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April 29, 2011
Keep On Scrollin'
I've been browsing through my journal RSS feeds, and a question occurs to me. When you're scanning through the current literature, what sort of paper makes you most likely to keep scrolling? What kind of work are you least likely to actually read?
We'll stipulate that you're looking at a journal or subject that's relevant to your field - I read a lot of stuff, but I'm most certainly not going to slow down to look over (say) a theoretical paper calculating the stability of isomeric inorganic complexes. But that said, there are things that make you slow down while going through the abstracts, and there are things that absolutely made you speed up.
My particular biases are to walk more quickly past the following sorts of titles, which have been only slightly exaggerated for effect. And you?
"Synthesis of A Natural Product That You Don't Care About, Using Methods That Bore You"
"Slight Enantiomeric Excess Realized Through Use Of A Humungous Catalyst That Takes Nine Steps To Make All By Itself"
"Nanorods Attached to Nanoplates by Nanosprings: Progress Toward a Nanomattress"
"Green Chemistry, Part 87: A Novel Reagent to Prepare Nitriles from Oximes"
"Isolation Of Known Terpenoid Natural Products From Weeds In Our Back Yard"
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