aim is to help them to navigate seamlessly
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