Friday, September 4, 2015

J. Org. Chem. is the new Zh. Org. Khim!

They used to say that if you thought you had discovered something new in chemistry, you didn't speak Russian. That is, chances are your "new" discovery was buried somewhere in the Russian Journal of Organic Chemistry, abbreviated Zh. Org. Khim.

Well, we were pleased earlier this week to find a new reaction discovered in Angewandte!

This directing group looked familiar to us, and with a little bit of internet sleuthing, we were able to find a nice Zh. Org. Khim. paper from 2014 showing off this directing group.

Indeed, it took us nearly half a second to find the picolinimide directing group using a Google search!

So does this mean that Journal of Organic Chemistry is turning into the new Zh. Org. Khim?


  1. This discovery confirms a great reproducibility of the new methodology - it looks like it was reproduced almost verbatim...

  2. 1. Didn't Daugulis report that DG originally?
    2. Who looks worse, the authors or Angewandte for printing this?

  3. Well, they now published something I did not know existed in Angewandte, an apology:

    They basically say they screwed up big time and are sorry for it. They don't, however, say that now the main point of novelty is gone.

  4. This proves that China doesn't have access to Google is not a rumor.