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Posts tagged with "The Scientific Literature"

  • Chemical News

    The Current Kudzu of Chemistry?

    Chemistry, like any other human-run endeavor, goes through cycles and fads. At one point in the late 1970s, it seemed as if half the synthetic organic chemists in the world had made cis-jasmone. Later on, a good chunk of them switched to triquinane synthesis. More recently, ionic liquids were all over the literature for a… Read More
  • Drug Assays

    Why Not Share More Bioactivity Data?

    The ChEMBL database of compounds has been including bioactivity data for some time, and the next version of it is slated to have even more. There are a lot of numbers out in the open literature that can be collected, and a lot of numbers inside academic labs. But if you want to tap the… Read More
  • Chemical News

    Total Synthesis in Print

    Over at the Baran group’s “Open Flask” blog, there’s a post on the number of total synthesis papers that show up in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. I’m reproducing one of the figures below, the percentage of JACS papers with the phrase “total synthesis” in their title. You can see that the hei… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    One Case of Plagiarism Down. Two Zillion to Go.

    You may remember this case from Chemistry – A European Journal earlier this year, where a paper appeared whose text was largely copy-pasted from a previous JACS paper from another lab. This one has finally been pulled; Retraction Watch has the details. The most interesting part is that statement “The authors regret this approach”… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Is Glyphosate Poisoning Everyone?

    I’ve had a few people send along this article, on the possible toxicological effects of the herbicide glyphosate, wondering what I make of it as a medicinal chemist. It’s getting a lot of play in some venues, particularly the news-from-Mother-Nature outlets. After spending some time reading this paper over, and looking through the liter… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    Research Fraud, From A Master Fraud Artist

    A couple of years back, I wrote about the egregious research fraud case of Diederick Stapel. Here’s an extraordinary follow-up in the New York Times Magazine, which will give you the shivers. Here, try this part out: In one experiment conducted with undergraduates recruited from his class, Stapel asked subjects to rate their individual attrac… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Towards Better Papers, With Real Results in Them

    This has to be a good thing. From the latest issue of Nature comes news of an initiative to generate more reproducible papers: From next month, Nature and the Nature research journals will introduce editorial measures to address the problem by improving the consistency and quality of reporting in life-sciences articles. To ease the interpretation… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Scientific Posters, Heads on Platters, and Lawsuits

    Yep, these all tie together. Have a look at this post at Retraction Watch for the details. It’s about Colin Purrington, who has a web site on designing posters for conferences. I hadn’t seen it before, but it’s attained quite a bit of popularity (as it should; it seems to be full of sound advice). Read More
  • The Dark Side

    Fake Journals – But They’d Like Real Money

    I wish that this were an April Fool’s entry – and a number of scientists would like for that to have been the case, too. Nature reports that at least two journals (Archives des Sciences from Geneva and Wulfenia, a botany journal from Austria) have had their names hijacked by scam artists. Neither journal really… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    The Price of Publishing

    So, how much does it cost to publish a scientific paper, anyway? I’m not only talking about how much it costs you. That varies from journal to journal, and from type of journal to type of journal. One aspect of most open-access publishing models is that the author defrays editorial costs. (Which model is, of… Read More