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 The records of these meetings may or may not be published, but these are the forms that they can take: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 were published 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 corresponding author for more information, or search SciFinder for later articles based on a meeting presentation.
For many years, various technical divisions of the American Chemical Society published short preprints of their symposium papers in advance of national meetings.
|Division||Title||ACS Web Access(1)||UT Archival Holdings(2)|
Energy & Fuel Preprints
|ENVR||Environmental Chemistry Division Preprints Extended Abstracts
Fuel Chemistry Preprints
Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering
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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