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RSC Project Prospect scoops prestigious award

The Royal Society of Chemistry's Project Prospect had been named as the 2007 winner of the ALPSP/Charlesworth Award for Publishing Innovation.

Royal Society of Chemistry

RSC Project Prospect had been named as the 2007 winner of the ALPSP/Charlesworth Award for Publishing Innovation.

In making the award, which recognises a significantly innovative approach to any aspect of scholarly publication, the judges said: "The clear winner of this year's award was RSC Project Prospect from the Royal Society of Chemistry. This project sees the introduction of semantics into chemical science publishing. RSC Project Prospect journals incorporate standard metadata within the full text of their articles and combine this with an elegant and intuitive on screen manifestation of the advantages of including this metadata. As a result, sophisticated and effective searching of the literature is greatly improved and the value gained from reading each article is significantly enhanced. RSC Project Prospect is delightfully simple to use and its benefits to authors and readers are immediately obvious."

Fifteen applications were received, from which a shortlist of four was selected to give a presentation to the judges. The panel considered the originality and innovative qualities of each, together with their utility and benefit to their community and long term development prospects.

This is the first time that RSC Publishing has received the award for publishing innovation.

Receiving the award at the ALPSP Annual Dinner in London on September 13th, project manager Richard Kidd declared: "RSC Publishing is proud to win the 2007 award, which is great recognition for the work our publishing staff and academic partners have put into the development and evolution of RSC Project Prospect. It demonstrates that the addition and application of standard data and terminology can add real value and increase scientific accessibility within the published literature. As a learned society publisher, the RSC is actively exploring the use and application of structured science in published research, to enhance the reader experience."


Almost one thousand HTML articles have so far been enhanced by RSC Project Prospect: find out more at

About RSC Project Prospect
RSC Project Prospect, launched in February 2007, aims to make the science within journal articles machine-readable through semantic enrichment - the integration of metadata into text. So far, the project has resulted in enhanced html journal articles that provide:

  • Hyperlinked compound information, including downloadable structures, within article text

  • Gene, Sequence and Cell Ontology terms linked to definitions and related articles

  • Links to IUPAC Gold Book terms

RSS feeds for RSC journal articles have also been enhanced to include structured subject and compound information. Further developments are scheduled for the future as part of this ongoing project.

For technical queries contact: Richard Kidd
Manager, Editorial Production Systems
Phone: 44-1223-420066

About RSC Publishing
RSC Publishing is a not-for-profit publisher wholly owned by the Royal Society of Chemistry. We are one of the largest and most dynamic publishers of chemical science information in the world. The publishing activity dates back to 1841 and today we publish a wide range of journals, magazines, databases and books.

About the ALPSP/Charlesworth awards
ALPSP (The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers) together with The Charlesworth Group make awards annually to recognise significant achievement in the field of learned and professional publishing. The awards are international, and are open to all publishers, societies and journal owners worldwide, whether not-for-profit or commercial and regardless of size. and

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