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    Great Moments in Journal Editing

    I don’t know if this DOI link resolves yet – or if the problem will be fixed by the time it does. But for now, in the “Articles in Press” queue over at Drug Discovery Today, they have one whose title reads like this: Utility of protein structures in overcoming ADMET-related issues of drug-like compounds[1. Read More
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    Keep On Scrollin’

    I’ve been browsing through my journal RSS feeds, and a question occurs to me. When you’re scanning through the current literature, what sort of paper makes you most likely to keep scrolling? What kind of work are you least likely to actually read? We’ll stipulate that you’re looking at a journal or subject that’s relev… Read More
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    Just A Few More Month’s Work, That’s All I’m Asking Here

    Here’s the cry of someone who’s been jerked around by too many journal referee reports. Hidde Ploegh of the Whitehead Institute has a piece in Nature News called “End the Wasteful Tyranny of Reviewer Experiments”. That could have just possibly have been phrased more diplomatically, but I know what he’s talking about. T… Read More
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    Graphical Crankiness

    And now a brief note from the “trivial but annoying” department, since it’s been a couple of years since I last complained about this. Is there any way that we can start a petition, or take up a collection, or do something to make K. C. Nicolaou stop drawing ring systems like this? Coloring the… Read More
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    So Much For Natural-Product Nevirapine

    Remember that weird Tetrahedron paper from last December? The one that claimed that it isolated the reverse transcriptase inhibitor nevirapine as a natural product from an Indian plant? In chiral form, no less? Well, the journal would now like to say “Never mind“. The lead author has retracted the paper, “due to doubt created in… Read More
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    Now, That’s An Abstract

    A reader who’s attending the International Congress on Heterocyclic Chemistry in Glasgow later this year sent me a note about it. Like many such meetings, they have guidelines for presentation and poster abstracts. But this one was done by someone who’s been around the block a few times. The sample abstract is from a team… Read More
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    What The Referees Really Think

    I wish that more journals did this! Environmental Microbiology, which I have never looked at before, has published its favorite reviewer comments from the year just passed. They’re not tied to the papers that generated them, naturally, but then, many of these manuscripts didn’t quite make the cut: “The biggest problem with this ma… Read More
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    Retractions: Why The Secrecy?

    Ben Goldacre has an excellent point here at Bad Science: when a paper gets retracted from a journal, shouldn’t everyone know why it’s been retracted? He highlights the experience of the blog Retraction Watch (which I hadn’t heard of until now), when they tried to find out why a paper had been pulled from the… Read More
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    The Life of a Paper

    Angewandte Chemie recently ran a behind-the-scenes article about their journal, with several interesting bits of information. For one thing, they’ve gotten a lot more selective over the years, as the number of submissions has gone up. They publish many more papers, total, than they used to, but reject a much higher fraction at the same… Read More