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Web-based scholarly communication in chemistry

New web-based models of scholarly communication have made a significant impact in some scientific disciplines, but chemistry is not one of them. What has prevented the widespread adoption of these developments by chemists — and what are the prospects for adoption over time? These controversial questions are addressed by Theresa Velden and Carl Lagoze of Cornell University in a Commentary in the December issue of Nature Chemistry (1, 673-678; 2009). The authors write: “The success of these new web-based and social-network models in disciplines neighbouring to and at the periphery of chemistry (such as drug design) stands in contrast to 

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