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  • The Scientific Literature

    Our Disorganized Piles of Chemical Information

    Here’s a good look (by an all-star cast of authors) at the availability of pharmaceutical chemistry data in accessible databases. There are several points made. For one, there is far more publicly available information than ever before, and its total looks to outstrip the proprietary databases (such as CAS/SciFinder). The commercial databases… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    More on the “Unclick” Fraud Case at Texas

    Back to the Bielawski lab’s “unclick” trouble. Back in June, Science had published an “Expression of Concern” about the group’s original paper. Two more journal articles have had similar notes added to them since then. And now C&E News reports that UT-Austin has concluded an investigation into the problem an… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Reading Nature For Free

    This will be interesting to watch: Nature (and 48 other journals of the Nature Publishing Group) are experimenting with making their current paper and archives open to view, but not to save or print. ReadCube, a software platform similar to Apple’s iTunes, will be used to host and display read-only versions of the articles’ PDFs. Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    More From The Bottom of the Publishing Barrel

    Now, if you want to get a paper published in a prestigious journal like The International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology, you’d better make sure that you’re up to it. You’d better make sure that you have good stuff to report, and that the paper is worth a spot in a venue like that. Most… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Our Most Snorted-At Papers This Month. . .

    You know, this is something that I hadn’t thought of. Those papers with the egregious mistakes in them, the ones that we all enjoy making fun of? The traffic that comes in to them skews the journal metrics. I wonder how many journals have some of their “Most viewed/shared articles” lists dominated by the ones… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Make Sure That’s What You Want to Say

    You want to be careful when you add comments to manuscripts, you know. Sometimes your patent application will publish with all the legal back-and-forthing still in it. (There was an even more egregious example of this in an electronics patent application about ten years ago, but I’m having trouble putting my hands on it – Read More
  • The Dark Side

    Scam, Scam, Scam, Scam, Scammity Scam, Wonderful Scam

    You know, it’s really hard to explain just how ridiculous the bottom end of the scientific publishing world is. I’ve mentioned formerly reputable journals that now want you to wire money to a bank account in the Turks and Caicos Islands and long lists of people who will “review” and “publish” outright gibberish a… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    This Took Fourteen Months

    Readers will remember the “nanorod paper” controversy from last year – two papers were published from the Pease group at Utah on the fabrication of a type of nanostructure, but the images therein were pretty clearly fabricated themselves, especially the paper in Nano Letters. That one looked like it had been done by a fourth-grade… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Publish On Sight

    This paper is probably fine. But its subject matter is editor-bait if I’ve ever seen it: ionic liquids on the surface of carbon nanotubes. If they can get a fluorescent glowing BODIPY-laced sample in the graphical abstract as well, the world is theirs. Read More
  • Biological News

    Down With the Western Blot?

    A reader sends along a thought that touches on a lot of the publication scandals that have happened in molecular biology over the years. A very common feature of these is manipulation of Western blots (see that graphic the other day on the Sarkar case, assembled by a reader of Retraction Watch who goes under… Read More