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How does the journal name search work in the Access Structures service?


The new version of Access Structures allows you to search for journals in the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) and below are some guidelines to help you find the structures associated with a given journal name.

For journal searches you will need to type either the journal name, the recognised abbreviated title or the recognised translated name into the journal field and then pick the correct journal from the list of journals that match the text you have typed. Searches for partial journal name or wild cards are not currently supported.

Occasionally journals change their name (e.g. in 2003 ‘Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions’ changed to ‘Dalton Transactions’). In this case, the entries are stored with the journal name used during the year that the entry was published. For your search to be successful the correct journal name for the correct year needs to be used. For example ‘Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions’ should be used to find entries published before 2003.

You can also find structures not published in an associated scientific article in Access Structures and instead published directly through the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) or the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD). To do this just add the journal ‘CSD Communication’ or ‘ICSD Communication” to your search.

Alongside structures associated with a scientific article or published as a CSD Communication or an ICSD Communication, the Database also contains structures associated with books, patents and university repositories. To search for a patent you will need to search for ‘U.S.Patents’ in the journal field. To search for a book or university repository then search for the name of the book or the repository for example ‘University of Southampton, Crystal Structure Report Archive’ or ‘Design and Construction of Coordination Polymers’.

We are currently looking at ways of optimising the journal search to provide users with the best results possible. If you have any suggestions of how you would like the search to evolve then please contact us at structures@ccdc.cam.ac.uk