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Moving some of our lab blog posts to GQW

February 1, 2012 2 comments

From this semester onwards, the article synopses related to G-quadruplexes, which used to be posted in the blog in our lab website will be posted here. This is partly in preparation from transitioning away from the .Mac service (where the website is still hosted) since it will stop working in June of this year. In addition, using this blog is likely to increase the exposure of our posts as evidenced by the previous post. I’ll be announcing other changes in our web related activities soon.

In the meantime, continue to follow the guidelines in preparing your article synopses and postings:

An appropriate synopsis and comment should contain the following elements (1-3 for the blogger and 1-4 for the commenter):

  1. A brief synopsis of the article’s central idea (rationale, finding). In this part of your comment you must address explicitly the following issues: (a) What is the significance of the article? (b) How novel are the results? (c) Is the length of the manuscript appropriate to its contents? (c) What would you have done differently regarding this issue?
  2. A critical assessment of the experimental methods & techniques. In this part of your comment you must address explicitly the following issues: (a) Did the authors performed appropriate control experiments? (b) Are the conclusions supported by the results? (c) Are the references appropriate and correct? (d) Whenever applicable, is the characterization provided for new compounds appropriate with regard to identity and purity? (e) What would you have done differently regarding this issue?
  3. A critical assessment of the narrative. In this part of your comment you must addressexplicitly the following issues: (a) Is the narrative engaging? (b) Was the problem put in the proper perspective? (c) Did the authors do a good job explaining the significance of their findings? (d) What would you have done differently regarding this issue?
  4. A constructive criticism of the blogger’s synopsis. In this part of your comment you must address explicitly the following issues: (a) Was the synopsis well written (spelling and grammar)? (b) Could a person with a general knowledge of chemistry be able to grasp the fundamentals of the article being discussed? (c) Did the blogger addressed the issues i-iii of these guidelines? (d) What do you think of the blogger’s pictorial representation of the article? (e) Did the blogger used supplementary material to aid in the understanding of his/her synopsis (e.g. hyperlinks)  (d) What advice can you give to the blogger to improve his/her future synopses?
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Moving the GQW

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

The original G-Quadruplex World blog is hosted at Blogger, but after playing around with WordPress I’ve decided to migrate the site here. I will post the specific reasons for the migration at some point (if I ever find the time and energy to do so). In the mean time, the migration should be pretty straightforward since I didn’t post that frequently (once a year on average!), but the real value of the site was the list of  ‘Notable Quadruplex Articles’, which appears now on the right side of this page as Recent articles on GQs. Other features that I have migrated here are:

  • A list of groups (GQ Groups) doing research related to GQs. This list is a little outdated, so I hope to be updating it more frequently.
  • Other links (GQ Links) related to GQs.

The reason why I started the GQW blog was to provide an convenient source for my research group to follow the publications in the field. So, I was surprised to find out in the ‘stats’ page that most viewers of the site are not from Puerto Rico, but from elsewhere (in particular from Japan!) as shown in the list below.

  1. Japan (1,799)
  2. United States (564)
  3. Taiwan (232)
  4. United Kingdom (198)
  5. Puerto Rico (150)
  6. Singapore (133)
  7. Italy (122)
  8. India (121)
  9. France (70)
  10. Ukraine (59)

 

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