Linkedin iconTwitter iconFacebook iconGoogle+ iconRSS icon 

Organic Syntheses


Distribution of Paperback Edition of Organic Syntheses to DOC Members Discontinued. Free Electronic Edition Available.

For 25 years, beginning in 1984 with Vol. 62, paperback copies of the annual volumes of Organic Syntheses were distributed to members of the Division of Organic Chemistry. This has worked well for both the Division of Organic Chemistry and Organic Syntheses over the years. However, technology has changed and in the modern era a source like Organic Syntheses is much more valuable if it is readily accessible on a computer and is searchable. Organic Syntheses, Inc. developed a free data base that includes all the material on the checked preparations in Organic Syntheses from Volume 1. It is linked to the Division of Organic Chemistry website at or can be accessed directly at The database is searchable by structural and reaction transfer inquires as well as keywords and bibliographic terms. For those interested in browsing the most current volume, selection of that volume will bring up the graphical abstracts which are clickable to provide the complete preparation write-up. Articles from the upcoming volume of Organic Syntheses that are not yet incorporated in the searchable database can be accessed by the "ORGSYN EXPRESS" button.

At this stage the paper edition is less useful than the electronic issue. The latter is free to everyone, so there is little added value in sending CD’s or flash drives in place of the paperback edition. In regard to the paperback edition, Organic Syntheses Inc. bore the cost of printing of these volumes and the division the cost of distribution. Both of these costs have increased over the years, but particularly the mailing costs have increased dramatically. The Board of Directors of Organic Syntheses, Inc. and the Executive Committee of the division have decided to discontinue the publication and distribution of the paperback editions of Organic Syntheses effective with the current Volume 87. The savings on printing of the paperback edition have allowed Organic Syntheses, Inc. to increase its support of the Division of Organic Chemistry graduate fellowship program to 2.5 fellowships in 2010

About Organic Syntheses

Since 1921, Organic Syntheses has provided the chemistry community with annual collections of detailed, reliable, and carefully checked procedures for the synthesis of organic compounds. Some procedures describe practical methods for the preparation of specific compounds of interest, while other procedures illustrate important synthetic methods with general utility. Each procedure is written in considerably more detail as compared to typical experimental procedures in other journals, and each reaction and all characterization data has been carefully "checked" for reproducibility in the laboratory of a member of the Board of Editors. In order for an article to be accepted for publication, each reaction must be successfully repeated at least twice in an editor’s laboratory, with yields and selectivity similar to that reported by the submitting authors. Over 2500 articles have been published to date, incorporating procedures for conducting well over 5000 different synthetic reactions.

The Organic Syntheses open access website ( allows users to access individual articles via graphical tables of contents and also to conduct keyword and substructure searches of the database of Organic Syntheses reactions via a free ChemDraw plugin.

For more information about Organic Syntheses visit or contact: Dr. Charles K. Zercher, Associate Editor of Organic Syntheses, Inc., Department of Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824; Tel: 603-862-2697; Fax: 603-862-2697.