Blogroll: Sharing your science

Editor’s note: As we continue to invite bloggers out there in the wild to compose our monthly Blogroll column, Chad Jones penned the October 2013 column.


Informal chemistry review articles are a great way to spread the passion you have for your research.

Hours and hours spent in the lab with no results. Finally there’s a spike in the spectrum, a precipitate forms, or a colour changes; you’ve got a result to be proud of, and all of that hard work pays off when you share what you’ve found with your peers. Whether at a conference, in a peer-reviewed journal, or at a seminar, it’s important to communicate the science you’re passionate about.

These formal settings are usually what come to mind for sharing your research, but a new blog initiative by Andrew Bissette may also be worth your time. Bissette, who hosts #chemclub on Twitter and posts round-ups on his blog, has begun posting an informal review article each month. The first two posts were his own, on protcells and the Pummerer reaction, but since then he has invited others to fill the space with subjects they’re familiar with. JesstheChemist, who blogs at The Organic Solution wrote a great review about fluorinated drugs.

#Chemclub Reviews is a new project, but it’s a good idea and it will be interesting to watch it develop. Informal short reviews like these are a great way of telling the online chemistry community about the area you work in — a community that is very willing to listen and give relevant input. Reading the reviews is a quick way to learn more about a field that you might not be so familiar with and offers a complementary option to traditional journal review articles. If you would like to contribute an informal review, contact Bissette by e-mail ( or on Twitter (@_byronmiller).

Written by Chad Jones, who blogs at


[As mentioned in this post, we’re posting the monthly blogroll column here on the Sceptical Chymist. This is the October 2013 article]