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Do you know how to be honest about your research?
« on: March 06, 2013, 06:35:57 AM »
#overlyhonestmethods

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Re: Do you know how to be honest about your research?
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2013, 07:54:24 AM »
 ;D

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Re: Do you know how to be honest about your research?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2013, 08:10:32 AM »
Love these!
Some others...

"The yields were lower for this experiment because an undergrad did it"

"The reaction was stirred under ambient conditions overnight because the condensers were dirty"

"we anticipate this reaction will work on other substrates including ****, ***, and ****, but we had enough results for a paper, and we were bored with this project, so we stopped"

"The aqueous solution was heated to 170 C in this reaction vessel that we did not trust; we did not enter the room while it was running"

"you have no idea how much duct tape held the apparatus together, we ran out of clamps"

"the reaction was acidified with the remainder of HCl in the bottle"

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Re: Do you know how to be honest about your research?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2013, 08:51:07 AM »
"The yields were lower for this experiment because an undergrad did it"

Good one - or spilled a column tube/bumped up the rotavap
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Re: Do you know how to be honest about your research?
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2013, 09:01:26 AM »
"Table 3a below is essentially redundant but we added it to humor a cranky referee"

"Refs.1-4 provide an excellent review of the previous work on this topic (and those authors were potential reviewers)"

"The missing entries in Column 3 signify experiments for which the author typed 'rm -rf' in a directory where he shouldn't have."

"The data was verified by Simulations using a state-of-the-art Quantum Chemistry Simulation Package. (we cannot name which since we only 'borrowed' a license )"

"Only two solvent washes were given in the last experiment since we ran out of grants to purchase any more solvent"
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Re: Do you know how to be honest about your research?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2013, 10:12:23 AM »
"reaction was refluxed overnight and then allowed to sit at ambient conditions for a week because we forgot about it."

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