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SciFinder is a search system with coverage for 63 patent authorities and over 10,000 currently published journals. SciFinder is produced by CAS, an authority for chemical information, and provides easy access to the highest quality and most comprehensive collection of chemistry and related scientific information from the CAS databases.

SciFinder specializes in chemical and related scientific data with such features as:

  • "The world's largest collection of organic and inorganic substance information"[1]
  • More than 10,000 scientific journals worldwide and 63 patent authorities are featured in CAplus in addition to more than 18 million MEDLINE references.
  • Over 40.8 million single- and multi-step reactions from journals, patents, dissertations, and referenced works can be found in CASREACT.
  • Information is provided for greater than 275,000 inventoried or regulated chemicals through CHEMLIST.
  • Science IP solutions can be found in the archive of withdrawn chemicals along with 41 million commercially-available substances in CHEMCATS.

Major Recent Updates

September 2012

The following updates were added to the SciFinder platform, including:[2]

  • More Precise Reaction Answer Sets - A new default role (reactant) assigned to substances or fragments to the left of the reaction arrow improves the precision of reaction searches. (The former default role of reactant/reagent is still an option).
  • Group Reaction Answers by Transformation - Evaluate synthesis options and preferred pathways by grouping single-step reaction answers by transformation type.
  • Share SciPlanner™ Plans
    • New Export/Import options that let you share your SciPlanner plans with other SciFinder users.
    • Export a plan locally in the new SciPlanner exchange format (.pkx) and email or share the file with a colleague.
    • Collaborators or colleagues can open your plan using the new Import feature.

April 2012

The following updates were added to the SciFinder platform, including:[3]

  • Property Search - SciFinder now enables users to search substances by individual experimental or predicted property. Researchers can target substances with a particular property value or range of values in the CAS REGISTRY.
  • Convert CAS Registry Number to Structure - As an alternative to drawing a structure, a CAS Registry Number is entered by using the Add to Editor function. The editor displays the associated chemical structure, which can then be used or easily modified for a structure, reaction, or Markush search.
  • Preview Substance and Reference Answer Sets with Quick View - From multiple locations in SciFinder, users can preview additional details about a substance or reference through use of Quick View. Quick View is presented as a pop-up screen, enabling the user to remain in their current view.
    • Substance Quick View - Hover over an individual compound in a substance answer set and click the magnifying glass icon to see a substance Quick View, which contains additional information such as synonyms, molecular formula, and source of registration. Quick View is interactive. Click on the CAS Registry Number link to go directly to a Substance Detail page.
    • Reference Quick View - In a reference answer set, Quick View includes the full abstract, bibliiographic information, ACS journal Table of Contents graphics, abstract graphics, and structure images for up to the first 50 indexed substances. Within a reference Quick View click the reference title to go directly to the Reference Detail page.
    • Quick View is available in other locations such as the Citations and indexed Substances sections of Reference Detail.

February 2012

The following updates were added to the SciFinder platform, including:[4]

  • Pricing & Availability Information for Commercially Available Compounds - During a SciFinder session, researchers can link to pricing and availability information for substances. In addition, commercial chemical sources can be analyzed and sorted by "Pricing & Availability".
  • Additional Experimental Procedure Information
    • New sources from Taylor & Francis include Synthetic Communications, Journal of Coordination Chemistry, and Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and The Related Elements covering the period 1998-present.
    • Translated English language procedures are now included for Japanese and German language patents from source agencies such as KOKAI, WIPO, and EPO, covering the period 2008-present.
  • Support for Additional Web Browsers - Mozilla Firefox 9 and 10 are now included on the list of supported browsers.

December 2011

The following updates were added to the SciFinder platform, including:[4]

  • Bioactivity and Target Indicators
    • Quickly find the bioactivity (e.g., antibiotic, vasoconstrictors) and target (e.g., alpha-amylase, prostate-specific antigen) indicators of a specific substance or an entire substance answer set and associated references.
    • Indicator terms now appear in the Detail view for substances linked to associated references.
  • New Analyze Options for Bioactivity and Target Indicators - Narrow your answer sets to substances with bioactivity or target indicator information and to see which terms are most prevalent.
  • Relevance Ranking of Substance Answer Sets - The new substance relevancy ranking feature automatically sorts substance answer sets by relevance, allowing you to quickly review your answer set and access the most important substance answers first.
  • Additional 13 C and 1H NMR Spectra and Mass Spectra from Bio-Rad - Access and display more experimental substance property information than ever before..
  • Enhanced Reference Displays and Table of Contents Graphics from ACS Publications
    • Enhanced display of reference answer sets lets you quickly access full text and related information such as substances and citing references.
    • Preview more journal content with Table of Contents graphics from ACS Publications.
  • Streamlined Substance Displays
    • Related information such as references, reactions, commercial sources and regulatory information are now displayed next to the substance.
    • Link to Spectra and Experimental Property information in the Substance Detail display (when available).
  • Support for additional Web browsers and operating systems - Mozilla Firefox 7 and 8, Apple Safari 5.1 and Macintosh OS X Lion (Mac OS v10.7) are now supported browsers and operating systems.


  1. "SciFinder for Academics." CAS website, Accessed April 13, 2010.
  2. "What's New in the Web Version of SciFinder - September 2012." CAS website, Accessed September 25, 2012.
  3. "What's New in the Web Version of SciFinder." CAS website, Accessed April 30, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "What's New in the Web Version of SciFinder." CAS website, Accessed April 16, 2012.

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