On a roll

Although I've not posted here in a while (soon, honest), I did the honours for this month's Nature Chemistry Blogroll column. Connoisseurs can find the same text in all its typeset glory here ($, but ReadCube's first-page preview is particularly generous when an article only…

DrugPrinter, or, the hallucinogenic goose that 3D-prints the golden egg

There's nothing wrong with a forward-looking, what-might-the-future-hold journal article. Something that looks beyond the current state-of-the-art and discusses which advances might soon revolutionise a field of science. Nothing wrong with that at all. Unless, of course, said article is about as grounded in reality as David Icke on…

A Springer SCIgen post scriptum

Another little morsel in the curious case of the credulous publishers: Springer's membership of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association has been suspended. Quoth the OASPA: Given that the publication of these articles is evidence of a systematic problem with editorial processes, we have placed Springer's…

A tangled web: ACS respond, Atypon CEO gloats

Yesterday saw a few further developments in the ACS spider trap saga. Firstly, we have a response from the ACS, quoted in part below. …ACS Publications, like other information providers, utilizes a number of standard protocols that strike a balance between ease of accessibility for the scientific community and…

The ACS in Spiderland

Hijinks and outrage on Twitter today, after the discovery of a spider trap embedded in the pages of the ACS journal platform. It first came to light via Peter Murray-Rust's blog, where he reported that the enigmatic ‘Pandora’ had found herself and her institution blocked from…

26 steps in God-like, one-pot, single operational procedure

OMFG awesome, yeah?! Sadly not. Ok, we all know SciFinder lies sometimes. It's not always their fault, sometimes the reaction they've faithfully indexed and you've faithfully, hopefully, please-Lord-let-this-one-work-ully set up never really gave the yield the authors said it did in the first place.…