PubChem compounds in online journal articles

About the PubChem Chemical Compound Viewer

Authors of selected Elsevier journals have the possibility to enrich their online articles by providing a list of chemical compounds studied in the article. The list of compounds is used to extract relevant information from the NCBI PubChem Compound database and display it next to the online version of the article on ScienceDirect.

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                    Representation of how the PubChem Compound Viewer will appear on ScienceDirect

The application displays  the most relevant PubChem record for each compound (based on the PubChem CID code provided by the author along with a compound name), and generates a short summary, which includes the 2D chemical structure image, molecular weight, molecular formula, IUPAC name and a direct link to the full PubChem record.

Articles featuring the PubChem Chemical Compound Viewer:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168365913002101
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168365913001235

Benefits for authors and readers

The PubChem Chemical Compound Viewer functionality enables authors to extend their article by providing means to easily access relevant additional information, which is important for understanding the research presented in the article. This provides a way to highlight findings in an easily interpretable manner, helping readers to quickly understand the relevance of a research paper, i.e. by scanning the list of "Chemical compounds studied in this article".

Innovating & Enriching Content

For almost 350 years, academic articles have been published in a similar layout – a format which starts with an abstract and ends with a conclusion and a list of references. Articles were presented in this way with the reader of the printed version in mind. However, most researchers now access articles online, which means that the way information is gathered has changed.

We are adapting to these changes because we want to help authors improve how their research is presented online and readers gain deeper insights faster. Offering the PubChem Chemical Compound Viewer in our journals is just one of the ways we are doing this.

The PubChem Chemical Compound Viewer functionality enables authors to extend their article by providing means to easily access relevant additional information stored at PubChem. This helps readers to quickly understand the relevance of a research paper and to gain deeper insights.

Submission & publication

You can include up to 10 names of chemical compounds in the article. For each compound, please provide the PubChem CID of the most relevant record as per the following example: Glutamic acid (PubChem CID: 611). The PubChem CIDs can be found  via http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pccompound.

In your manuscript, please position the list of compounds immediately below the "Keywords" section.

It is strongly recommended to follow the exact text formatting as in the example below: 

Chemical compounds studied in this article
Ethylene glycol (PubChem CID: 174); Plitidepsin (PubChem CID: 44152164); Benzalkonium chloride (PubChem CID: 15865)

The PubChem Chemical Compound Viewer will be provided in the online version of the article. The PDF/printed version of the article will feature the "Chemical compounds studied in this article" section only.

If you wish to provide feedback on the PubChem Chemical Compound Viewer or have a suggestion for another innovation that would further enhance the online article please get in touch.