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Chemistry Research Guide

This guide is intended to assist users of the chemical literature to locate the most important resources at Princeton, especially materials that are available electronically


Welcome to the research guide for Chemistry

This guide will assist you in conducting library research and in using the Princeton University Library resources and services effectively. Use the tabs above to start exploring the variety of tools and resources to assist you with your research. If you have any questions about doing basic or in-depth library research relating to chemistry, please contact me.

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ChemRxiv: The Preprint Server for Chemistry


ChemRxiv (pronounced 'chem-archive') is a free submission, distribution and archive service for unpublished preprints in chemistry and related areas.

It gives researchers across a broad range of chemistry fields the opportunity to share early results with colleagues and respond to comments and recommendations for improvement, ahead of formal peer review and publication.

Use ChemRxiv to:

  • Gather feedback and context from fellow scientists
  • Rapidly disseminate work to a wide audience
  • Establish the priority and precedence of a discovery
  • Boost the visibility of research findings
  • Find potential collaborators and hold interdisciplinary discussions
  • Document research results for grant reviewers in advance of publication
  • Facilitate rapid evaluation of results
  • Spot trends and encourage a broad range of constructive feedback

All of this can improve the reliability of the final research.

Our preprints come from the author's original files, and are not prepared for publication. ChemRxiv conducts a basic screen for plagiarism, offensive language, and non-scientific content, and will exclude materials that may pose a health or security risk if identified. Beyond this, the files are unedited, and are not peer-reviewed.


If your article covers any aspect of the chemical sciences, it can be included in ChemRxiv. You will be asked to select from one of the following categories during submission:

  • Agriculture and food chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biological and medicinal chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Chemical education
  • Chemical engineering and industrial chemistry
  • Earth, space, and environmental chemistry
  • Energy
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Materials science
  • Nanoscience
  • Organic chemistry
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Polymer science
  • Theoretical and computational chemistry

Complementary preprint services, such as arXiv and bioRxiv, are available for articles that do not cover a relevant area of the chemical sciences.

Chemistry, Geosciences and Environmental Studies Librarian

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