Monday, September 11, 2006

CAS Press Release -- SciFinder® 2007 Will Deliver Researchers' Most Requested Feature, "Combine Answers"

San Francisco, CA, September 10, 2006 - With the release of SciFinder 2007 in fourth quarter 2006, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) will make it easier for scientists to fine-tune their answer sets for chemistry-related literature, substances and reactions. Other features of SciFinder 2007 will enable users to process records more conveniently, including those for commercially available chemicals. CAS demonstrated the SciFinder enhancements during the American Chemical Society national meeting occurring September 10 through 14 in San Francisco.

"Our soon to be released SciFinder 2007 will give users the capability they have asked for most often, permitting them to combine answer sets to arrive at the optimal results," said Dr. Catharina Maulbecker, CAS Vice President, Marketing and Sales. "This latest edition of SciFinder increases its value as part of the process in drug discovery and many other research fields."

SciFinder 2007 will introduce a slate of new options and features to enhance the exploration of CAS' extensive information resources:

* Combining answer sets for substances, reactions, and references - users will be able to combine a saved answer set with an "active" set of answers in SciFinder, to arrive at a focused set of answers; for example, references for a given research topic can be combined with the results of a saved author search; options to "Combine, "Intersect," or "Remove" answer sets allow the user to include only the desired references from the saved and active sets;
* Export of commercial chemical records from CHEMCATS® into Excel - users can move catalog information for commercially available chemicals into spreadsheets for sorting and manipulation;
* Explore from substance display - for added convenience, users will be able to easily capture a chemical structure from a substance answer display, then use it to search by structure in the massive CAS RegistrySM database;
* Printing structures in thumbnail display format - multiple chemical structures can be printed in a grid arrangement for an efficient comparative view; and
* More value from journal titles - SciFinder users will derive added value from journal literature searches, using new options to view full journal titles and use the full or abbreviated titles in the bibliographic software packages Reference Manager, EndNote and ProCite.

SciFinder was created with the vision of providing scientists easy, point-and-click access to chemical information. The new intelligent research tool for the desktop was an immediate hit with scientists, assisting them and other researchers worldwide with access to the multidisciplinary CAS databases. Today, scientists at pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical companies around the world use SciFinder as "part of the process" in their daily work to explore research topics, browse scientific journals and stay up-to-date on the latest scientific developments.

CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, provides the world's largest and most current collection of chemical and related scientific information, including the most authoritative database of chemical substances, the CAS RegistrySM. CAS combines these databases with advanced search and analysis technologies to deliver the most complete, crosslinked and effective digital information environment for scientific research and discovery, including such products as SciFinder®, SciFinder Scholar™, STN®, STN Express® and STN AnaVist™, among others. The CAS web site is at

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Eric Shively
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