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Cutting edge chemistry rushes online

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2:59pm, June 16, 2003

From Washington, D.C., at the 220th national meeting of the American Chemical Society

A controversial new tool that may accelerate chemistry research made its debut last week. Chemists can now submit their research papers to the Chemistry Preprint Server, which was officially launched at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The server is run by a London-based, commercial Internet site called ChemWeb.com, with some 200,000 members.

Before printed journals accept papers for publication, they generally put scientists' work through a lengthy review process. This can delay the communication of breakthroughs, both modest and dramatic, to other scientists doing related work.

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