Chemical Compound Viewer

About Chemical Compound Viewer

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The Chemical Compound Viewer shows key compounds listed in an article, enabling readers to click through to additional information on Reaxys®.

The Chemical Compound Viewer provides authors and readers with many benefits. It:

  • Enables authors to include detailed and accurate information about the main chemical compounds described in the article
  • Helps readers identify the chemical compounds featured in the article
  • Helps readers access additional information with one click
  • Makes articles easier to find on the internet

Elsevier developed the Chemical Compound Viewer in cooperation with Reaxys®, the web-based workflow solution for research chemists.

Example Articles

Content Innovation

With features such as the Chemical Compound Viewer, Elsevier’s Content Innovation program gives authors the opportunity to present their work in powerful new ways. By supporting new digital formats that are commonly used in modern-day research, and adding valuable context to the article, these enrichments improve the way articles are presented online, giving readers better insights and helping authors make an impact.

Related Content Innovations:

We develop all our Content Innovation features by working with researchers. If you have any suggestions for us, or would be willing to take part in user testing, we’d like to hear from you. Just e-mail us at

Author Instructions


Create a .mol file for each of the main structures described in your article. InChIkeys. The Reaxys® Chemical Compound Viewer uses InChIkeys to create the links to Reaxys and for doing a web search.

  • A .mol file is a file holding information about atoms, bonds, connectivity and coordinates of a molecule.
  • InChIKeys

Most chemical editing software programs can save your structure with the .mol extension. For the Chemical Compound Viewer, structures must be well defined and cannot contain aromatic bonds, R-groups or other variables.


In your manuscript, you can indicate where you want the material to appear in the article, for example, by writing ‘File1.mol here’.

You can upload your .mol files via the online submission system, together with your article.

When your article is published, the InChIkeys will be published below the abstract on ScienceDirect. By default, the Chemical Compound Viewer will appear next to your article.

Reviewer Instructions

For more information, read the general reviewer instructions for Content Innovation.