We’ve gathered some of the commonest questions that chemists have about Reaxys here for your convenience.
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Reaxys is a Java-free application. It works on Mac and Windows and is supported on the following browsers:
- Firefox (version 49 or higher)
- Chrome (version 53 or higher)
- Edge (HTML version 14 or higher, browser version 27 or higher)
- Safari (version 9)
- Internet Explorer (version 11)
- Microsoft ceased the support for all earlier versions of Internet Explorer in the beginning of 2016 (more information). Therefore Reaxys will also only be supported in combination with this version of Internet Explorer.
- For Reaxys users in China: We noticed a significant performance increase if Google Chrome is used. If you encounter any performance issues, then try switching to Google Chrome.
- For all users: We recommend not using addins and plugins or at least reducing their number to the absolutely necessary minimum. All such components influence the performance and memory usage of a browser.
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We offer Corporate/Campus-Wide Access licenses at a flat-rate on a yearly subscription basis. This includes user authentication via IP-recognition so no individual user credentials are needed. This also means there are no seat-based delays or budgetary concerns about task-based searches.
Since Reaxys is web-based, remote access from outside your institution is also possible.
Yes, it supports both.
Yes. The full-text links in Reaxys gives direct access to the publisher home pages, including ScienceDirect, EspaceNet (the European Patent Office), and USPTO (the US Patent Office). Access to ScienceDirect and external publisher content requires a subscription license. EspaceNet and USPTO are publicly available.
Yes. Reaxys provides links to and from Scopus for all matching articles.
The supplier list is as follows: eMolecules, CambridgeSoft ACX, Accelrys ACD, LabNetwork and Sigma Aldrich. You can learn more about later LabNetwork and Sigma Aldrich on our support hub.
Security is one of our biggest concerns. Therefore, Reaxys is accessible using HTTPS protocol. This requires port 443 to be open in your institute’s firewall. Since this is a standard setting, it should not be a problem, unless the company prohibits all internet access.
Reaxys has integrated the Java-free editor Marvin JS from ChemAxon (Version 16) into its interface. This tool can accept structures copied from external structure editors. However, for creating your structure within Reaxys, only Marvin JS is available. For detailed instructions on using the Marvin JS structure editor see:
- Our Structure Drawing Workflow
- Marvin JS User's guide
- Our FAQ on adding abbreviated group templates
- Our video tutorial on creating a Structure Drawing
Follow these steps to copy a structure from an external structure editor into Reaxys:
- Open Reaxys and click ‘Create Structure or Reaction Drawing’.
- This will present you with the Marvin JS drawing panel.
- Open the external structure editor (e.g. ChemDraw) and draw your desired structure or reaction query.
- Select the structure or reaction, go to the Edit menu at the top and select ‘Copy As’.
- From the sub-menu select either ‘SMILES’ or ‘MOL Text’.
- For more information on supported file formats, click here (opens an external site)
- Return to Marvin JS in Reaxys and use the keyboard combination ‘Ctrl+v’ (paste) to insert the copied structure.
- Click 'Transfer to query' to continue.
- The ‘Copy As’ feature differs from each structure editor. Please check with your vendor whether your structure editor supports copying structure via SMILES or Molfiles (Text). Check with PerkinElmer for more information about this topic.
- Marvin JS can import the commonly used molecule file formats. For more information on importing files, click here.
Reaxys was designed to accommodate a number of industry standard structure editors. We will support the CrossFire Structure Editor until it is discontinued, but we will not be further developing or maintaining it. Therefore, we recommend that you switch to one of the many other available editors.
If you wish to use the CrossFire Structure Editor until it is discontinued, you or your information specialist must leave CrossFire Commander installed. If you have specific questions or preferences for structure editor features please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Yes. Please contact us for more information.
Reaxys has this functionality. To allow the user to change the application settings, save queries and search history and set up alerts, a username and password must be set using the “Register” function. Login queries can then be loaded and saved locally on the workstation and results can be saved.