Multi-Year Deal Secures SciFinder® Access for Prague Consortium Researchers

Universities and Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR) institutes throughout Prague now have access to the latest scientific discoveries thanks to new partnership between CAS and the Prague Consortium

Apr 17, 2014, 13:38 ET from Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the world's authority for chemical information, announced today a five-year agreement for SciFinder®, the choice for chemistry research, with the Prague Consortium, a consortium of schools in Prague, and the Czech Academy of Science institutes. The long-term agreement guarantees that faculty, staff, students, and other researchers at member institutions in the Czech Republic's storied capital can access the most accurate, comprehensive and current research, available only in SciFinder.

SciFinder, the preferred source of chemical information for scientists worldwide, is now available to academic researchers in science departments in universities throughout Prague. Because access to SciFinder is unlimited, researchers in multiple areas of study, including biochemistry, biology and related biosciences, pharmacy and pharmacology, forensics, physics, medical and dental, biomedical engineering and material science, will be able to take advantage of the research tool.

A celebratory event was held last week in Prague to recognize the agreement between the organizations.  Members of the Prague Consortium spoke to the unique collaboration founded by this consortium, and the event also included awards for Ph.D. students, postdocs, and scientists from member organizations.

"Prague has long been a hub of important research in the sciences. This partnership will ensure the thousands of academic and government researchers in the city continue a tradition of scientific discovery," said Prof. Karel Melzoch, MSc. Ph.D., Institute of Chemical Technology Prague Rector. "We are pleased to provide academic and government researchers in Prague access to SciFinder so they can continue to compete with the world's most respected universities and institutions."

The five-year agreement provides SciFinder to the Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, representing the Prague SciFinder Consortium for themselves, and on behalf of the Charles University, Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, and J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry.

"CAS was pleased to join members of the Prague Consortium in celebrating its commitment to SciFinder for years to come," said Christine McCue, vice president of marketing at CAS. "This agreement will enable consortium members to advance their research initiatives by making faster, more informed decisions with access to the world's largest collection and most authoritative of chemistry and related scientific information."

About CAS
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a division of the American Chemical Society, is the world's authority for chemical information. CAS is the only organization in the world whose objective is to find, collect and organize all publicly disclosed substance information. A team of scientists worldwide curates and controls the quality of our databases, which are recognized as the most comprehensive and authoritative by chemical and pharmaceutical companies, universities, government organizations and patent offices around the world. By combining these databases with advanced search and analysis technologies (SciFinder® and STN®), CAS delivers the most current, complete, secure and interlinked digital information environment for scientific discovery.

About Prague Consortium
Prague Consortium is led by the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague. Its partners are Faculty of Science and Faculty of Pharmacy of the Charles University and four institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic: Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, and J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry. Consortium access is co-funded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic within the program "Information – research base."

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