The new referees

The emergence of web-enabled technologies, such as blogs over the last decade has gradually filtered into the world of chemistry, although long-time readers will know that ChemWeb has been around for even longer than that. One by-product of such developments is that researchers and those that follow their work are more able to react to each on a much shorter timescale than was possible in the print-only era. A relatively new blog, Blog Syn has been established as a forum on which organic chemists can discuss their attempts to reproduce each others' syntheses and in particular their failures. It has already generated controversy but is raising awareness of a more open lab book approach to chemistry.