Blogging as Peer review. I. Reductive and Transition-Metal-Free: Oxidation of Secondary Alcohols by Sodium Hydride Wang, Zhang, Wang, JACS, 2009, DOI: 10.1021/ja904224y
Blogging as Peer Review. I. Blogged in Totally Synthetic (http://totallysynthetic.com/blog/?p=1903) Included repeating experiment Picked up by readers who also failed to reproduce results Consensus suggestion that oxygen contaminants, either from air or within or upon NaH, are responsible for oxidation Summarized in RSC blog (http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/News/2009/July/27070901.asp)
Blogging as Peer review. II. Evidence for the Likely Origin of Homochirality in Amino Acids, Sugars, and Nucleosides on Prebiotic Earth, Ron Breslow, JACS, 2012, 134, 6887–6892, DOI: 10.1021/ja3012897 Dinos in Space! "An implication of this work is that elsewhere in the universe there could exist life forms based on D amino acids and L sugars...Such life forms could even be advanced versions of dinosaurs, if mammals did not have the good fortune to have the dinosaurs wiped out by an asteroidal collision, as on Earth. We would be better off not meeting them."
Blogging as Peer Review. II. Plagarism and exaggerated claims highlighted in Chem Bark, In the Pipeline, Curious Wavefunction, and others blog.chembark.com/2012/04/12/breslow-and-dinosaurs-in-jacs- oh-my/ pipeline.corante.com/archives/2012/04/25/breslows_chirality_pa per_more_than_just_alien_dinosaurs.php wavefunction.fieldofscience.com/2012/04/would-ron-breslows- dinosaurs-be-typing.html justlikecooking.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/space-dinos-prebiotic- chemistry-meets.html Stuart Cantrells (Chief Editor of Nature Chemistry) Twitter pics demonstrate many paragraphs that were lifted whole (http://twitpic.com/9dd5f1)
Why I blog Altruism only goes so far Survey the computational organic literature to A) provide currency to my book B) assist in writing the second edition C) forms the basis of a series of review articles for RSC Demonstrate the use of blogging in chemical communication
Technical Considerations Blog software Wordpress Blog-specific hosting Self-hosting Commercial blogging service Wordpress.com, blogger.com (now google), blogspot.com Remote host MediaTemple
The Future of Blogging Pressure from other social media Hard to envisage Twitter as an effective chemical communication medium Need to establish professional benefit to blogging Alt.metrics Current most promising candidate: Journal review overlay
Acknowledgments Peter Murray-Rust Henry Rzepa Jan Jensen Wiley, RSC Dustin Bachrach