ACS ChemWorx – Reference Manager (And A Whole Lot More)



ACS ChemWorx Desktop – view of reference library

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has released an application called ACS ChemWorx (free, upon registration) that manages references and pdfs, imports existing collections of references and files from existing libraries (like EndNote or Zotero), allows you to share collections with collaborators and research groups, and has a nifty integrated search interface to a variety of widely-used science research databases (like Web of Science) and publishers’ collections (like ScienceDirect).   In their words, “ACS ChemWorx is a free, total research management and storage system that combines reference discovery and management, professional networking, group and task management and manuscript preparation in a single interface, accessible from anywhere.”

It looks like there are some interesting analytics views that you can generate for your reference library – authors, journals, keywords, a citation/link explorer, and a publication timeline. There’s a desktop client app (for Windows, Mac, or Linux) that syncs to a web account; the web account connects to a private, cloud-based manuscript/document storage area where you can work collaboratively with others on documents; there’s also a connection to something called the ACS Publishing Center, where researchers can submit and track manuscripts, view the ACS Style Guide, do quick citation look-ups, and perform other useful manuscript-related tasks.   There are mobile versions for iPhone/iPad and Android.


ACS ChemWorx Desktop – integrated search options

Pretty nifty!  Now with Elsevier having bought Mendeley, it’s pretty much of a big-time reference manager smackdown in the land of the publishing giants.   ACS ChemWorx will appeal mostly to researchers in chemistry and related fields, but it looks pretty impressive to me after an hour of poking around with it (one irritant is that there’s no place to add your library’s link resolver, – so if access directly from the publisher’s website doesn’t work (i.e, if your library has a different form of access like through JSTOR or BioOne or as a print journal), you’ve got to back out of the application, go to your library website, and hunt down the article yourself.  This would be an easy one to add, too, so I don’t know how they missed it.)



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