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Chemistry: Overview

What's in this Guide -- Getting started in researching Chemistry topics

Articles & Databases                                       Special Topics

Journals                                                            Chemistry Education

Books & eBooks                                              Chemistry and Science News

Citing Sources                                                  Biological Chemistry

KEY CHEMISTRY RESOURCES: Background Information

A.R. Smith Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry endeavors to be a nationally-recognized model for educating and graduating students prepared to compete in and contribute to the ever-changing, technology-centered world of the 21st century.  To achieve this vision the department is committed to providing a course of study for undergraduates in the chemical sciences which combines curriculum, scholarship and service/engagement opportunities that are high-quality, innovative and intellectually challenging and employ state-of-the-art technologies.

The mission of the Appalachian State University A. R. Smith Department of Chemistry is to advance the chemical sciences through the education of undergraduate students by providing them with quality classroom, research and service opportunities. With a high standard for excellence in all three areas the department will produce students who are knowledgeable in chemistry and can think critically.


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Contact -- John Abbott

Library liaison to Chemistry and Fermentation Science.
Working off-campus during COVID
Available for consultations with students -- Email me.



Faculty -- Preparing Annual Reports

If you need to make arguments about journal quality, look at at Eigenfactor, Scimago, and Google Scholar -- Top PublicationsWe no longer subscribe to the Journal Citation Reports (Incites).

Of course, be skeptical of all ranking systems. 

You might also refer to Cabell's Directories of Publishing Opportunities (covers some disciplines: Nursing, Health Administration) and UlrichsWeb for information that might be useful.  For open access journals, check if they are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.  (You might also search WorldCat to see how many libraries say they have a journal.)

Contact me if you would like to discuss this or need help using the resources.  We have a library guide about Scholarly Communication, including topics such as measuring impact.  For looking at your own impact, we have Web of Science, and Google Scholar is good.  I've also been using Dimensions.