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July 9, 2006
Down the Chute: Your Call
I haven't thrown a question out to the readership in a while, and this one has been on my mind. Let's give it a try: what journal(s) would you just as soon see vanish from the earth?
A few ground rules: let's try stick to organic chemistry and associated fields, for now. If we start slamming the other scientific disciplines, we'll never get things under control. If this is a popular feature, we'll take on the others in due course. And I'd suggest these criteria for marking a journal for death:
1. You don't read it regularly.
2. You don't even read it occasionally.
3. You assume that any paper in it wasn't good enough to appear somewhere else.
4. You can't recall the last time you even got some reference data from it.
Those are pretty stringent criteria. For example, I never look at Synthetic Communications, but I do occasionally get a procedure from it (and they occasionally work). I picked up some analogous-compound data from a Heterocycles paper a year ago, so it doesn't quite make #4, but otherwise it's one that I'd mark for the trash heap.
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