What’s New in SciFinder

Refer from:  http://www.cas.org/products/scifinder/whats-new-in-scifinder

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Updates to Non-Java Structure Editor and Substance Answer Set Display (January 2014)

Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Update

New features and enhancements in this update include:

  • The R-Group tool now includes all sub-menu options in a single window
  • Bond spouting of carbon nodes is enabled by clicking on an existing carbon node
  • The Non-Java CAS Structure Editor is now set as the default structure editor. If selected, the Java version becomes the default.

R group screen


Substance Answer Set Display

A user’s ability to quickly scan and read results is enhanced by the following:

  • Grid elements are now all left justified
  • Regulatory information now appears as a text link in the grid along with Experimental Properties and Spectra information
  • The commercial sources icon now includes a supplier count

Substance answer set display



Full Text PDF links and Additional Non-Java Structure Editor Updates (December 2013)

Highlights of this update include direct links to full text PDFs for U.S. patents and additions to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor.

Full Text PDFs

The new direct PDF link for U.S. patents provides one-click access to a PDF of the patent’s full text without the need to navigate to an external website. Initial coverage will include ~800,000 patents from 1998-2013, with new patents added moving forward. This feature is available in reference answer sets and in Reference Detail and Reaction Detail.






Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Update

Enhancements to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor continue. The latest features to be added include:

  • Add to Editor tool: convert a CAS Registry Number® to a structure
  • Lock Atoms tool: block substitution at a designated atom
  • Selection tool: select all or part of a structure to copy, move or delete



Enhancements to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor (November 2013)

Highlights of this latest update include additions to the functionality of the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor, a new Display Options user interface and linking to myCAS from the Password and Account Information section of your SciFinder Preferences.

Enhancements to the Non-Java CAS Structure Editor

The following features are now available in the Non-Java version of the structure editor:

  • Reaction arrow tool
  • Undo/Redo with complete cycle of undo/redo actions
  • Chain tool
  • Structure drawing preferences for fixed drawing length and angle

Display Options Improvement

Answers per page and layout options for answer set detail are now available in a single pop-up window when Display Options is selected. This applies to all reference, substance, and reaction answer sets.


Enhanced Account Management

This enhancement seamlessly links the SciFinder Password and Account Information preference to the account management feature in myCAS, thus sparing users the need to re-enter their username and password.


Content Enhancements

  • ~26,000 German patents were updated and now include corresponding patent front page graphics
  • ~23,000 experimentally determined heteroatom NMR spectra were added to the database (B11 , N15, O17)


New Non-Java CAS Structure Editor (October 2013)

The latest SciFinder update features a new structure editor that does not require a Java plug-in for web browsers. Other enhancements improve the usability of existing features. Commercial sources answer sets now include substance Quick View and supplier information now includes mailto hyperlinks. Analyze by reagents is a new option for reaction answer sets. Additionally, SciPlanner tutorials have increased availability, and access to account management settings is improved.

Non-Java CAS Structure Editor

The new Non-Java structure editor is an alternative to the Java-based editor and allows users to draw structures for substance and reaction searches without requiring a Java plug-in. The available features are equivalent to those in the Java version, with remaining features to be released shortly.


Analyze by Reagents

A new default Analyze option for reaction searching lists all reagents contained in the reaction answer set. It allows researchers to quickly scan for particular reagents, giving them the ability to focus on reagents they have available or use frequently, or to evaluate different reagents for a particular type of reaction.


Substance Quick View in Commercial Sources Answer Sets

Users can now view substance details without leaving commercial source answer sets, and this enhancement makes it quicker and easier to scan larger answer sets which may contain multiple substances.


Commercial Supplier Email Hyperlinks

The addition of mailto links in commercial supplier records is a time saving feature that opens a pre-populated email message and allows you to contact a supplier while still in a SciFinder session.


Increased Availability of SciPlanner Tutorials

To help orient users to its features and functionality, SciPlanner tutorials are now available each time SciPlanner is launched. Users have the option to not show this screen.


Enhanced Account Management

This feature addresses a key user need by improving visibility of, and access to account management settings.


Content Addition

When available, substance detail records now contain harmonized tariff code information. (The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) is part of the World Customs Organization standardized system of names and numbers for classifying and tracking traded products.)



New SciFinder Design (June 2013)

SciFinder’s new, streamlined design lets you access powerful search options in just one click; quickly identify the latest, most relevant research via a more intuitive layout; and more easily access saved searches and alerts.

Download an overview presentation or click the image below for an interactive, introductory tutorial.

New SciFinder design


Springer Experimental Procedure Data Added to SciFinder (April 2013)

In addition to a number of system enhancements, this SciFinder maintenance release features the introduction of experimental procedure data from Springer journals and an increase to 14 days for the time a user can remain logged in using the Remember Me option.

Springer Experimental Procedure Data

Springer and CAS will collaborate to add experimental procedure data for chemical reactions reported in 165 Springer chemistry journals covering the period 1985 to the present. Read the press release.

Springer experimental procedure


Remember Me

Not only has the duration a user can remain signed-in been extended to 14 days, but if selected at sign-in, the option is presented as the default the next time a user is required to enter their credentials.

Keep ME Signed in for Two Weeks



New SciFinder® Release Enhances User Experience with Ease-of-Use Features (December 2012)

The latest SciFinder update features several ease-of-use enhancements that improve user interaction with SciFinder and act as an introduction to more usability improvements coming in 2013.

Remember Me

Using the Remember Me option enables you to:

  • Remain signed in for seven days (unless you sign out)
  • Sign in with a single mouse click if you are unexpectedly timed out
  • Return automatically to your default Explore page when returning to SciFinder
  • Be remembered on up to three browser or computer combinations for easier access from multiple workstations

When the Remember Me box is selected, SciFinder sets a cookie with encrypted authentication on your browser. This cookie is set to expire in seven days.

User Interface Enhancements

Ongoing user interface enhancements allow you to:

  • Manipulate answer sets more effectively with all Select options now grouped into a single dropdown menu
  • Quickly navigate answer sets with the new page input field
  • Return to your last viewed answer within an answer set using the breadcrumb link or Return button 

New and Improved SciFinder Help

Streamlined SciFinder Help enhances and guides your learning experience.

Suggested workflows and interactive navigation maps quickly guide you to step-by-step instructions on how to use a specific feature. And many SciFinder features are also demonstrated with short video tutorials. View a narrated tutorial on the new Help.


View a short e-seminar overview of all the enhancements in this update. (WebEx e-seminar 13 minutes)


New SciFinder® Features Help Scientists Increase Productivity (September 2012)

The latest update improves precision and evaluation of reaction answer sets, and allows easier collaboration with other SciFinder users.

More Precise Reaction Answer Sets

  • A new default role (reactant) assigned to substances or fragments to the left of the reaction arrow improves the precision of reaction searches. (The former default role of reactant/reagent is still an option.)


Group Reaction Answers by Transformation

  • Quickly evaluate synthesis options and preferred pathways by grouping single-step reaction answers by transformation type.
  • Classify answers in a way that is meaningful to synthetic chemists.
  • Easily manage and evaluate large, comprehensive answer sets.
  • Take advantage of hundreds of common transformation types.



Share SciPlanner™ Plans

  • Collaboration is easier than ever with new Export/Import options that let you share your SciPlanner plans with other SciFinder users.
  • Export a plan locally in the new SciPlanner exchange format (.pkx) and email or share the file with a colleague.
  • Collaborators or colleagues can open your plan using the new Import feature.



New SciFinder Enhancements Provide Convenient Access to Content (April 2012)

The latest update of SciFinder debuts features that boost search convenience. The new features include direct searching of substance properties, converting CAS Registry Number® identifiers to structures, and convenient preview of substance and reference answer sets with Quick View.

Property Search

SciFinder now enables users to search substances by individual experimental or predicted property. Researchers can target substances with a particular property value or range of values in the CAS REGISTRYSM, which contains more than 70 million substances characterized by 3.8 billion experimental and predicted properties.

SciFinder Substance Property search


Convert CAS Registry Number to Structure SciFinder Add to Editor icon

Structure searching has been made easier by the convenience of inputting a CAS Registry Number to the structure editor. As an alternative to drawing a structure, a CAS Registry Number is entered by using the Add to Editor function.

SciFinder CAS Registry Number to structure conversion

The editor displays the associated chemical structure, which can then be used or easily modified for a structure, reaction or Markush search.

SciFinder conversion of Registry Number to structure

Preview Substance and Reference Answer Sets with Quick View SciFinder Quick View icon

From multiple locations in SciFinder, users can preview additional details about a substance or reference through use of Quick View. Working with answer sets is more efficient and convenient since Quick View is presented as a pop-up screen, enabling the user to remain in their current view.

Substance Quick View

Hover over an individual compound in a substance answer set and click the magnifying glass icon to see a substance Quick View, which contains additional information such as synonyms, molecular formula and source of registration.

SciFinder Substance answer set Quick View

Quick View is interactive. Click on the CAS Registry Number link to go directly to a Substance Detail page.

SciFinder Substance Quiock View example

Reference Quick View

In a reference answer set, Quick View includes the full abstract, bibliographic information, ACS journal Table of Contents graphics, abstract graphics and structure images for up to the first 50 indexed substances.

SciFinder Reference answer set Quick View

SciFinder Reference Quick View example

Within a reference Quick View, click the reference title to go directly to the Reference Detail page. Full text access is also just a click away.

Quick View is available in other locations such as the Citations and indexed Substances sections of Reference Detail.

SciFinder Reference Citations Quick View   SciFinder Substance indexing Quick View

Latest SciFinder Update Implements New Content to Improve the Scientist’s Workflow (February 2012)

SciFinder now offers the researcher one-click access to commercial chemical source pricing and availability information. With the ability to access commercial chemical source pricing and availability information, you can now conduct a substance search from initial query to purchasing decision without ever having to open another search tool. Additional sorting and analysis features for pricing and availability make this new information easy to find.

Adding to SciFinder’s premier collection of reaction experimental procedures are new procedures from major sources such as Taylor & Francis and German and Japanese patents.

Pricing & Availability Information for Commercially Available Compounds

  • During a SciFinder session, researchers can link to pricing and availability information for substances. In addition, commercial chemical sources can be analyzed and sorted by “Pricing & Availability.” This enables faster decisions on whether a substance of interest can be purchased within time and budget guidelines.
  • The new links to substance pricing and availability complement SciFinder’s existing feature for setting supplier preferences, thus enabling researchers to quickly find this information from their preferred supplier sources and make the most of their research time.

Additional Experimental Procedure Information

  • Adding to an already substantial collection of experimental procedure information, new data from Taylor & Francis journals, and Japanese and German patents will further assist researchers in determining if a reaction is of interest. From within a reaction answer set, it will be easy to evaluate whether a procedure is of interest based on information such as reaction conditions, catalysts and nonstandard reagents.
  • New sources from Taylor & Francis include Synthetic CommunicationsJournal of Coordination Chemistry, and Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and The Related Elements covering the period 1998-present.
  • Translated English-language procedures are now included for Japanese- and German-language patents from source agencies such as JPO, WIPO and EPO covering the period 2008-present.

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