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How long does it take to publish in ACIE?

Posted by naturalproductman on July 16, 2014

Ever wonder how long it takes to publish in ACIE?


Here’s an interesting article in Chimia that explains the process. Conclusion:  it takes about 13 days on average for a referee to review a submitted manuscript.


Chimia paper

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Problems with SENSATIONALIZING Science

Posted by naturalproductman on June 29, 2014

This is related to the previous post about the elevated impact factors that some journals have. I guess the effect of trying to publish in the big monster journals with impact factors over 30 is that you get people who want to publish there so their careers can sky rocket. As a result, these people may falsify data to convince people who are not familiar with proper control experiments to admit that the science was great.

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Random Discussion: Subjectivity of Journal Submissions

Posted by naturalproductman on June 28, 2014

Here’s an unusual thought here that I never really considered until recently but it is worth taking note:  why is Science, Nature, and Cell still such a high impact factor? Let me briefly explain the Science editorial process when they receive a paper. Step 1: Researcher submits a paper, editor office gets it. Step 2: Editor does a prescreen before even sending it to reviewers (real scientists) and determines if it is good enough to be in Science or not.

I read this rejection letter from one of the editors and it was stated in the last paragraph that:

“Papers are selected on the basis of discipline, novelty, and general significance, in addition to the usual criteria for publication in specialized journals. Therefore, our decision is not necessarily a reflection of the quality of your research but rather of our stringent space limitations.”

The paper didn’t make it through Step 2. I have a problem with Step 2. Reading the editor’s name this letter is affiliated to, one can do a pubmed search and find out if this person has a good enough background that is suitable to judge whether the paper is truly good enough for Science journal or not.

I can say that after looking at the background of the editor, they probably were not even qualified to understand that the paper was good enough. One can argue however that if it’s truly good science anybody could say that it is interesting. But from looking at today’s Science research articles that get published, I’m not really that impressed with the content. I mean yes, it is Science journal with an impact factor of over 30, but still, when the editor has a mere 11 publication (of them, none are in Science except for the editorial articles they have written), would you think that this person is qualified to judge if a paper is good enough for Science or not?

On the other hand, if you look at other journals, such as ACIE or JACS or Biochemistry or JBC. These journals actually have professors, who run their own labs and are still publishing as the editors. These are scientists who are doing research currently and are up to date with the exciting world of science.

Maybe this is just a bitter rant from someone who feels rejected, but still, I think I may have a point here. I do not mean to completely offend the qualifications of the editorial board of Science magazine but there is a big difference between these journals with impact factor over 30 and other top tier journals, which have editors, who run labs and are involved in actual experimentation and practicing actual science. I hope someone can enlighten me if I am incorrect.







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Academia vs. Industry

Posted by naturalproductman on May 17, 2014

Ever consider the pros and cons between academics and industry? Here’s a nice article from someone who had experience in both.

Plos article

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This is funny

Posted by naturalproductman on March 12, 2014

How many hours do post docs and grad students work a day?


Science random

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Job postings

Posted by naturalproductman on January 15, 2014

There are many places one can find postings for jobs. The back of the C&E News magazine in the classified usually has them.

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JACS or Angewandte?

Posted by naturalproductman on December 27, 2013

Which journal is better: JACS or ACIE?

I think many people have asked this question before.

ACIE has a higher impact factor than JACS.

Something I do like better about JACS than ACIE is that the supporting information is free to the public.

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Anyone else notice?

Posted by naturalproductman on December 13, 2013

Is it just me or does anyone else notice more total syntheses papers in ACIE than in JACS?

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Say “NO” to Cell, Nature, and Science

Posted by naturalproductman on December 12, 2013

Here’s an interesting declaration by nobel laureate, Randy Scheman, who is now boycotting Cell, Nature, and Science. I kind of do agree with this because I have heard a lot about how you won’t get an academic job if you don’t publish in one of these journals, and I feel that I will never publish in these journals.

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Hazardous compounds – a learning experience

Posted by naturalproductman on October 11, 2013

I’ve dealt with many hazardous chemicals and safety is an important issue.  I think anybody working in a chemistry lab should be in the habit of always wearing eye protection (i.e. safety glasses), lab coat (cover your arms), and gloves. Also running reactions in a working fumehood.

I am going to share a story I personally experienced because it is important for any practicing chemist to be careful.

I was in a lab where a new postdoc had joined and the person had taken my saturated NaHCO3 (sodium bicarbonate) (aq.) solution bottle and replaced it with Na2S2O3 (sodium thiosulfate) (I am assuming the postdoc was using this sodium thiosulfate solution to workup “their” Dess-Martin periodinane reaction). The mistake the person had made was when they did not remove my label of NaHCO3 on the bottle and just used a permanent marker with “their” Na2S2O3 marking. Here was the hazard: I used this bicarbonate solution to wash my mCPBA (in diethyl ether) to remove the benzoic acid impurity in the commercially available mCPBA. The reaction I was performing was a sulfoxide elimination of a phenyl sulfide substituent. Well when I did not see that my label was changed in my bottle and I did the usual wash of mCPBA (about 3 g) in diethyl ether and saturated NaHCO3 in a separatory funnel, the stuff just heated up and the solution went everywhere – including my face and neck and left arm. I should also mention that I was wearing safety glasses and latex gloves. Yes I did not wear a lab coat and I learned my lesson. However – when I pointed out in the lab that somebody had changed the NaHCO3 solution to Na2S2O3 by indicating the smeared Sharpee mark of Na2S2O3, the postdoc, who I had suspected of doing it immediately said “WHO DID IT?” That weekend I had come in on Saturday and observed the postdoc washing my bottle of “NaHCO3″ out with soap and water.

Of course the person ended up denying it and when I finally confronted the person months later and indicated the scars that were left from the accident, the person finally apologized. Sometimes an apology is all you need – it really did make me feel better. And yes I do still have some scars from that incident only to remind myself of the importance of a lab coat and sometimes even a face shield. I of course always wear a lab coat when I am working in the lab now. Accidents are unpredictable and happen to the best of us, you just never know what is going to happen in the lab even if it wasn’t on purpose because they are just accidents. Having proper personal protective equipment (i.e. lab coat, safety glasses, gloves) can help us minimize damages.

Here is a news article about lab accidents.

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