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Posts tagged with "The Scientific Literature"

  • 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
  • The Scientific Literature


    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
  • The Scientific Literature

    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
  • The Scientific Literature

    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
  • General Scientific News

    The Dull Edge of Nanotech

    There’s a type of paper that’s showing up often in the major chemistry journals these days, and it’s a type that didn’t even exist a few years ago. I can’t count the number of reports of nanometer-sized structures that have been described recently. Rods, filaments, sheets, cylinders, shells – you name it and some… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    The Agents Report Back

    Now that ASCO’s wrapped up (and the American Diabetes Association meeting as well) every attendee from the drug industry has gone back to report on the news: copies of poster presentations, handwritten notes from the talks, and (most importantly) information that was only given verbally. That would be in answers to questions after a talk… Read More
  • The Scientific Literature

    Meetings and Their Discontents

    I haven’t been to any scientific conferences so far this year, and I have to admit that I in some ways I haven’t felt the lack. There are a few meetings that I enjoy more than others (Gordon conferences and Keystone meetings come to mind), but there are others that I’d have to be paid… Read More
  • The Dark Side

    No Better Than the Rest of Them

    I noticed this post over at A Scientist’s Life on some recent instances of retracted papers and scientific fraud. Those two phenomena aren’t linked in every case, but they’re often seen in each other’s company. People do tend to think they’re a couple. The papers were from Science and Cell, two of the really top-shelf… Read More
  • Drug Assays

    Our Cheerful Buddy, The Cell Membrane

    I sent off a manuscript to a chemical journal not long ago. There’s an initial flurry of e-mail activity when you do that – we’ve received your manuscript, we’ve sent your manuscript out to reviewers – and then a more or less prolonged period of silence. The next thing you hear is whether the paper’s… Read More