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Locating Journals in the Chemistry Library

Electronic Journals

UT-Austin students, faculty and staff have direct electronic access to thousands of journals and periodicals through the UT Libraries web site. Most (but not all) electronic journals have links from the Library Catalog. When you find the title you're looking for, click on the Find it at UT button. Electronic-only journals not in the Catalog should be listed in the separate Find a Journal database, which you can search from the same page.

Shelving Arrangement of Print Journals

Journals in the Chemistry Library are shelved separately from the book collection, and are arranged alphabetically by title, so you don't have to look up their call numbers in the Catalog. Signs on the end of each shelf range indicate what titles are on that particular section. Unbound issues of our remaining print periodicals are shelved in the Journal Reading Room until they are sent for binding.

Odds and Ends...

Off-Site Journals
Many older, ceased, and foreign language journals are kept in the Library Storage Facility (LSF). You can get a copy of an article from a journal held in the Library Storage Facility via the Libraries' Get a Scan service. You must be a current faculty, staff, or student to use this free service. In addition, some journals are currently housed in the Collections Deposit Library (CDL) at MLK and Red River, and in the Joint Library Facility in Bryan TX. Retrieving items from CDL and JLF should not normally be necessary since this content is available electronically. You can request physical retrieval of by clicking the Pick It Up button in the Library Catalog. Turnaround time is 2 business days. It is not possible to expedite retrieval requests.

Journals at the Bindery
Completed journal volumes are continuously sent to the bindery. A list posted in the New Journal Room tells you which volumes are out at bindery at present, and when they are expected back. During this time, articles from those issues that aren't available online can be obtained via Interlibrary Service. Remember to check for an electronic version of a journal before submitting an interlibrary request.

Some journal backfiles and other materials are on microfilm (call number prefix = FILM) or microfiche (call number prefix = MCFICHE). These holdings are listed in the library catalog.
  • The microform cabinets are in the back of the library, next to the readers.
  • Please do not refile microfiche envelopes -- put them in the box on top of the cabinet.
  • The Chemistry Library has only readers, not copiers. Film reels and fiche envelopes may be checked out for 2 hours if you want to take them to another library for copying.

ACS Journals Supporting Information
Supporting Information (SI), formerly known as Supplementary Materials (SM), for articles in American Chemical Society journals is openly available and searchable within the ACS web journals from around 1970 forward. Links can be found on the article's abstract page. If you need to obtain pre-digital SI, consult with the librarian. SI files contained tabular data, illustrations and diagrams, spectroscopic and crystallographic data, detailed experimental procedures, software programming code, biological test data, mathematical derivations, and other content that couldn't be contained in the parent paper. The library has archival copies of some SI on microfiche.

Abbreviations: CASSI
CASSI (Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index) is the comprehensive and retrospective list of sources that have been indexed by Chemical Abstracts. It includes journals, books, conferences, and other series, arranged by CA abbreviation. This is the source you should use to translate or find abbreviations for full titles. The free web version has search and display limitations. The last printed CASSI edition (covering 1907-2004) is located at the Circulation Desk.

Translation Journals
Beginning in the 1950s, a number of Russian technical journals were translated "cover to cover" by Western publishers such as Consultants Bureau. Until 1995, Chemical Abstracts indexed only the Russian original and did not refer to the translation at all. This was a policy based on timeliness (the translations appeared months after the originals) and completeness. (The translations were not always complete, and contained unexplained gaps: letters, short communications and editorial matter were often omitted.) After 1995 CAS began to index selected translations instead. Bibliographic citations and CA references to the original Russian titles carry Russian edition page numbers, which are different from the English edition page numbers. The table of contents of each English issue provides side-by-side page numbers for comparison. Titles that contained the words "Soviet" or "USSR" were changed around 1992, causing splits in our shelving locations.

If you have a citation to a Russian journal, consult CASSI to see if an English translation was published, and then check the Library Catalog to see if UT holds the translation journal in print, on microfilm, or online. Some of the most commonly cited Russian journals and their English equivalents are listed here.

Russian Abbreviation Russian Title English Title
Dokl. Akad. nauk SSSR. Doklady Akademiia nauk SSSR. The Doklady were translated into English in multiple subject sections. Those relevant to chemistry include:
Doklady. Chemistry.
Doklady. Chemical Technology.
Doklady. Physical chemistry.
Doklady. Biochemistry.
Izv. Akad. Nauk SSSR. Ser. Khim. Akademiia nauk SSSR. Izvestiia. Seriia khimicheskaia. Bulletin of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Division of chemical sciences.
(Later title: Russian chemical bulletin.)
Kristallografiia. Kristallografiia. Soviet physics. Crystallography.
(Later title: Crystallography reports.)
Usp. Khim. Uspekhi khimii. Russian chemical reviews.
Zh. Fiz. Khim. Zhurnal fizicheskoi khimii. Russian journal of physical chemistry.
Zh. Neorg. Khim. Zhurnal neorganicheskoi khimii. Russian journal of inorganic chemistry.
Zh. Obshch. Khim. Zhurnal obshchei khimii. Journal of general chemistry of the USSR.
(Later title: Russian journal of general chemistry.)
Zh. Org. Khim. Zhurnal organicheskoi khimii. Journal of organic chemistry of the USSR.
(Later title: Russian journal of organic chemistry.)
Zh. Prikl. Khim. Zhurnal prikladnoi khimii. Journal of applied chemistry of the USSR.


Angewandte Chemie was translated into English as Angewandte Chemie, International Edition in English starting in 1962. This was a selective cover-to-cover translation that occasionally omitted some short communications. The library stopped receiving the German version after 1988. Consult the author index at the end of each English volume for a page number concordance.

Journal of the Chemical Society Genealogy
A chart is posted in the journal stacks showing the long and complex history of this famous set of journals. J. Chem. Soc. split into multiple sections after 1965. The Royal Society of Chemistry provides licensed online access to all these sections as part of its Journal Archives.

Journal of Polymer Science Genealogy
The various sections of this journal, which began in 1946, are illustrated in this chart. All sections are available to UT users online via the Find a Journal tool, and also in print up to 2010.

Comptes Rendus
This French journal, established in 1835, was originally titled Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des sciences and is sometimes abbreviated in bibliographies only as C.R.. It has one of the most complex title histories of any scholarly publication, so searching a library catalog for a particular part of it can be very frustrating. The UT Libraries own most sections from 1835 to 2000 in print. The original journal (1835-1965) is in the Life Science Library at Q 46 A14. After that CR splintered into many ever-changing sections. The math and physics sections are at PMA; the chemistry sections are at Chemistry; the natural science sections are at Life Science; etc. Some sections are in storage. All sections since 1995 are available on the Web through ScienceDirect; from 2001-forward our access is online only. For current section links just enter the title "comptes rendus" in our Find a Journal database. A genealogy chart is annotated and posted in the journal stacks.

Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Decoder Chart
"Use this chart when you have a reference to a known BBA volume but don't know which section it's in. The online version of BBA on ScienceDirect is divided up between the 25 different section Web pages, not in volume sequence."


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