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.