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  • The Scientific Literature

    Our Friend the Impact Factor

    I had an email asking if scientists in industry care about journal impact factors. It’s an interesting question, but it needs to be answered in parts. Unless you deal with academic publishing, the phrase probably doesn’t mean much. “Impact factors” are an attempt to quantify what everyone knows empirically: some journals are… Read More
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    Sitting Through Some Chemistry

    Physics prof Chad Orzel published a guide last week to surviving organic chemistry seminars. (I can understand that that’s a particularly high priority for people who don’t know any organic chemistry and have to sit through these things, actually.) He provides what is, for an organic chemist like me, an interesting man-from-Mars viewpoi… Read More
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    Up There, and Down Here

    Instead of blogging tonight, I went outside with the telescope and froze my extremities. My wife loaned me a fashionable wool scarf, which saved my ears while I observed the winter sights. Every time I see Saturn (or Jupiter, which wasn’t up yet), I wonder how much of those yellow and brown colors are the… Read More
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    Bonfire of the Wonder Drugs

    I’ll be occupied on and off in the next few months with writing several scientific papers (nothing wrong with bulking up the ol’ resume, especially in this climate.) There’s always the question of which journal to fire these cannonballs of wisdom towards. Two factors compete: where you’d ideally like to see the paper appear… Read More
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    Samuel Johnson Was Right

    Not much blogging time tonight – I spent all day sitting in front of my computer, anyway, working on a manuscript for one of the chemistry journals. I find that writing blog entries is (usually) no problem, and writing things like my Contract Pharma column come fairly easily, too. But not scientific papers, that’s for… Read More
  • Patents and IP

    Success Has A Thousand Fathers

    Over at Uncertain Principles, Chad Orzel’s commentators got into a discussion of how you list people in a large multi-author publication. My system is that the first author and the last author are the people who did most of the work and/or were in charge. It’s worth amoment to think about the gap that can… Read More
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    I took the opportunity, while moving to a new project, to clean up my office and files. This time I dug in pretty deeply, and heaved out about 30 pounds of stuff, some of it a good fifteen years old. Looking at the folders, I realized that they were for kinds of chemistry that I… Read More
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    Take it Off!

    When I was an undergraduate, learning all the chemical reactions that you have to learn in undergraduate courses, I got a few wrong ideas into my head. Well, probably more than a few, but you know what I mean. One of them came from Theodora Greene’s book on protecting group chemistry, which was a new… Read More
  • Business and Markets

    Around and About

    Tonight, a few varied links from around the blogging world, which only serve to remind me that I need to reconstitute my shattered blogroll: Via Chad Orzel I read this note from Preposterous Universe on publication of clinical trial data, and on the general problem of what to do with negative results. I know that… Read More
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    Le Dernier Cri

    Mentioning all the nanostructure papers in the journals brings up the topic of fashions in chemistry. We’ve got ’em, all right. Waves like this tend to wash over the literature every few years. (I can only speak for organic chemistry, but I assume that it’s the same in the other disciplines.) For example, only in… Read More