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 Summary Sheet


Producer:PRA Coatings Technology Centre, UK
Coverage:1976 - to date
File Size:545,166 records (03/2019)
File Type:Bibliographic
Content:Paints and surface coatings
STN Easy:Yes

World Surface Coatings Abstracts is dedicated to paint and surface coating technology and related fields. It covers the relevant worldwide scientific, technical, and trade literature, as well as patents. Citations contain bibliographic data, indepth indexing, and an abstract. The database corresponds to the printed World Surface Coatings Abstracts. Sources include relevant worldwide scientific, technical, and trade literature, patents (until 2013), conference proceedings, reports, legislation and standards, books, and dissertations.


PRA World Ltd.
Pera Business Park
Nottingham Road
Melton Mowbray
Leicester, LE13 0PB
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1664 501212
Copyright Holder

Usage Terms

The following database producer's special conditions for use of his database(s) apply to your use of the WSCA file on STN.

I. General Part

1. Scope: Section 2 to 4 of these conditions apply to all databases offered via STN Karlsruhe as far as no differing regulations are specified under

II. Special Part

2. Customers: A customer is an individual or an institution (i.e. a legal body such as a university, public authority, company) for whom online access has been ordered.

3. Search Results: All rights are reserved.

Search results delivered online or offline are only for internal (own) use of the customer. No written permission of the database producer is required if search results delivered to the customer in computer-readable form are used only for internal purposes of the customer, i.e. printed, processed, modified, or linked with other data (e.g. for creating a database). The customer must observe the copyright of the database producer.

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 Results from searches carried out by the customer on request, or on behalf of individuals or institutions (see under 2.) outside his own institution (third parties) may only be given to them for explicit internal use. The transmitted search results must include the database producer's copyright. For safety purposes, the customer may keep a copy of the results obtained from a search carried out for third parties. The customer must obtain database producer's specific written permission for any further uses of search results obtained for third parties, particularly for the transmission of search results in electronic form or their distribution in hardcopy, e.g. sale, loan, license, or free charge. The customer must do his/her best efforts in preventing a theft or inadvertent illicit dissemination of the records.

4. Warranty and Liability

The database producers shall use their best efforts to deliver correct information in their databases, however, they do not accept warrenty and liability for completeness, accuracy and timeliness unless set out differently in II. Special Part.


II. Special Part

The database producer Paint Research Association shall correct faulty data sets, in particular in the event of faulty data not allowing the customer the acquisition of the original document. Apart from this, Paint Research Association does not give any warranty relating to the data contained in the database, and shall not accept liability for damage unless damage is caused intentionally or by gross negligence.