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Find journals : Info for chemists and chemical engineers

This guide includes the following topics: finding journals at Stanford, and requesting a copy of an article that is not available at Stanford.  It also has information about journal abbreviations, DOIs (digital object identifiers), evaluating journals, full-text searching, and titles covered in selected databases.

Finding journals at Stanford

Use SearchWorks, Stanford’s Library Catalog, to find journal titles available at Stanford. SearchWorks also includes links to online versions of journals and holdings information that shows what volumes and years are available for a title. SearchWorks does not contain details about individual journal articles. Search databases to locate journal articles.

  • Chemistry and chemical engineering collection journals list
  • eJournals in the Stanford University Libraries (SUL)
    • Accessing resources from off-campus
    • Report eJournal access problem
    • Search tips
      • Title abbreviations: you can search for a title by its abbreviation (e.g. J Am Chem Soc) as a title keyword search. Embedded terms are also retrieved in the title keyword field (e.g. chem. will retrieve biochem as well as chem.).
      • Short, common titles: a great way to find journals that have short, common names (e.g. Science, Nature) is to search for them by publisher instead of their title. For example, search AAAS and Nature as the name of the publisher to locate Science and Nature, respectively.
      • Advanced Search page: allows you to specify if a term is a partial word, exact word, or exact phrase. You can also specify if term is at the beginning of a phrase or anywhere in a phrase. You are also able to search multiple fields at a time (e.g. title and publisher) and to limit search results by a subject category.
  • eJournals at the Lane Medical Library
    Includes unique titles not in the Stanford University Libraries eJournals list
  • Viewing eJournal articles
    While many users prefer to print PDF versions of articles, the web version may contain abstract/full-text links for cited references as well as links to high-resolution images, multimedia, and supplemental data. Different readers may be required to view articles. Unfortunately, errata are frequently not linked to articles (see Errata for online journal articles in the physical sciences: an empirical study (pdf)).
  • SUL interlibrary borrowing
    Document delivery services are available only to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford.
  • Suggest a purchase (Stanford only)

Journal abbreviations


Evaluating journals

Full-text searching

Most publishers now offer full-text searching for their journals. Deciding where to search, a publisher site or an index, is a key decision that impacts what is retrieved. Article level information on publisher sites is “invisible” to web search engines (e.g. Google). Below are some advantages and disadvantages of doing a full-text search for a journal on a publisher’s web site.

  • Advantages:
    • No lag time between time of publication and when article can be searched
    • Ability to search entire contents of an issue, not just research articles
    • Ability to search the entire text of an article by keyword (helpful for finding information about laboratory methods)
    • Helps provide quality control (e.g. all articles are refereed)
    • Efficient method to verify a citation
    • No search fees
  • Disadvantages:
    • Possible to miss relevant research without searching multiple sites
    • Key word searching can lead to overwhelming results
    • Inconsistent data (e.g. author names) may make it difficult to find all relevant articles
    • Potential gaps in coverage (early years may not be included)

Links to an extensive list of chemistry ejournals is being maintained by the Jonathan Goodman's Group at Cambridge University.

To learn more about full-text searching, see Not just full-text articles: comparing the search function among chemistry electronic journals’ web sites (American Chemical Society, Elsevier, Royal Society of Chemistry, Springer-Verlag, Wiley).

Titles indexed in a database

Knowing how many titles and what titles are covered in a database is a key factor in deciding which database to search. Knowing the lag time between when an article is published and when it is indexed is also important. In part, this is determined by how often a database is updated. Being aware of which databases index the contents of a journal cover-to-cover is also useful as some databases only index research papers.

Below are links to journal titles covered in selected databases. To search any of these databases, please go to the SUL databases page. Note that access to most databases is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford.

Further reading