Cheminformatics newsflash

Springer Nature has deposited over 600 000 chemical compounds on PubChem. This contribution offers more than 26 million links back into the primary literature, eBooks or Major Reference Works located on SpringerLink, BMC or nature.com. Of these, 1.6 million links point to open or free access documents. About 40 percent of the compounds are novel to PubChem.
Springer Nature sees the rise of open research, including open data, as being one of the major forces reshaping the way that researchers collaborate to advance the pace of and quality of discovery. This initiative will enhance the discoverability and accessibility of scientific information in an easy and intuitive way, and enable access to a wider range of users.

How to use this in chemistry education?

  • PubChem is a good place for information retrieval.
  • PubChem API offers diverse possibilities for cheminformatics projects.
  • Teachers can use these e.g. as a literature for exercises, projects and exams.
  • PubChem offers graphics and visualizations for learning material development.