Half an hour after the message hit reviewers’ in-boxes, pale green circles dotted the screen where eager readers left suggestions and edits. Over the next four days, more than a dozen of the original 80 invitees anonymously debated the new chemical synthesis presented in the manuscript. They commented on the reaction’s novelty, questioned the molecular mechanisms proposed by the authors, suggested control experiments, pointed out spectra of samples with subpar purity, flagged typos, and most crucially, recommended rejection or acceptance.
by Tien M. Nguyen |
November 26, 2018