Posts Tagged ‘David Scheschkewitz’

A two-publisher model for the scientific article: narrative+shared data.

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

I do go on rather a lot about enabling or hyper-activating[1] data. So do others[2]. Why is sharing data important?



  1. O. Casher, G.K. Chandramohan, M.J. Hargreaves, C. Leach, P. Murray-Rust, H.S. Rzepa, R. Sayle, and B.J. Whitaker, "Hyperactive molecules and the World-Wide-Web information system", Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 2, pp. 7, 1995.
  2. R. Van Noorden, "Data-sharing: Everything on display", Nature, vol. 500, pp. 243-245, 2013.

Can a cyclobutadiene and carbon dioxide co-exist in a calixarene cavity?

Friday, November 19th, 2010

On 8th August this year, I posted on a fascinating article that had just appeared in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1188002), in which the crystal structure was reported of two small molecules, 1,3-dimethyl cyclobutadiene and carbon dioxide, entrapped together inside a calixarene cavity. Other journals (e.g. Nature Chemistry, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.823) ran the article as a research highlight (where the purpose is not a critical analysis but more of an alerting service). A colleague, David Scheschkewitz, pointed me to the article. We both independently analyzed different aspects, and first David, and then I then submitted separate articles for publication describing what we had found. Science today published both David’s thoughts (DOI:10.1126/science.1195752) and also those of another independent group, Igor Alabugin and colleagues (DOI: 10.1126/science.1196188). The original authors have in turn responded (DOI: 10.1126/science.1195846). My own article on the topic will appear very shortly (DOI: 10.1039/C0CC04023A). You can see quite a hornet’s nest has been stirred up!