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New Swain Library Website Available

A new website is now available for the Swain Library at: Comments and suggestions are most welcome. Please send feedback to graceb[at]

While we have quit updating content on it, the URL to the old Swain Library website is Selected content is still being migrated to our new website and both sites will remain available until content migration is done.

Dow Lab Safety Academy (Online Videos)

"Among university science and engineering students, there’s a dangerous misconception that lab safety inhibits powerful research. Learn how Dow is helping students become safer in the lab and better prepared for the workforce."

Visit the Dow Lab Safety Academy


Press Release:

"Dow Lab Safety Academy Promotes Safety Mindset in Future Chemical Workforce

Digital learning environment provides academic researchers with resources for laboratory safety

MIDLAND, Mich. - May 20, 2013

Yesterday, at the Council for Chemical Research 2013 Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia, among leaders from industry, academia and the National Labs, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) unveiled the beta version of the Dow Lab Safety Academy, a digital learning environment that shares Dow’s best-in-class industrial safety culture and practices in a quick and accessible format. Explore the Dow Lab Safety Academy at The Dow Lab Safety Academy includes dozens of videos featuring lab safety guidelines for a variety of real-life scenarios, grouped under four comprehensive lab safety categories. The website also provides a collection of useful resources such as a chemical reactivity worksheet and an incident alert template, which help promote best practices for safety.

In an effort to continually improve the content and usability of the website, Dow will be seeking feedback from partner universities and other users.

"At Dow, our focus on safety is inherent in everything we do and every decision we make,” said Dr. William F. Banholzer, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Dow. “We routinely share safety best practices with our competitors since we all understand improving safety is in everyone’s best interest. The same is true for university research. Our hope is that by broadly sharing what Dow does internally we can help improve university safety as well as our customers, national labs or anyone conducting materials research.”

Dow's best practices focus on incident prevention and on spurring a high level of engagement in safety awareness. In 2012, thanks to a combination of smart work processes and procedures, and a focus on safe behaviors, 266 out of Dow’s 350 sites went completely injury-free.

“With its excellent safety record and well-known best safety practices, Dow is a reliable source for laboratory safety information,” said William Tolman, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at University of Minnesota. “The Dow Lab Safety Academy presents material that is highly relevant to academic researchers, with modules that focus on the types of safety issues we all encounter. It is an excellent resource for students and those working in the chemical industry.”

As part of its laboratory safety initiative launched in early 2012, Dow has partnered with premier research universities to improve safety awareness and practices in the departments of chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering and materials. Through pilot programs with U.C. Santa Barbara (UCSB), University of Minnesota and Pennsylvania State University, Dow is working closely with graduate students and faculty to identify areas of improvement and help nurture a sustainable culture of laboratory safety."


BrowZine New Journal Issues - Trial Access


BrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad, with Android support coming soon.

BrowZine works by organizing the articles found in Open Access and journal subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines. Selected journals we have on campus are part of BrowZine's collection. Publishers who have content in BrowZine include ACS, ACM, Elsevier, IEEE, Nature Publishing, Springer, SAGE, and Wiley.

Getting Started:

1. *FIRST* make sure your iPad is set up with the proxy system: Connect from Off-Campus With Your iPad or iPhone (Tip: Do not run the BrowZine app while you do this set up.) You must add the proxy URL to your iPad before being able to use BrowZine from on-campus or off-campus.

2. Download BrowZine app from iTunes:

3. Launch app and select Stanford University from menu in upper left corner. Enter SUNet ID when prompted and then begin browsing new journal issues. BrowZine can be used on or off-campus but does require an internet connection.

There is a nice Introductory Video you can watch too.

The Stanford University Libraries have trial access that will run until May 27. Please see feedback to if BrowZine is useful to you.

Having Success with NSF - New eBook


Having success with NSF : a practical guide

"This book is designed to help researchers achieve success in funding their National Science Foundation (NSF) research proposals. The book discuses aspects of the proposal submission and review process that are not typically communicated to the research community. Written by authors with successful track records in grant writing and years of experience as NSF Program Directors, this book provides an insider's view of successful grantsmanship. Written in a practical approach, this book offers tips that will not be found in official paperwork and provides answers to questions frequently asked of NSF Program Directors. The purpose of the book is to improve your NSF grant-writing skills and improve your chances of funding"-- Provided by publisher.

For more resources, please see this topic guide on Grants and Funding for Science & Engineering

Finding Journals Plus Off-Campus Access

Swain Library Journal List: The Swain Library Journal List contains a list of frequently used titles. To make managing this list more sustainable, the hypertext link for a title is now the library catalog record rather than a journal's home page. To browse the contents for a title, please click on the "Find Full-Text" link in the upper left corner of the catalog record. A menu of choices will appear. Note that you can just click on the Go button and don't need to enter a year or volume.

All Journals at Stanford: For a comprehensive list of print and online journals, please check SearchWorks, the Stanford Libraries Catalog. The Stanford University Libraries e-Journals page contains titles that are available online. Tip: after searching a journal name on the SUL e-Journals page, right above the list of titles matching your search results is a "Switch to Detailed View" link that lets you see what years are available online for a title.

Connecting from Off-Campus: To use licensed resources from off-campus, you should do two things. (1) Setup your browser so that you are prompted to enter a SUNet ID when trying to use Stanford licensed content. Please see: SUL Connecting from Off Campus (2) Access a title through the Swain Journal List, SearchWorks, Stanford University Libraries e-Journals page, or a Find it @ Stanford button in database search results as there are often prefixes and suffixes added to the URL for a journal that contain subscription information.

Using Google Scholar: To access Stanford subscriptions when searching Google Scholar, click on “Settings” link in the upper right corner of the page. Next, click on “Library Links” on the left side of the page. Then search “Stanford University” and choose both the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) and Lane Medical options and press the Save button. Including this setting will then add a “Find it at Stanford” link that you can use for viewing the full-text of articles the Stanford Libraries have licensed.

Citation Linker: Have a citation on a printed PDF and want to find the full-text version from Stanford's eJournals list? Enter citation information into the Citation Linker form. - Free 24-Hour Academic Passes


Enjoy full, complimentary access to on any device for 24 hours each time you use this free service.*

To get started, go to: NYTIMES.COM/PASSES

* Does note include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords, or The New York Times Crosswords apps. You must have a valid e-mail address from a participating school. Other restrictions may apply.

SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry Program


During an all-expense-paid week September 7-14, 2013, participants get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at SciFinder and see first-hand how CAS builds and maintains the most authoritative chemistry databases in the world. Participants will also join an estimated 11,000-14,000 chemists, chemical engineers, academicians, graduate and postdoctoral students, and other professionals at the 246th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Indianapolis, IN.

We encourage you to identify Ph.D. students and postdocs to apply for our fourth year of this prestigious program. To request promotional materials, including flyers, posters and postcards, please email

Applications must be submitted by Sunday, May 5, 2013 at

Copyright Reminder 2013

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is both my duty and my pleasure to inform you that Stanford's annual Copyright Reminder is now available on The Stanford Libraries website:

Because copyright is so deeply entwined with what we do here at Stanford, it is important that everyone in our community have a working understanding of the laws and regulations under which we all must operate. We strongly encourage you to read through this document each year, to refresh your memory, and perhaps notice something that you missed in past years. The 2013 edition has been dramatically redesigned, not only to align with the libraries' new website, but also to bring in new content, including case studies that highlight common copyright issues on campus.

Yours truly,


Michael A. Keller
University Librarian
Director of Academic Information Resources
Publisher of HighWire Press
Publisher of Stanford University Press
Stanford University
101 Green Library
Stanford, CA 94305-6004

New Report - Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Chemists

Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Chemists: Research Support Services: Chemistry Project

Published February 25, 2013
Matthew P. Long & Roger C. Schonfeld

"In this report, we present the results of Ithaka S+R’s study of the scholarly practices of academic chemists. This study, funded by Jisc, presents information meant to empower research support providers in their work with chemists. The report covers themes such as data management, research collaboration, library use, discovery, publication practices, and research funding.

The report describes the findings of our investigation into academic chemists’ research habits and research support needs. The digital availability of scholarly literature has transformed chemists’ research by creating an environment where they can easily search for journal articles and chemical information. However, they often feel overwhelmed by the amount of new research available, and they need better tools to remain aware of current research. Furthermore, despite their heavy use of technology for research, many academic chemists have been slow to adopt new models of sharing data and research results such as online repositories and open access publishing. Our interviews highlighted the importance of the research group as a unit of academic life, and revealed some of the challenges inherent in working in groups that span institutions and national boundaries.

The report describes key research support needs that face academic chemists, and proposes new service models that addresses these needs. We hope that these service models will provide useful intelligence for libraries, publishers, scholarly societies, and other organizations that work to support chemists."

Open Access Vouchers for RSC Journals


The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) recognizes that researchers are often being asked to publish Open Access (OA), but do not have the funding to pay for it directly.

To continue to support the funder-led evolution to Gold OA, and following successful feedback to a UK pilot program, RSC's Gold for Gold initiative now rewards all institutions in North America that subscribe to RSC Gold with vouchers to make papers available via OA, free of charge. Gold for Gold ensures academics can further increase the visibility of their quality research, while raising their institution's reputation.

As a subscribing institution to RSC's Gold Package, the Stanford University Libraries have a limited number vouchers to offer Stanford researchers for OA publishing on a first-come/first-serve basis. Each voucher code can be used to publish a communication, full paper, or review under the RSC’s Gold Open Access option.

For more details, please see:

Swain iPads - Check one out!


The above image shows some of the apps that are available on Swain's iPads.

The Swain Library iPad Pilot Program includes four iPad2s that are loaded with a number of apps relevant to the “Mobile Chemist and Chemical Engineer.” We’re hoping that users at all stages of their careers will find these iPads useful. The iPad2s have 32 GB of storage space and WiFi, and also come with a power cable for charging and a padded case. All four iPads circulate for one week.

Be sure to stop by soon and check one out!

JoVE - Chemistry | Applied Physics


Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format. We recently subscribed to two sections.

JoVE: Chemistry (established in February, 2013) focuses on the methodology within chemistry and chemical preparation across multidisciplinary fields. In addition, this section aims to incorporate the preparation, use and analysis of novel materials and structures.

JoVE: Applied Physics (established in July, 2012) focuses on the experimental disciplines within physics, as well as mechanical and electrical engineering. Interdisciplinary fields such as materials science and chemical physics are welcomed. Instrumentation is encouraged from all fields especially optics, photonics, and astronomy.

EndNote for iPad


EndNote for iPad was released on 28 January 2013. There is special introductory pricing until February 11.

ACS Style Guide - Full-Text Online


I am very pleased to announce that the full-text of the ACS Style Guide is now available online.

"The ACS Style Guide is an established and definitive source within and beyond the chemistry community, educating researchers on how to effectively communicate scientific information.

Online access to the ACS Style Guide via your organization is an exclusive benefit to institutions that subscribe to the ACS All Publications Package or the ACS Academic Core+ Package.

Coming soon – Complimentary personal access to the online edition will be available via the ACS ChemWorx research management platform."

Cambridge Structural Database 2013 Available


To download CSD, please go to: Cambridge Structural Database at Stanford.

Be sure to check out:

Changes in the CSD System in 2013

The 2013 release of the CSD System will include a total of 624,927 entries, 47,094 more than in the 2012 release. In addition to this we have made great improvements within Mercury including:

  • Mercury visualiser enhancements: Finer-grained resolution; ability to move position of any labels with the mouse directly in the visualiser; improved anti-aliasing; improved depth-scaling; faster rendering and snappier refresh rate for large structures.
  • Mercury image output enhancements: User control over image resolution; consistent scaling of labels, lines and other objects in the view upon image resizing; ability to edit unit cell axis labels; addition of output format with editable labels; transparent background in selected file formats and image output preferences stored between Mercury sessions.
  • Solid Form Module: Hydrogen-bond propensity prediction: target specification now possible from sketcher within Mercury; addition of consistent naming of all output files according to prediction target label; faster processing steps between defining target and making predictions; faster generation of H-bond landscape chart; the ability to output transformation matrices used when displaying query and match in Packing Similarity.

Other smaller, but still highly useful, features added in response to user feedback include:

  • IsoStar improvements: Maximum number of hits allowed in a scatterplot increased to 10000 for all entries; several new novel heterocyclic central groups included for this release.
  • Mercury: Specification of short contact and H-bond distance cut-offs to two decimal places.

Reaxys PhD Prize - Applications Close February 8, 2013

Reaxys PhD Prize

Rewarding Your Best Research

The Reaxys PhD Prize is awarded for original and innovative research in organic, organometallic, and inorganic chemistry, which demonstrates excellence in methodology and approach by a candidate currently studying for a PhD or having completed a PhD after January 1, 2012.

Three Prize Winners will each receive a check for $2,000.
The 2013 Winners and Finalists will all be invited to attend and present their research at the 2013 Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium and Poster Session, held in conjunction with the Reaxys Conference, September 22-24, 2013, Grindelwald, Switzerland.

Submission and Review
Submissions will be accepted from December 14, 2012 until February 8, 2013.
Submissions consist of a CV/resume, Supervisor's recommendation letter and a representative peer-review published paper.

The review and decision process is managed by six coordinators:

Prof A. G. M. Barrett, Imperial College London
Prof M. Jansen, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany
Prof E. Nakamura, University of Tokyo
Prof G. Parkin, Columbia University
Prof B. M. Trost, Stanford University
Prof H. N. C. Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Complete submission details and Prize information may be found at:

Applications Invited for CSA Trust Jacques-Émile Dubois Grant for 2013

Applications Invited for CSA Trust Jacques-Émile Dubois Grant for 2013

The Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust is an internationally recognized organization established to promote the critical importance of chemical information to advances in chemical research. In support of its charter, the Trust has created a unique Grant Program, renamed in honor of Professor Jacques-Émile Dubois who made significant contributions to the field of cheminformatics. The Trust is currently inviting the submission of grant applications for 2013.

Purpose of the Grants:
The Grant Program has been created to provide funding for the career development of young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their education, research or development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds. A Grant will be awarded annually up to a maximum of ten thousand U.S. dollars ($10,000). Grants are awarded for specific purposes, and within one year each grantee is required to submit a brief written report detailing how the grant funds were allocated. Grantees are also requested to recognize the support of the Trust in any paper or presentation that is given as a result of that support.

Who is Eligible?
Applicant(s), age 35 or younger, who have demonstrated excellence in their chemical information related research and who are developing careers that have the potential to have a positive impact on the utility of chemical information relevant to chemical structures, reactions and compounds, are invited to submit applications. While the primary focus of the Grant Program is the career development of young researchers, additional bursaries may be made available at the discretion of the Trust. All requests must follow the application procedures noted below and will be weighed against the same criteria.

Which Activities are Eligible?
Grants may be awarded to acquire the experience and education necessary to support research activities; e.g. for travel to collaborate with research groups, to attend a conference relevant to one’s area of research, to gain access to special computational facilities, or to acquire unique research techniques in support of one’s research.

Application Requirements:
Applications must include the following documentation:

1. A letter that details the work upon which the Grant application is to be evaluated as well as details on research recently completed by the applicant;
2. The amount of Grant funds being requested and the details regarding the purpose for which the Grant will be used (e.g. cost of equipment, travel expenses if the request is for financial support of meeting attendance, etc.). The relevance of the above-stated purpose to the Trust’s objectives and the clarity of this statement are essential in the evaluation of the application);
3. A brief biographical sketch, including a statement of academic qualifications;
4. Two reference letters in support of the application. Additional materials may be supplied at the discretion of the applicant only if relevant to the application and if such materials provide information not already included in items 1-4. Three copies of the complete application document must be supplied for distribution to the Grants Committee.

Deadline for Applications:
Applications must be received no later than March 14, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 2, 2013.

Address for Submission of Applications:
Three copies of the application documentation should be forwarded to: Bonnie Lawlor, CSA Trust Grant Committee Chair, 276 Upper Gulph Road, Radnor, PA 19087, USA. If you wish to enter your application by e-mail, please contact Bonnie Lawlor at prior to submission so that she can contact you if the e-mail does not arrive.

The above information plus a list of recent Awardees is attached.

CSA Trust Grant call 2013- with list of recent Grantees.doc69.5 KB

Creating Safety Cultures in Academic Institutions

Creating Safety Cultures in Academic Institutions: A Report of the Safety Culture Task Force of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety

The committee has released the final report on creating safety cultures. The report provides guidance, suggestions, examples, and recommendations that will help strengthen the safety culture in two- and four-year undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral programs. It identifies:

  • The best elements and best practices of a good safety culture
  • Specific recommendations that could be used by universities and colleges
  • Tools and resources that will help strengthen the safety culture

Source: ACS Committee on Chemical Safety

New ACS Report on Graduate Education

"The ACS Presidential Commission on Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences released its report, Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences, at a news conference at the National Press Club on December 10th. The report identifies major changes critical for ensuring that graduate education serves the needs and aspirations of students and society as a whole. The report includes five key recommendations addressing these issues: curriculum, financial support, laboratory safety, career opportunities, and mentoring postdoctoral students. For the report and webcast of the news conference, visit"

Source: ACS Matters Newsletter, January 15, 2013

JBC Affinity Sites


The Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), the most highly cited journal in the life sciences, has deployed 21 subject-based specialty sites on the HighWire Open Platform.

JBC Affinity Sites - "Categorized by subspecialties in biochemistry and molecular biology, these new sites emphasize recent and most-read research articles, literature reviews and other information in each area of investigation. The new 21 affinity sites cover the most dynamic areas of fundamental biochemical and molecular biology research. From bioenergetics to signal transduction, each affinity site presents latest research papers, author profiles, minireviews, Classics and Reflections in a subspecialty. By looking at an affinity site, a scientist can quickly grasp the history of the field and its cutting-edge research and challenges, as well as identify investigators who are active in the field. Each affinity site is managed by a team of associate editors who collaborate within their shared fields of expertise to create guidelines, promote scientific advances, and seek out emerging areas."

For more details, please see this press release


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