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Elsevier Reaxys ChemSearch Challenge Customer Research

If you played less than four weeks, can you tell us why you didn’t play more?

I didn’t have the time to play
74%
I had technical issues
18%
I only joined in the last weeks
8%
I didn’t have fun anymore
5%

REAXYS USER SURVEY

Chemistry Education & Information Literacy: What is Essential?

Considering information literacy skills as part of chemistry education, what are the most important/essential responsibilities of educators, including chemistry faculty members and librarians?

Providing students with the level of information literacy and information tool literacy that they will need in their professional careers as researchers
64%
Understanding the information competencies for chemistry undergraduates, and ensuring that the library provides the required resources
59%
Teaching skills that relate to the retrieval of literature, relevant substance, reaction and property data
58%
Ensuring that courses include training in information retrieval to meet professional standards or mandates
48%
Teaching courses or classes dedicated to developing information searching skills and information tool literacy
41%
Spending time researching the different information resources that are available
38%

Reaxys Customer Research

Chemistry Information Challenges

Which of these challenges do you face when searching for chemistry information?

You have to deal with an ever-increasing amount of chemistry information
53%
You don’t have time to read everything
62%
You feel that it is difficult to find relevant (and trustworthy) information
32%
You find that you have to deal with too many sources of information
39%
You find it difficult to locate the information you really need (e.g.: experimental information, reaction, physic-chemical data …)
43%

Properties, analytical methods and chemical research topics (keywords, concepts)

Authors typically mention analytical data together with a chemical compound to prove that the chemical compound has been isolated. Besides that, many methods or concepts which are not directly linked to a chemical compound, are discussed in the document itself.

We would like to understand from you if chemical concepts/methods/properties are only relevant in combination with a compound and/or if they are relevant without a relationship to a compound or compound class.

Example: if you are interested to find some literature about the method NMR, do you want to retrieve all articles and patents where NMR has been used to characterize compounds (see answer 4) or do you only want to find articles, where NMR methods have been discussed and reviewed (see answers 1 to 3) as major topic of the article or review).

A chemical concept/method (e.g. spectroscopic method (like NMR) or a named reaction) should be found with a keyword search as a research topic if…

it is mentioned in the title or abstract
56%
it is mentioned in keywords by the Author
46%
it is mentioned anywhere in the text without being connected to a chemical compound or class
26%
it is mentioned anywhere in the text being connected to a chemical compound or class
53%
Other
0%

Reaxys in education

Which of the following statements do you agree with?

Reaxys enables me to teach (or learn) chemistry in a more effective way
62%
My students are more engaged and relate more to the lessons when I use Reaxys
12%
Reaxys makes it easier for me to prepare (receptively “learn”) my classes
38%
Reaxys is the best solution for direct access to relevant facts. Other solutions only provide access to references that you have to download and read to find the relevant facts
40%
It is essential that chemistry students have access to modern chemistry information retrieval tools, such as Reaxys, so that they are prepared for their future professional life
81%

Finding the right information or finding a publication?

Do you agree with this statement?

It is more important to teach (or learn) how to find the right piece of information (e.g.: finding property, substance, reaction, protocol, synthesis route, SAR table …) rather than teaching (or learning) how to find a publication.

Agree: 91%
Disagree: 9%

Roles & responsibilities of chemistry educators and students

What are the most important responsibilities of educators (chemistry faculty members or librarians), alternatively, as a student what do you find essential?

Understanding the information competencies for chemistry undergraduates, and ensuring that the library provides the required resources
76%
Spending time researching the different information resources that are available
38%
Ensuring that courses include training in information retrieval to meet professional standards or mandates
56%
Teaching courses or classes dedicated to developing information searching skills and information tool literacy
49%
Providing students with the level of information literacy and information tool literacy that they will need in their professional careers as researchers
62%
Teaching skills that relate to the retrieval of literature, relevant substance, reaction and property data
51%

Main use-cases for Chemistry Information Solutions

How do you currently use information solutions?

Search for primary literature
76%
Search for patents
29%
Search for authors
33%
Search for citations
38%
Search for experimental information
80%
Search for physiochemical properties
40%
Search for substances or structures
62%
Search for chemical reactions
58%

Chemistry information solutions

Do you agree with this statement?

When teaching students of a particular discipline (or learning), it is best to use an information solution that is dedicated to that discipline (e.g., a chemistry database or chemistry information solution) and not a general science or information tool (e.g.: Google, Google Scholar or Wikipedia).

Agree: 91%
Disagree: 9%

Information literacy

Do you agree with this statement?

Knowing where to find the right chemistry information is an essential part of being a good chemist.

Agree: 96%
Disagree: 4%

Chemistry challenges

How would you describe the challenges you face with chemistry information?

You have to deal with an ever-increasing amount of chemistry information
59%
You don’t have time to read everything
52%
You feel that it is difficult to find relevant (and trustworthy) information
39%
You find that you have to deal with too many sources of information
30%
You find it difficult to locate the information you really need (e.g.: experimental information, reaction, physic-chemical data)
46%



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