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November 4, 2011

Table Of Content Graphics, Mocked

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Someone has to make fun of lousy graphical abstracts in science journals. And apparently this is that person. I've no idea who this is, but they're helping, in their way, to make the world a better place.

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1. will on November 4, 2011 11:20 AM writes...

truly, this person is doing the lord's work. some of those are hilarious!

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2. Anonymous on November 4, 2011 11:46 AM writes...

My favorite was the abbreviation of Copper Nanotubes, how does that even make it past a reviewer?

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3. Quintus on November 4, 2011 11:48 AM writes...

Someone taking a leaf from Angewandte's book?

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4. Milfshake on November 4, 2011 11:54 AM writes...

Keep going until you get to the Boar. You'll cry.

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5. David Formerly Known as a Chemist on November 4, 2011 12:22 PM writes...

If the general public ever sees these, scientists will be shunned even more than they are now as socially inept misfits that should be hidden away in dark basements.

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6. Honclbrif on November 4, 2011 1:08 PM writes...

Definitely have had this one on the RSS for a while.

On the lines of "copper nanotubes" I once made some NTA bound copper and felt like an idiot after re-reading my abbreviation.

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7. Greg Hlatky on November 4, 2011 1:09 PM writes...

Mercy Maud, I'm a socially inept misfit who should be hidden away in a dark basement, but I'd never think to use anything like this? Sorry to sound naive, but are these real?

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8. Slurpy on November 4, 2011 1:31 PM writes...

I've been reading TOCROFL for a year or so now, I could have SWORN I'd discovered it through this blog. Apparently I am mistaken.

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9. Devid on November 4, 2011 2:22 PM writes...

this is absolutely good. even the more so as we talked at today's lunch about that paper from Seeberger in Angewandte, my collegue tried to explain to me the octopus (=8!) problem for a hexameric multivalent whatever. gorgeous to find it (among other animals) in this collection.

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10. Just sayin' on November 4, 2011 4:05 PM writes...

Thanks TOCRFL for spurring me to look up unfamiliar terms in the urban dictionary. I had no idea that supramolecular chemistry was so rife with innuendo. Some of the TOC art makes the nanoputians (thanks, Professor Tour) seem lily-white wholesome by comparison.

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11. Algirdas on November 4, 2011 7:05 PM writes...

"Sorry to sound naive, but are these real?"

Yes. Click on the graphical abstract - they are all linked to their papers at the publisher's site.

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12. haha on November 4, 2011 9:17 PM writes...

best one has got to be the august 15th post: boar taint in anal. chem. I don't care what the paper is about...the authors are genius

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13. Anonymous on November 5, 2011 8:17 AM writes...

This guy is doing the Lord's work.

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14. Anonymous BMS Researcher on November 6, 2011 11:07 PM writes...

The copper nanotubules one would be a career-limiting move at my workplace.

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15. Not a nanotube, copper or otherwise on November 7, 2011 3:26 PM writes...

As an artist it is interesting to me that the vast majority of these illustrations are collages of pre-existing artwork and clip-art. Part of their humor is in the fact that they are just plain bad. I'm willing to bet the illustrators spent an average of about three minutes making each one.

Calling someone a copper nanotube... who'da thunk it...

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16. Just sayin' on November 7, 2011 6:43 PM writes...

I'm surprised that none of Nicolaou's "artwork" appears on TOCROFL. Seriously, minotaurs?!

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17. Anon on November 8, 2011 2:56 AM writes...

'weirdipus' classic

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18. Anonymous on November 8, 2011 11:04 PM writes...

When I come across graphical abstracts like these I wonder if they were purposely designed to look ridiculous. (same goes for photos in review articles)

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19. Northwest AJ on November 17, 2011 4:16 PM writes...

What is with all the Tolkien imagery? That's just weird. This whole thing is also reminding me of the study that found that the most popular wines are the ones with pictures of animals on the bottle.

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