Quick search

The Quick search interface is located in the Search box on the home page of Synthetic Reaction Updates. This search is designed to allow you to perform a limited set of searches and get results quickly.

Quick search

Free text search

You can search Synthetic Reaction Updates using any text identifier. A search will return any article that matches the search term in any of the following fields:

  1. Title
  2. Abstract
  3. Author name
  4. Journal name
  5. DOI
  6. Reaction type

For example, the search term ‘hydrogenation’ will return any articles where hydrogenation is mentioned in the title or abstract, or where the reaction has been classified as a hydrogenation reaction.

Browse by date

You can also browse recently added records clicking the Browse by date button, which will display a drop down list of time periods.

For example, selecting the option Last week will display all records added in the previous seven days.

Browse by date

Please note that it is not possible to combine free text quick search and browse by date using the Quick search box on the homepage. If you wish to combine search terms, please use the advanced search page.

Advanced search

The advanced search allows a tailored search of many Synthetic Reaction Updates fields, including author name, bibliographic data and reaction type classification, and can be accessed by clicking the Advanced search button in the Search box on the homepage.

Advanced Search

Free text

User can toggle between a free text search of the article title only or article title and abstract using the radio buttons.

Reaction type

Synthetic Reaction Updates uses predefined reaction types to classify reactions.

To add a reaction type to your search, select it from the drop-down list. To see suggested reaction types, begin typing in the box and matches will appear in the list below. Only reaction types present in the list can be added.

Reaction type

To add an additional reaction type, click in the text box and repeat the process. When searching with multiple reaction types, an AND search will be performed, e.g. a search for ‘Reaction type: alkylation; Reaction type: arylation’ will return all records classified as alkylation AND arylation.

To remove a selected reaction type from the search, click the × next to the reaction type in the search box.

Multiple reaction type selected

Reactions can be limited to catalytic reactions or stereoselective reactions by ticking the appropriate categories below the Reaction type box.

Journal

To add a journal name, select it from the drop-down list. To see suggested journal names, begin typing in the box and matches will appear in the list below. Please note that Synthetic Reaction Updates uses the CAS Source Index (CASSI) abbreviations for journal names.

Journal

To add an additional journal name, click in the journal name box and repeat the process. When searching with multiple journal names, an OR search will be performed, e.g. a search for ‘Journal: Chem. Sci.; Journal: J. Am. Chem. Soc.’ will return all records related to articles in Chem. Sci. or J. Am. Chem. Soc.

To remove a selected journal name from the search, click the × next to the word in the search box.

Journal name remove

Author

Author names can be added using family name and/or given name.

To added additional author names, click the Add author link. When searching with multiple author names, an AND search will be performed, e.g. a search for ‘Author: Smith; Author: Jones’ will return all records related to articles that have both Smith and Jones as authors.

To remove author names, delete the text from the box.

Date added

Records can be searched by the date that they were added to Synthetic Reaction Updates. Please note that this date is different to the article publication date. Dates can be defined as ‘From’, ‘To’ or both.

Datepicker

For example, a search for ‘From: 2015-01-06’ will return all records added since 6 January 2015; a search for ‘From: 2015-01-06; To: 2015-01-23’ will return all records added between 6 and 23 January 2015, inclusive.

Important: When performing a search using multiple parameters, the individual queries are combined in an additive manner, which means that you will only obtain results where there are records that match all criteria.

For example, a search for ‘Reaction type: reduction; Author: Smith’ will return results for records with Reaction type: reduction AND Author: Smith.

Once you have entered your search parameters, click Search to run the required search. The form can be cleared at any time by clicking the Clear button at the bottom of the search page.

Viewing search results

Whenever you perform a search a new page will be displayed. This results page will show the number of results that were obtained and the search parameters that you specified, followed by the records returned by the search. The first 12 records will be displayed automatically; further records can be displayed by clicking the Show more bar at the bottom of the list.

Each record gives bibliographic details, reaction type and reaction scheme. The DOI link will take you to the original publication on the publisher’s site. The abstract can be displayed by expanding the record using the Show abstract link. The reaction scheme can be downloaded in .tif and .cdx formats. Bibliographic details can be downloaded by selecting the required records, choosing the reference manager format required, and clicking Go to export.

The results list can be filtered by author name, date range, journal title or reaction type by clicking on the appropriate filter in the boxes in the right hand column. Expanding the boxes will give more filter options. Filters that have been applied can be seen in the boxes at the right of the results page and in the search criteria box. To remove a filter, click the × next to the filter name in either location.

Modifying searches

To quickly remove search criteria, click the × next to the word in the search criteria box. The list of results will automatically update. Alternatively, click the Change search criteria button to return to the Search screen where you can change the search parameters.

To start a new search, click the Create a new search button.

Saving searches

Searches can be saved by clicking the Save this search button in the search criteria box at the top of the Search results page. You will require an RSC ID account to save searches and must be logged in to use the save function. Saved searches can be accessed and modified on the My SRU page, which can be accessed by clicking the My SRU link located at the top right of each page.

Creating email alerts

A key feature of Synthetic Reaction Updates is the ability to set up customised email alerts to match your research interests, notifying you when new reactions are added.

Important: You will require an RSC ID account to set up email alerts and must be logged in to create alerts. Alert settings can be accessed and modified through the My SRU page, which can be accessed by clicking the My SRU link at the top of any page.

Basic alert

To create an alert for all newly added reactions, use the drop-down list in the ‘Create an email alert’ box on the home page to select the desired frequency and then click Create. You will be asked to name and save your alert.

Create email alert

Customising email alerts

To customise email alerts, click the Create a new alert button in the ‘Create an email alert’ box on the home page. Alerts can be tailored to several Synthetic Reaction Updates fields, including author name, journal and reaction type classification.

Create alert

Free text

User can toggle between a free text search of the article title or article title and abstract using the radio buttons.

Reaction type

Synthetic Reaction Updates uses predefined reaction types to classify reactions.

To add a reaction type to your alert, select it from the drop-down list. To see suggested reaction types, begin typing in the box and matches will appear in the list below. Only reaction types present in the list can be added.

Reaction type

To add an additional reaction type, click in the text box and repeat the process. When adding multiple reaction types, an AND search will be performed, e.g. an alert for ‘Reaction type: alkylation; Reaction type: arylation’ will return all records classified as alkylation AND arylation.

To remove a selected reaction type from the alert criteria, click the × next to the reaction type in the box.

Multiple reaction type selected

Reactions can be limited to catalytic reactions or stereoselective reactions by ticking the appropriate categories below the ‘Reaction type’ box.

Journal

To add a journal name, select it from the drop-down list. To see suggested journal names, begin typing in the box and matches will appear in the list below. Please note that Synthetic Reaction Updates uses the CAS Source Index (CASSI) abbreviations for journal names.

Journal

To add an additional journal name, click in the journal name box and repeat the process. When adding multiple journal names to an alert, an OR search will be performed, e.g. an alert for ‘Journal: Chem. Sci.; Journal: J. Am. Chem. Soc.’ will return all records related to articles in Chem. Sci. or J. Am. Chem. Soc.

To remove a selected journal name from the alert, click the × next to the word in the box.

Journal name remove

Author

Author names can be added using family name and/or given name.

To added additional author names, click the Add author link. When using multiple author names, an AND search will be performed, e.g. a search for ‘Author: Smith; Author: Jones’ will return all records related to articles that have both Smith and Jones as authors.

To remove author names, delete the text from the box.

Important: When setting up an alert using multiple parameters, the individual queries are combined in an additive manner, which means that you will only obtain results where there are records that match all criteria:

For example, an alert for ‘Reaction type: reduction; Author: Smith’ will return results for records with Reaction type: reduction AND Author: Smith.

Once you have entered your alert parameters, click Preview alert results to preview your results. The form can be cleared at any time by clicking the Clear button at the bottom of the ‘Create alert’ page.

Alert results preview page

Whenever you set up a new alert, a preview page will be displayed before you save your alert. This preview page will show the current number of results that match your alert criteria and the alert criteria that you specified, followed by the current records matching your criteria. The first 12 records will be displayed automatically; further records can be displayed by clicking the Show more bar at the bottom of the list.

A list of authors, reaction types, journals and dates present in your results is given on the right hand side.

Important: This preview page is designed to give an indication of the variety of results that your alert criteria will return; it does not preview the exact content of subsequent email alerts. The content included in your email alerts will be determined by the content uploaded to Synthetic Reaction Updates in the time period specified.

To save your alert without any modification, select the desired frequency from the drop-down menu and click Create.

Alert preview criteria

You will need to be logged into your RSC ID account to save alerts. The email address used for the email alert will be that associated with your RSC ID account. You can view and modify alert settings through the My SRU page, which can be accessed by clicking the My SRU link located at the top of each page.

To modify your alert criteria before saving, click the Change alert criteria button to return to the ‘Create alert’ page to change your parameters.

To create a new alert without saving the current alert, click Create a new alert.

Setting up email alerts from search results

Alerts can also be saved from search results. Using the ‘Create an email alert’ box on the top right of the search results screen, select the desired frequency from the drop-down list then click Create to set up your alert.

Create email alert
Viewing and modifying saved searches and alerts – My SRU

All saved searches and email alerts can be accessed through the My SRU link at the top of each page. You will need to be logged into your RSC ID account to access the My SRU page.

From the My SRU page, you can view and run recent and saved searches, manage saved searches and alerts and modify email alert frequencies.

Synthetic Reaction Updates and the RSC ID

You will require an RSC ID account to save searches, set up email alerts and manage saved searches and alerts for Synthetic Reaction Updates. The RSC ID is new integrated account with the Royal Society of Chemistry that is currently being rolled out across our sites. The email address associated with your RSC ID will be the email address that email alerts are sent to.

Further questions

Any further questions or comments can be directed to the Synthetic Reaction Updates team. We welcome your feedback.

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