Over the past 18 months I have been involved, with two co-authors, in writing a 360 page review article on Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation (CASE). At publication it will be about 200 published pages and, other than a PhD thesis and a book, is the longest single document Iâ€™ve been involved with. The truth is that it started as a labor of love but was simply a relief when finished.
It will be published in Progress in NMR Spectroscopy, an Elsevier Publication. I have seen a lot of hits against publishers of late and this post is NOT one of those. I have to express how impressed I am with their process of keeping authors informed of the status of the publication at various stages during the production of the published document. We are presently at the stage of proof production. Judging by my experience so far this will be seamless. I will report on whether it is or not.
When the publication is complete the publication will then become the guinea pig publication for referencing from ChemSpider. We are presently implementing the ability for users to submit their own chemical structures to ChemSpider and link out to their publications available online. There are a number of complex chemical structures published in the review article that already exist in electronic format so submission will be easy. I will simply submit the structures, add some commentary and a link to the appropriate publication(s). When the process goes live curation will be a necessary part of the process. Details are yet to be defined. I am interested in responses from any readers who would be willing to test this process. As I posted recently on PMR’s blog I understand that many of you prefer to read blogs than reply to them. If you want to participate in the development of the submission process outlined above please visit our contact page.