Conferences and symposia are where scientists gather to share the results of their latest research, often before journal articles are published. The records of these meetings may or may not be published, but these are the forms that they can take:
Use the tabs below to learn about these formats specific to chemistry and major chemical organizations, along with tools for locating them.
The American Chemical Society publishes abstracts of papers to be presented at technical sessions of the ACS Spring and Fall National Meetings.
Abstracts from the current meeting are available on the ACS National Meetings web site. Go to the Technical Programming Archive for abstracts from past meetings back to 2010. (They used to go back to 2004, but that's ACS for you.) An ACS ID is now required to see this content, but you can get one for free.
Abstracts since 1995 (210th meeting) are included in SciFinder. In Chemical Abstracts the title was historically abbreviated as:
"Abstr. Pap. Am. Chem. Soc."; and more recently appears as: "Abstracts of Papers, [N]th ACS National Meeting, [place], [date]".
The abstracts were published on CD-ROM. In 2007 the title changed to Abstracts of scientific papers.
Abstracts of papers - American Chemical Society are available as printed volumes. This is the ONLY source for these abstracts from 1937 to 1995. No abstracts were published before 1937. The library has the entire print collection in storage.
Unless a paper was also published as a preprint from one of the Divisions, or as a postprint within a separate proceedings volume, there are no full papers -- the abstract is all there is. You should contact the authors for more information, or search SciFinder for later articles based on a meeting presentation.
Various technical divisions of the American Chemical Society published short preprints of their symposium papers in advance of national meetings.
|Division||Title||Web Access***||UT Archival Holdings****|
Energy & Fuel Preprints
|ENVR||Environmental Chemistry Division Preprints Extended Abstracts
Fuel Chemistry Preprints
Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering
* The FUEL and PETR divisions merged into the Energy and Fuels Division (ENFL) in 2012. The former divisions published their respective FUEL and PETR preprints for the Spring 2012 (243rd) meeting. ENFL preprints began with the Fall 2012 meeting and ceased after the Fall 2016 meeting.
** Earlier titles of PMSE were: Organic coatings and applied polymer science proceedings (1982-83); Organic coatings and plastics chemistry (1978-81); Coatings and plastics preprints (1974-77); Papers presented - American Chemical Society, Division of Organic Coatings and Plastics Chemistry (1960-73).
*** ACS no longer maintains the Proceedings interface, and the search function no longer works. Browse by meeting for the papers. This site is restricted to former subscribing institutions; it's not open access.
**** Our archival holdings are located in remote storage facilities. The CD-ROM publications are often difficult to use because of obsolete software and nonfunctional search features. It's best to ask a librarian to assist with retrieval.
Full papers from selected topical symposia held at ACS meetings are later published as proceedings volumes.
All volumes in these series are individually cataloged. Search for them in the Library Catalog by series title + volume number as keywords (e.g. KW= acs symposium 1081), or by individual book title.
Archival E-book access is available to UT-Austin persons for both series from 1950 to 4 years ago.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers holds Spring and Annual meetings.
The ECS Transactions can be searched or browsed for conference papers from ECS national meetings.
The ECS published print conference proceedings until 2005. These books are individually cataloged in the Library Catalog by conference name and title, under the series heading Proceedings (Electrochemical Society) plus a year/volume number. UT's holdings are mostly complete after 1988. If you have a reference to a paper such as
Proc. Electrochem. Soc. 97-12
search for this volume in the Catalog using keywords:
proceedings electrochemical 97-12 [hyphen required]
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