Yet Another Free Chemistry Database: Heterocycles Web Edition

July 06, 2007

Yet another free chemistry database comes in the form of a service run by the journal Heterocycles. The Heterocycles Web Edition offers two ways to search for heterocylic ring systems: by structure or by synthesis.

You may assume that these services would only search the contents of Heterocycles. It would then be a pleasant surprise to find a number of highly-regarded journals being covered. Here are some of titles:

  • Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl.
  • Chem. Eur. J.
  • Eur. J. Org. Chem.
  • Heterocycles
    1. Am. Chem. Soc.
    1. Med. Chem.
    1. Nat. Prod.
    1. Org. Chem.
  • Org. Lett.
  • Synlett
  • Tetrahedron
  • Tetrahedron Lett.

The current query interface supports text only, although a number of important criteria can be used. I haven't searched for many heterocyles, but my results for indolizidine give a flavor for what you might expect (the actual number of hits was 115):

It would be interesting to know how Heterocycles populated its database. Is it text-mining, manual curation, both, or something else? Regardless of how it's done, Heterocycles Web Edition is definitely worth looking at.