There are tens of thousands of open access chemistry articles now available via the web and the work of thought-leaders such as Will Griffiths at ChemRefer is making these articles accessible with simple searches. Bringing together structure based searches of the ChemSpider database with the text-based searches of ChemRefer seemed like a natural marriage, so down the aisle we went.

When you come to the home page of ChemSpider you will now see the link to ChemRefer as we are now hosting an instance of the system. We presently offer access to over 50,000 Open Access Articles and will be working with Will to expand this list in the foreseeable future.

The ChemSpider database has now crossed 14.5 million structures and we will shortly be using text-linking to connect some of these structures to the ChemRefer indexed Open Access articles as a future part of a project for deeper integration with ChemRefer.

The team of people working together to develop ChemSpider is about to expand to six people – a team generally working only in their spare time to develop a system that hopes to contribute value to the Open Access Chemistry community. If you’d like to join the ChemSpider effort please contact us and let us know your interests and how you might want to contribute. At present we are looking for new property predictors to add to the system , the possibility to generate 3D coordinates for the molecules contained with the database and sources of new data to add to the database.

Stumble it!

7 Responses to “Open Access Chemistry Articles – ChemRefer and ChemSpider Nuptials”

  1. ChemSpider Blog » Blog Archive » Integration to the Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry Via Structure Connectivity says:

    [...] « Open Access Chemistry Articles – ChemRefer and ChemSpider Nuptials 28 05 [...]

  2. David Bradley says:

    Great news that the spiders and the referrers have hooked up. Visitors hoping to learn what makes Chemrefer’s Will Griffiths tick might like to check out my 2006 profile and interview with Will on Reactive Reports.


  3. Graham Steel says:

    Great news indeed !! Many congratulations.

    You might want to connect with Prof David Wishart in Canada. David coordinates Drugbank:-

    (Sorry if you were already aware of this resource)

    David’s email is

    Best wishes,


  4. Antony Williams says:

    Thank you for the comment. We contacted David about a month ago and have added the HMDB data (Human Metabolome Database) and need to add Drugbank in the near future. Much appreciated Graham.

  5. ChemSpider Blog » Blog Archive » An Appeal to Both Readers and Editors of Chemistry Open Access Journals says:

    [...] some of our ChemSpider Users have been deriving value out of our integration with ChemRefer? When we went live with the integration we had indexed over 50,000 articles. Since adding the new [...]

  6. Joerg Kurt Wegner says:

    That is promising ‘mining’ news, and hopefully this will help catching up with the bioinformatics community … which is ways more advanced in mining literature then the cheminformatics community.

    Sometimes I have the feeling that people want to hide by closing their eyes and saying … “you don’t see me!” Its very childish (sweet, but naive), like non-verbal communication or like (non-chemical) images of molecules ;-)
    The problem with that is, that they might feel ‘hidden’ for some time, but the world is changing and I like to see my friends and enemies … so, if we have a mining problem in chemical literature … lets face it!
    Just open your eyes and see …
    Google: bioinformatics “text mining” –> 424000 hits
    Google: cheminformatics “text mining” –> 28000 hits
    … and then tell me again that you are fine with the systems you know … maybe thats the problem … think out-of-the box.

    Cheers, Joerg

  7. ashok kumar says:

    This is my new site started on chemistry for open access and I want make my members and readers to access open resources of chemistry through my site where i have given links. I also want to redirect them to ypur spider and refer sites via my platform.

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