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1 Million Served

Earlier in the week Chemistry Blog crossed the 1 million visitor mark. I just want to say thank you to all the readers and fellow writers that have helped to make this happen. It has been a good 6 years.


By May 25, 2012 6 comments chem 2.0

Most Popular Chemistry Paper for March 2012

Like January 2012, the most accessed paper for March 2012 on ChemFeeds was a small feature in Angewandte highlighting winners receiving recognition for their work, in this case the ACS 2012 National award. The winners in no particular order were David O’Hagan, Arnold L. Rheingold, Philip P. Power, Jonathan A. Ellman, Christopher A. Reed, Stephen Hanessian, Mitsuo Kira, Enrique Iglesia (not to be confused with the famous singer), and Raymond E. Schaak.

However, the honor of being the most highly accessed original science article was shared by two different JACS papers:

Reisman graphical abstract
Aiwen Lei graphical abstract

The paper with the most eye-catching graphical abstract goes to Young-Jae Oh and Ki-Hun Jeong for their Advanced Materials paper titled, “Glass Nanopillar Arrays with Nanogap-Rich Silver Nanoislands for Highly Intense Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering“.

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By April 4, 2012 2 comments ChemFeeds

ACS Grid View TOC

Anyone who pokes around ACS’ JACS beta site will have noticed they now offer a grid view for TOC abstracts. Screen shot below

At a recent ACS on campus focus group I remarked to a member of the JACS beta team how similar it looks to ChemFeeds (screenshot below). The young marketing graduate said with a big smile, “Yeah, we know.” “We knew about it.”

If you want to play with ACS’ TOC Grid View read the instructions here: Grid View TOC

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By October 14, 2010 7 comments chem 2.0

ACS Feeds: Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

I know everyone hates rss posts, but the latest ACS feeds updates is causing havoc for chemists dependent on their graphical abstracts fix (3000 people have visited the JACS feed in the past 9 months through ChemFeeds). It was bad enough that it dragged me from experiments to patch ChemFeeds and make me write this post.

The good parts of the ACS feeds update: 1) ACS now includes author names in the feeds instead of only the first author and appending “et al.“. Thus, I have updated ChemFeeds to display authors for ACS journals (simply hover over the abstract title) 2) The journal Analytical Chemistry now has graphical abstracts.

The Bad: 1)They don’t provide a link to ACS’s abstract page. The link provided takes the user to which may not resolve to the publisher’s website for days.

I’m not sure why ACS decided to run all their in-house feeds through a third party like feedburner. My best guess is they wanted to track who and how people were using their feeds, but there are better ways to accomplish that.

Also covered by Sam.

Update (Sept 6th): After submitting this post ACS has again updated their feed structure and removed author names, dois, and all XML elements. Their feed architecture is nonexistent. ACS is basically running backwards at this point. It would be impossible to make it compatible with ChemFeeds or extract any information from it based on how badly the code is written. Apparently this is a feedburner feature that hides the source XML from view.

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By September 4, 2010 1 comment chem 2.0