Sunday, August 28, 2005

Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry: Open Access!

Organic chemists now have a fully gold, open access journal to publish in - to share their work with colleagues around the globe. Now that's Chemistry Without Borders!

The Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, a new, open access chemistry journal, was officially launched today, August 28, 2005. Thanks to Open Access News' George Porter, and BioMedCentral.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

C & E News Letter to the Editor

Here is a response to the Letter to the Editor of Chemical and Engineering News we sent last week:

Dear Dr. Chambreau,

Thank you for your recent letter to the editor of Chemical & Engineering
News. We have decided to publish it, and it will appear in an upcoming issue
of the magazine. We appreciate you taking the time and interest to write it.

Rudy Baum,
Chemical & Engineering News

Here's a copy of the letter we sent:

July 28, 2005

Dear Editor,

We are pleased to write this follow-up letter to the one Bego Gerber wrote which was published in Chemical and Engineering News, Letters to the Editor, dated September 13, 2004, p. 2, titled “An ailing cure.” The suggestion to participate in an organization of chemists analogous to Médecins Sans Frontières has catalyzed the conception of “Chemists Without Borders.” We have embarked on organizing chemists to help make the world better through chemistry, initially focusing on existing vaccines, as mentioned in the previous letter.

We invite other chemists and scientists to contact us and help us grow this organization into an internationally effective humanitarian relief organization. We will promote and facilitate the funding and implementation of chemical technologies to help where they are needed most.

Bego Gerber, Campbell, CA
Steven Chambreau, Royal Oak, MI

Keep an eye out! I hope this will get quite a response!


Friday, August 05, 2005

Heather's new blog & Open Access Chemistry post

Heather has a new blog, the Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, at

Links to my posts relating to chemistry and open access are gathered in this post

This includes:

  • why OA to chemistry information is both the public and corporate interests
  • The Imaginary Journal of High End Chemistry (more about publishing than chemistry, but some chemists do seem to enjoy this)
  • how to fund OA chemistry
  • chemistry and the disciplinary differential
    (Reader caution: chemistry is behind on OA, I like to poke fun at the discipline).

Looking forward to hearing about your next conference call!