From the ChemBlog…
I’m starting to write my second paper for JOC, fresh off the heals of my recent JACs submission* (fingers crossed) and I’ve sort of grown tired of the formulaic way the introduction of papers are written. I can basically boil it down with the Mad Lib here, so you can write your own paper in the future:The obligatory first sentences (Pick two, mix with proper punctuation to create an opening statement):
- (insert the germane specialty) has become of considerable interest recently.
- Efforts to develop an effective (means/method to do something) have emerged recently but currently there exists very few instances in the literature which (insert limitations they have that your novel crap doesn’t have)
- The (your family of chemical compound or compound class) has become the focus of research efforts based upon emerging applications in (list at least 3 things. I.E. nanofilms, antitumor agents, biowarefare detection shit)
- (Some chemical transformation which the world needs) has been challenging and often requires (list of awful conditions culled from carefully chosen literature).
- Here we present a method to (your method) using (some awesome feature, I.E. greater yields, higher e.e., lower temperatures, without the use of explosive peroxides/azides, autofellatio)
Now that the beginning is done, the rest of the article almost writes itself and you can fill it with data and facts and pictures.
Here is an example of a filled out Mad Lib using the above methods I made:
Crapping out awful introductions for papers has become of considerable interest recently. Efforts to develop an effective means to open a paper have emerged recently but currently there exists very few instances in the literature which don’t make me want to shoot myself in the face. Here we present a method to mock the fuck out of people that use these cliche openers using only a withered sarcastic spirit and little prospect for trying to write my JOC article anymore today.