Synthesis Reviews

We are pleased to announce the availability of the latest up-date to Synthesis Reviews. The database now contains articles published before 2012.


1. Synthesis Reviews is a database that can be accessed free of charge and contains 30,550 English language review articles (from journals and books) of interest to synthetic organic chemists. It includes the previous version (which covered literature between 1970 and 2011) plus an update containing articles until the end of 2012. The database was compiled by:


Professor Philip J. Kocienski
(E-mail: and
Dr. Krzysztof Jarowicki

The authors do not accept responsibility for the accuracy, content, or selection of the data.


2. Synthesis Reviews is sponsored by Georg Thieme Verlag and is provided as a service to the synthetic community. Synthesis Reviews (covering the literature from 1970-1994) and the first supplement (covering the literature for the year 1995) was originally provided free on disks to all subscribers of SYNTHESIS published by Georg Thieme Verlag. Synthesis Reviews is not copy-protected and copies can be freely circulated. The version provided here combines the original database and supplements together with corrections. There will be annual updates. Release dates of the updates will be announced on the SYNTHESIS website.


3. We supply the Synthesis Reviews database in three formats:

The files are supplied as zip compressed files. After decompression, textfiles can be opened by any word processor and searched using the usual word processor search functions. However, we recommend the use of the database in conjunction with EndNote (see below).


4. EndNote is a bibliographic management program which provides a database for storing, sorting, managing, searching and editing bibliographic references. Used in conjunction with a word processor such as Microsoft Word, EndNote will generate bibliographies automatically. We have supplied the database as Endnote libraries which must be used in conjunction with the EndNote program (see below). However, the text files we provide are in Refer format (do NOT delete the % signs!) and ready for importation into EndNote.


5. Our EndNote libraries can also be viewed using the EndNote Demonstration Program which can be downloaded from


6. Synthesis Reviews contains bibliography of review articles from the following sources which also includes references not normally cited in Current Contents:


Accounts of Chemical Research
Acta Chemica Scandinavica
Advances in Asymmetric Synthesis
Advances in Biophysical Chemistry
Advances in Carbanion Chemistry
Advances in Carbene Chemistry.
Advances in Carbocation Chemistry
Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry & Biochemistry
Advances in Catalysis
Advances in Cycloaddition
Advances in Dendritic Macromolecules.
Advances in Detailed Reaction Mechanisms
Advances in Electron Transfer Chemistry
Advances in Free Radical Chemistry
Advances in Heterocyclic Chemistry
Advances in Heterocyclic Natural Product Synthesis
Advances in Medicinal Chemistry
Advances in Metal-Organic Chemistry
Advances in Molecular Modeling
Advances in Nitrogen Heterocycles
Advances in Organometallic Chemistry 
Advances in Oxygenated Processes
Advances in Photochemistry
Advances in Physical Organic Chemistry 
Advances in Silicon Chemistry
Advances in Strain in Organic Chemistry
Advances in Sulfur Chemistry
Advances in Supramolecular Chemistry
Advances in Synthesis & Catalysis
Advances in the Use of Synthons in Organic Chemistry
Advances in Theoretically Interesting Molecules
Aldrichimica Acta
Alkaloids: Chemical and Biological Perspectives
Anales de Quimica
Angewandte Chemistry, International Edition in English
Applied Catalysis A - General
Applied Organometallic Chemistry
Australian Journal of Chemistry
Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Bulletin de la Societé Chimique de Belgique
Bulletin de la Societé Chimique de France
Canadian Journal of Chemistry
Carbohydrate Research
Catalysis Reviews - Science and Engineering
Chemical Communications
Chemické Listy
Chemische Berichte
Chemistry in Britain
Chemistry and Industry (London) 
Chemical Reviews
Chemica Scripta
Chemical Society Reviews
Chemistry - A European Journal
Chemtracts: Organic Chemistry
Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications
Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry
Comprehensive Organic Chemistry
Comprehensive Organic Functional Group Transformations
Comprehensive Organic Synthesis
Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry II: A Review of the Literature 1982-1994
Comptes Rendus de L Academie Des Sciences Serie II Fascicule B - Mecanique Physique Chimie Astronomie
Contemporary Organic Synthesis
Coordination Chemistry Reviews
Croatica Chemica Acta
Current Medicinal Chemistry
Current Organic Chemistry
Doklady Akademii Nauk SSSR, Seriya Khimiya
European Journal of Organic Chemistry
Gazzetta Chimica Italiana
Houben-Weyl Methoden der Organischen Chemie
Indian Journal of Chemistry, Section B: Organic Chemistry Including Medicinal Chemistry 
Journal für Praktische Chemie
Journal of Chemical Education
Journal of Coordination Chemistry
Journal of Fluorine Chemistry
Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry 
Journal of Macromolecular Science, Part A: Pure and Applied Chemistry
Journal of Materials Chemistry
Journal of Materials Science 
Journal of Molecular Catalysis A - Chemical
Journal of Molecular Catalysis B - Enzymatic
Journal of Molecular Structure
Journal of Organometallic Chemistry
Journal of Physical Chemistry 
Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry 
Journal of Science and Industrial Research
Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions
Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1
Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 2 
Journal of the Indian Chemical Society
Liebigs Annalen für Chemie
Materials Science & Engineering R - Reports
Natural Product Reports
New Journal of Chemistry
Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Organic Photochemistry
Organic Preparations and Procedures International
Organic Reactions (N.Y.)
Organic Reaction Mechanisms 
Organometallic Chemistry Reviews
Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements 
Polish Journal of Chemistry
Progress in Heterocyclic Chemistry
Progress in Inorganic Chemistry
Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Progress in Organic Chemistry
Progress in Physical Organic Chemistry 
Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products
Pure and Applied Chemistry
Quarterly Reviews
Recueil des Travaux Chimiques des Pays-Bas
Research on Chemical Intermediates
Reviews on Heteroatom Chemistry
Rodd's Chemistry of Carbon Compounds
Russian Chemical Bulletin
Russian Chemical Reviews (Engl. Transl.) 
Science of Synthesis
Studies in Natural Products Chemistry
Sulfur Reports
Survey of Progress in Chemistry
Tetrahedron: Asymmetry
The Alkaloids. Chemistry and Pharmacology
The Chemistry of the Functional Groups
Topics in Current Chemistry
Topics in Stereochemistry
Total Synthesis of Natural Products