A Fun Observation Searching for a Chemistry Paper on Google


I’ve recently moved the ChemConnector blog from home-based servers to be hosted by WordPress. There have been some issues with doing so and there is still work to do in mapping over all old images into the new theme. Not as easy as hoped. It’ll get fixed. In parallel I’ve decided to finally put my CV online with links to the actual publications I’ve written as it is getting increasingly difficult and frustrating to keep managing my CV and I’d rather host it online anyway. I’ve got the paper collection on Mendeley, and Scivee and partially on LinkedIn but it seems more sensible, and easier, to just manage online and the blog seems to be the right place to do that.  So, my CV is now listed here.

One of the challenges that I have taken on is to link as many of the publications as possible to the actual articles using DOIs as much as possible. In general this has been quite easy but some, not quite so simple. The general path has been to copy-paste the title of the article from my CV directly into Google and find the paper and paste the http://dx.doi.org/INSERTDOI here as a link. You’ll see a list of them on the CV now. When that fails then just the reference itself generally finds it for me.

There have been a couple of interesting observations in the work that are “unimportant but interesting”. For example, this one on my CV. Paper number 28 lists as:

28. M.R. Detty, D. Young and A.J. Williams, A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogenpyrilium Trimethine Dyes, J. Org. Chem. 60, 6631 (1995)

and a search on

“Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogenpyrilium Trimethine Dyes” brings me this list of hits on Google. All three hits are different versions of my CV but none of them are the original paper.

Search Results

  1. AntonyWilliams | SciVee

    Nov 12, 2010 A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogenpyrilium Trimethine Dyes, J. Org. Chem. 60, 6631 (1995)
    www.scivee.tv/user/6516Cached
  2. 2008 December 05 archive at The ChemConnector Blog by Antony

    Dec 5, 2008 A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogenpyrilium Trimethine Dyes, J. Org. Chem. 60, 6631 (1995)
    www.chemconnector.com/chemunicating/2008/12/05
  3. [PDF]

    Antony Williams Resume

    – Apr 15

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View
    28. M.R. Detty, D. Young and A.J. Williams, A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the. Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogenpyrilium Trimethine Dyes,
    www.iamscientist.com/…/Antony%2520John%2520Williams%2520Final%2520CV%2520Version%…

 

However…there is the listing at the top of the page asking:

Did you mean: Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Chalcogen Pyrylium Trimethine Dyes

So, Google wants to split chalcogenpyrilium into two words to do the search. It shouldn’t be two words according to the title I have, and wasn’t in the paper as I recall, but why not search and see if it helps.

There, at the top of the search is:

A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of

– 1:53pmby MR Detty – 1995 – Cited by 3Related articles
A Mechanism for Heteroatom Scrambling in the Synthesis of Unsymmetrical. Chalcogenopyrylium Trimethine Dyes …. heteroatom scrambling involves the entire chalcogenopy…. leads to symmetrical telluropyrylium dye la and sele-
pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jo00125a066
with Chalcogenopyrilium (note the inserted “o”) rather than chalcogenpyrilium. If I click through I find the paper here at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jo00125a066 and find that I had the title wrong. I had it wrong in the three versions of my CV scattered around the internet. Now I’ve got it correct on the blog version of my CV.
Google never ceases to amaze me. The fact that its helping me to correct spellings in my own CV…how embarrassing…and impressive at the same time!
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