Wednesday, February 11, 2009

CrossFire and Reaxys

The current CrossFire Beilstein and Gmelin agreement which your institution has signed is due to terminate on 31 October 2009. You may also have heard something about a new product from Elsevier called Reaxys.

We would like to tell you about Elsevier's plans for CrossFire and its successor product, Reaxys.
1. In January Elsevier released Reaxys, a new purely web-based application for organic and inorganic chemists and related scientists. Reaxys is based on the combined content of the Beilstein, Gmelin and Patent Chemistry databases. It will provide all of the functionality of CrossFire and more. For further information please see

2. CrossFire will be supported by Elsevier until the end of 2010. Elsevier, JISC Collections and Mimas are in discussions about an extension of the current CrossFire Agreement, and of the Mimas CrossFire service, until end-December 2010. We hope to have further information for your institution about this extension in the near future.

3. Elsevier are currently discussing academic pricing and an agreement for Reaxys with JISC Collections. The Mimas and the JIBS User Group will be evaluating Reaxys and we will pass on feedback to you. Reaxys will be available for trial by your institution - please look out for further details which will be circulated in the near future.

Posted on behalf of Sean Dunne, MIMAS

RAE, REF, Evidence Ltd

As you may have seen in the Times Higher

22 Jan 2009 - THE: Jonathan Adams, director of Evidence, responds to comments over the recent Company changes

"Jonathan Adams, director of Evidence Ltd., notes that the recent acquisition of the company by Thomson Reuters creates no issues of conflict of interest with regards to the HEFCE REF Pilot. Evidence, he says, is 'developing different methods of constructing bibliometric indicators for the REF, which will be put to REF expert advisory groups' and not comparing citation databases."

Zoe Corbyn, 'Conflict of interest warning over Evidence sale' THE (22 January 2009, p. 8)

You are the REF

Evidence Ltd and ResearchResearch have created a simulation of post-2008 metrics

You are the REF (Research Excellence Framework)

"Everyone's talking about metrics, but how would they work in reality? You are the REF lets you get a feel for the implications. The new REF will be used to allocate research funds for universities and colleges from 2010 and HEFCE has said that the quality metrics it has in mind are research income, citations and PhDs. But how would these be measured, and which would be most important? There's no definitive answer yet. But You are the REF let's you play with the options ...

OvidSP Boolean

The NOT operator is provided in OvidSP, under MultiField Search dropdown menu, and can be included in Search Statements, but the users in our enhancement group, last November, were evenly divided on whether a "NOT" button should be provided alongside the present: AND, OR

I would be interested to hear/read more views on making the NOT options more conspicuous for OvidSP end-users.

SilverPlatter retirement


There are a few databases which are not migrating to OvidSP, including EINECS Plus, Chem-Bank, OSH-ROM, and RPS e-PIC

Date for retirement of the SilverPlatter platform has not been set, but I expect something mid-year to be announced soon.