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Reaxys Quick User Guide
This is a 13 page PDF describing how to perform the main tasks in Reaxys and how to use the new features in Reaxys.

How to Find Organometallic and Coordination Compounds in Reaxys
This is a 43 page PDF with a focus on how to use structure and text queries to find organometallic information.

Creating Structure Queries for Substances and Reactions
This is a 49 page pdf with a focus on how to draw structure queries and use query options to find a list of substances or reactions.

What's New in Reaxys?

Reaxys Questions and Answers

FAQs

What is Reaxys?

Reaxys is an online workflow solution for research chemists. It supports research and fuels discovery by integrating searches for experimentally validated – not calculated - reaction and substance data with synthesis planning and chemical sources so less time is spent interrogating results and evaluating alternative synthetic routes.
Easy access to relevant and actionable results means chemists can move more quickly through their workflow steps to deliver superior outcomes. Reaxys enhances the exploration of chemical reaction and substance information, giving chemists more time for creativity and innovation.

What does Reaxys cover?

Historical data dating back to 1771 and coverage of the most important current journal and patents within chemistry ensure that Reaxys provides a unified source for reaction and substance data. Chemists no longer have to waste time accumulating data manually. The data excerpted from the journals and patents meets carefully controlled selection criteria – namely that all organic, inorganic and organometallic properties and data are excerpted only if they have a structure, experimental fact and a credible citation, allowing a deep dive into the chemical data.

Who can benefit from Reaxys?

Reaxys is an integral part of the research chemist's workflow, supporting today's multi-disciplinary approach to modern research. Irrespective of the area of chemistry – organic, medicinal, synthetic, agro/fine/catalyst, inorganic, process, to name a few – Reaxys provides relevant information and tools. It enables scientists to move from a basic idea to target compound, to evaluate/optimize alternative synthetic routes, to identify and combine selected reaction solutions for research chemists, and to support research and task-based learning through experimentally validated substance data search. Reaxys helps improve the research chemistry workflow significantly, giving the relevant, experimentally validated data needed to move research forward.

Does Reaxys require installations? Or is Reaxys a web-based product?

Reaxys is a platform independent, web-based product, so it doesn't require any installation efforts. If you wish to operate in a Java-free environment you should ensure that either GGA Ketcher or Elemental are your default editors. If you wish to run any other structure editor, Java version 1.5 or higher is a prerequisite.
Customers can access the product at www.reaxys.com. Platform independency means that it runs on Windows and Apple operating systems. We support Internet Explorer (6 or higher), Firefox (3 or higher) and Safari (4 or higher. Technical requirements are available in the Tech specs and Download section.

May I have a demonstration of Reaxys free of charge?

Yes – please contact sales.

Is a username or password needed to access Reaxys?

We offer CWA-licenses (Corporate/Campus Wide Access) flat-rate on a yearly subscription base including user authentication via IP-recognition. So no credentials needed here; no seat-based delays or budgetary concerns about task-based searches. Reaxys is also web-based, so chemists can access it anytime and anywhere.

Does Reaxys support user authentication through Shibboleth or ATHENS?

Reaxys currently supports Shibboleth but not ATHENS.

Is it possible to link to full-texts of journals and patent publications?

Yes. The full text link is Reaxys gives direct access to the publisher home pages including ScienceDirect (world's largest electronic collection of science, technology and medicine full-text and bibliographic information – owned by Elsevier) and EspaceNet (European Patent Office) and US Patent Office. Access to ScienceDirect and literature publisher requires a subscription licence. EspaceNet and USPTO are publicly available.

Is linking to Scopus possible?

Yes. Reaxys provides links to and from Scopus for all matching articles.

Does Reaxys provide commercial availability data and supplier information? If so, which and how?

Elsevier has matched the Reaxys compounds with three databases containing information about commercial availability: eMolecules, CambridgeSoft ACX, and Accelrys ACD (Available Chemicals Directory).
In case of a successful match, icons are displayed by the compound within the Reaxys interface and a click on such an icon leads to the corresponding service. Please note: access to ACD and ACX data is provided through Accelrys and CambridgeSoft and requires separate licensing. All the relevant commercial information, including quantity, pricing and vendor information is available within the research workflow.

How does Reaxys deal with firewall security?

Security is one of our biggest concerns and therefore Reaxys is accessible using HTTPS protocol. This requires port 443 to be open in a company's firewall. Since this is a standard setting, it should not be a problem, unless the company prohibits all internet access.

What is the default structure editor in Reaxys? Which other structure editors does Reaxys support?

Reaxys supports the following structure editors:

Dotmatics Elemental – default structure editor
GGA Ketcher
Marvin Sketch (ChemAxon)
ISIS/Draw (Accelrys)
Symyx Draw (Accelrys)
ChemDraw Pro or higher (CambridgeSoft)
ICEdit (InfoChem)
CrossFire Structure Editor (Elsevier)
Please note: if you wish to use structure editors other than Elemental, Marvin Sketch, or GGA Ketcher, a plug-in has to be installed. This can be downloaded from the <a href="http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/reaxys/training-and-support#tech-specs--downloads" style="display: inline">Tech specs and Downloads</a> section. Please refer to Reaxys' help' for more information on this topic.

Can I still use the CrossFire Structure Editor?

Reaxys was designed to accommodate a number of industry standard structure editors (both Macintosh and PC supported). We will continue to support the CrossFire Structure Editor for the following year, but we will not be further developing or maintaining it, therefore it is recommended that you switch to one of the many other available editors.
Please note that if you wish to continue to use the CrossFire Structure Editor until it is discontinued, you or your information specialist must not uninstall CrossFire Commander – this must remain installed for the CrossFire Structure Editor to work. If you have specific questions or preferences for structure editor features please don't hesitate to contact us at nlinfo@reaxys.com.

Can customers link Reaxys with an in-house repository?

Yes. Please contact us for more information.

Do CWA and web-based access also allow for individual saved searches?

Reaxys has this functionality. To allow the user to change the application settings, save queries and search history and set up alerts, s/he can set his/her own username/password by using REGISTER in Reaxys. Afterwards login queries can be loaded and saved locally on the workstation and results can be saved.

Tech specs & Downloads

Reaxys is a unique web-based chemistry database consisting of deeply excerpted compounds and related factual properties, reaction and synthesis information as well as bibliographic data, navigated and displayed via an actionable interface.

Versions
Application version: 2.15859.10
Reaxys Content last updated: 24 November 2013
    Reactions: 35 673 210
    Substances: 22 079 579
    Citations: 45 502 710
eMolecules Content last updated: 24 November 2013
    Substances: 6 057 614
PubChem Content last updated: 24 November 2013
    Substances: 47 643 650
Tested Environments

Please Note: Reaxys is a web-based application using JavaScript and Java applets to support various structure and reaction query editors. As such it may run on all platforms which support Java 1.5 or higher and JavaScript execution. However, we have tested and certified Reaxys on the platforms and browsers mentioned in the table below to ensure that all features run in those environments. Using Reaxys in other environments may result in some limitations of functionality.

Windows PC Macintosh PC
Operating system
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
Internet Browser Software
Please note: We cease the support of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x and Mozilla FireFox 3.x with the next Reaxys release in 2014. While we expect Reaxys to run with those browsers, certain features may not be supported.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (with Java 1.6.0_11 or higher)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9
Microsoft Internet Explorer 10

Mozilla Firefox 3 to 3.5
Mozilla Firefox 3.6 (with Java 1.6.0_11 or higher;)
Mozilla Firefox 4 or higher

Google Chrome 10 or higher

Note: JavaScript and cookies need to be enabled.
Please note: We cease the support of Mozilla FireFox 3.x with the next Reaxys release in 2014. While we expect Reaxys to run with those browsers, certain features may not be supported.

Safari 4.0 or higher (Safari 3 is no longer being tested)

Mozilla Firefox 3.x
Mozilla Firefox 4 or higher

Google Chrome 10 or higher

Note: JavaScript and cookies need to be enabled.
Java Runtime Environment (JRE)
Sun Microsystems Java Version 5.0 or later also known as Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 1.5.0 (with external editors (see below) Java 4 is also supported).

Note 1: Using Java version 1.7.45 may result in unwanted security dialogs. We recommend not to install this Java version, but rather wait for the next Java release. Please refer to the Oracle support pages for more details on this topic.

Note 2: Reaxys was tested with the latest Java versions 1.6 and our QA team found some severe issues with the update 10 of this Java version. Therefore we do not recommend using Java 1.6.0_10. Please update to a later version of Java, e.g. build 13 or higher, where the Java issues have been fixed by Sun.

Note 3: Java needs to be enabled in the browser.

Recommendation: you may use the following website provided by SUN to check whether Java is correctly installed or not.
Apple Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5.0 or higher

Note 1: Using Java version 1.7.45 may result in unwanted security dialogs. We recommend not to install this Java version, but rather wait for the next Java release. Please refer to the Oracle support pages for more details on this topic.

Note 2: This website provides an overview on available Java versions for different Mac OS X 10 environments. In case of any issues regarding Java on a Macintosh please either contact our customer care team.
We also recommend to checkout the following webpage.
Supported Structure Editors
- Elemental (Dotmatics; embedded JavaScript editor: no Java required)
- MarvinSketch (ChemAxon; embedded Java editor: Java required. Customers can select between 3 different versions
- 5.3.7, requires Java versions 1.5 or higher
- 5.8, requires Java versions 1.6 or higher
- 5.10, requires Java versions 1.6 or higher)
- ISIS/Draw (Accelrys; up to version 2.5)
- Accelrys/Symyx Draw (Accelrys; up to version 4.1)
- CrossFire Structure Editor (Elsevier; up to version 7)
- ChemDraw Pro 12 (CambridgeSoft; please note: the connector to Reaxys has been developed and is being maintained by CambridgeSoft. Please contact CambridgeSoft support in case of any issues.)
- ICEdit (InfoChem; please note: the connector to Reaxys has been developed and is being maintained by InfoChem. Please contact InfoChem support in case of any issues.)

Note 1: We will phase out MarvinSketch 5.3.7 with the next release of Reaxys in 2014 and replace it with an updated version. This updated version of MarvinSketch requires Java 1.6 or higher and will not run on Java 1.5 anymore.

Note 2: If other editors than MarvinSketch or Elemental shall be used, a plug-in has to be installed, which can be downloaded on this page.
After downloading the archive simply start one of the installers and follow the instructions.
- Elemental (Dotmatics; see also left colum)
- MarvinSketch (ChemAxon; see also left column)
- ChemDraw 12 on Mac OS 10.5 or higher (CambridgeSoft; please note ChemDraw Std and BioDraw Ultra are not supported)
Miscellaneous
The Reaxys output feature supports the export of Reaxys data into Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel formats. Please note that the created files requires Microsoft Word, Excel or Office Version 2003 or higher.

Choose your preferred structure editor and download our plug-ins to make using Reaxys even easier.

Default Structure Editors in Reaxys

Reaxys offers two default structure editors that do not need to be locally installed:  

  • ChemAxon's MarvinSketch (current version: 5.3.7, requires Java 1.5 or higher to be installed. Please note: we are planning to update MarvinSketch to version 5.8, which  requires Java version 1.6 or higher to be installed)
  • Dotmatics' Elemental (Java-free application).

In addition to these, Reaxys also supports the below-mentioned structure editors.

Software Downloads  

Reaxys Structure Editor Plugins (version 1.9) - download here

This archive contains the installer for the Reaxys Structure Editor Plugins which need to be installed if editors other than ChemAxon's Marvin Sketch are used. Reaxys currently supports the following editors:
  • Accelrys ISIS/Draw (version 2.5 or higher; connection software included in Reaxys Structure Editor plugin)
  • Accelrys (Symyx) Draw (version 3.0 - 4.1; connection software included in Reaxys Structure Editor plugin)
  • CrossFire Structure Editor (version 7.0 or higher; connection software included in Reaxys Structure Editor plugin)
  • CambridgeSoft ChemDraw (version 11 or higher; connection software NOT included in plugin. Please refer to CambridgeSoft's download site here to get the installer)
  • InfoChem ICEdit (version 1.8 or higher; connection software NOT included in plugin. Please refer to InfoChem's PDF for instructions explaining how to get ICEdit connected to Reaxys)
Please download the Reaxys plugin archive, extract the content and either run the executable setup or the MSIE installer (choose the installer which best suits your requirements). The archive also comes with a Readme text file which explains some more details on the plugins. If you want to use Reaxys with ChemDraw or ICEdit then please also download and install the corresponding connection software after you have installed the Reaxys structure editor plugins.

Please note: you need to have administration rights to install the plugins.

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  • The template will now open in your email and you may edit before sending out.

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