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UT Chemistry Ranks 7th in US Chemistry "Productivity"

The Nature Index ranks UT Austin in the top 50 of three disciplines in terms of research productivity, as defined by publications in 68 "top" science journals (also selected by Nature). Chemistry ranks 16th in the world and 7th in the US in their metrics. [12/3/14]

Top 100 Cited Papers of All Time

How highly cited is highly cited? Turns out it's a lot. Nature and Thomson Reuters have compiled a list of the top 100 most-cited papers of all time. Far and away the winner is a 1951 paper describing a protein assay method that has been cited an amazing 305,000 times, a level that almost certainly will never be matched. And to break into the top 100 your paper will need at least 12,119 citations. It turns out the most highly cited papers tend to describe methods and techniques, and software tools, that are in wide use by scientists today: primarily in biology, biochemistry, and physical chemistry. Meanwhile some of the greatest landmark discoveries, like the DNA double helix and Einstein's theory of relativity, are nowhere near the top 100, not because they aren't highly cited, but because they turned out to be so foundational that they moved into textbooks as common knowledge quickly and no longer got cited specifically. Gathering citations is hardly the prime motive of scientists of course, but if that's your goal you may want to work on devising an indispensable method or tool that other scientists will use for a long time to come. [11/3/14]

UT Licenses Springer E-Books

The Libraries have initiated a three-year deal with Springer to acquire all their ebooks as they are published, starting with 2014 imprints. (Some series and reference works are excluded.) Springer is a high-volume publisher, releasing nearly 7000 titles per year across all subjects, with emphases in the physical, life, and applied sciences. Users can access the Springer collection via the Library Catalog or directly via SpringerLink. Springer's ebooks have no DRM restrictions and can be used on multiple platforms and devices. The Libraries will no longer be acquiring most Springer books in print. UT-Austin patrons can, if they wish, purchase their own print copies of covered Springer books via the MyCopy service, for a small charge. [9/20/14]

Disambiguate Yourself with ORCID

One of the biggest challenges in scholarship today is author disambiguation, which is a fancy term for distinguishing among authors who have the same or similar names. It is obviously in the interest of authors to reliably attach their identity to all their output: articles, dissertations, books, datasets, patents, etc. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. There are several competing initiatives today, including Web of Sciences' Researcher ID and Google Scholar's Citations. [9/15/14]

Find Your Peaks

We have created a new guide page to help chemists search for substances using spectral peaks. This isn't always very easy to do, but there are some tools available via the library that can help you search this way. For example, if you want to gather a list of compounds that have a specific UV maximum in a specific solvent, or if you have an unknown that the spectrometer software can't resolve, referring to some specialized databases and print tools is the next step. [9/15/14]

Chemical Science Going Open Access

The Royal Society of Chemistry will make their flagship journal open access as of 2015. All new content in Chemical Science will be free for anyone to access. To ease the transition, the publisher is waiving all author Article Processing Charges (APCs) for two years. [9/15/14]

Spectrometric identification of organic compounds. 8th ed.
QD 272 S6 S55 2015 Reserves

N-heterocyclic carbenes : effective tools for organometallic synthesis.
QD 305 H7 N448 2014 Stacks

The Lost elements : the periodic table's shadow side.
QD 467 F66 2015 Stacks

Labs on chip : principles, design, and technology.
QD 54 L33 L33 2015 Stacks

Safe science : promoting a culture of safety in academic chemical research.
QD 63.5 S238 2014 Stacks

Arrow pushing in inorganic chemistry : a logical approach to the chemistry of the main-group elements.
QD 151.3 G46 2014 Reserves

Comprehensive organic synthesis. 2nd ed. 9 vols.
QD 262 C535 2014 Reference
Purchased with funds from the Skinner Endowment.

Mom the chemistry professor : personal accounts and advice from chemistry professors who are mothers.
QD 20 M64 2014 Stacks

Polymer science and technology. 3rd ed.
QD 381 F73 2014 Stacks

Acid rain and the rise of the environmental chemist in nineteenth-century Britain.
QD 22 S615 R33 2014 Stacks

Handbook of spectroscopy. 2nd ed. 3 vols.
QD 95 H26 2014 Spectra
Purchased with funds from the Boggs Endowment.

Symmetry of crystals and molecules.
QD 905.2 L33 2014 Stacks

Outstanding marine molecules : chemistry, biology, analysis.
QD 415 O98 2014 Stacks

Handbook of solvents. 2nd ed. Vol.1, Properties.
TP 247.5 H35 2014 v.1 Stacks
Purchased with funds from the Skinner Endowment.

Reaction rate constant computations : theories and applications.
QD 502 R434 2014 Stacks

Key chiral auxiliary applications. 2nd ed.
QD 262 R66 2014 Stacks

Chemical reaction engineering : essentials, exercises and examples.
TP 155 S26 2014 Stacks

Chemical reactor modeling : multiphase reactive flows. 2nd ed. 2 vols.
TP 156 F6 J35 2014 Stacks

Encyclopedia of polymer science and technology. 4th ed. 15 vols.
TP 1110 E53 2014 Reference
Purchased with funds from the Skinner Endowment.

Hollywood chemistry : when science met entertainment.
QD 1 A447 v.1139 Stacks

Graphene : properties, preparation, characterisation and devices.
QD 181 C1 G728 2014 Stacks

Handbook of liquid crystals. 2nd ed. 8 vols.
QD 923 H37 2014 Stacks
Purchased with funds from the Skinner Endowment.

Wiley's English-Spanish Spanish-English chemistry dictionary. 2nd ed.
QD 5 K294 2014 Reference

Metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions and more. 3 vols.
QD 262 D53 2014 Stacks
Purchased with funds from the Boggs Endowment.

Handbook of polymer crystallization.
QD 382 C78 H36 2013 Stacks

Mass spectrometry for the novice.
QD 96 M3 G74 2014 Stacks

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  • Handbook Table -- in the Reference area.
  • Stacks -- in our Book Stacks (after initial period on New Book Shelf)
  • Reserves -- ask at the Circulation Desk
  • Spectra -- in our Spectra Collection (northeast corner)

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