Communication and re-use of chemical information in bioscience.


Type
Article
Change log
Authors
Murray-Rust, Peter 
Mitchell, John BO 
Rzepa, Henry S 
Abstract

The current methods of publishing chemical information in bioscience articles are analysed. Using 3 papers as use-cases, it is shown that conventional methods using human procedures, including cut-and-paste are time-consuming and introduce errors. The meaning of chemical terms and the identity of compounds is often ambiguous. valuable experimental data such as spectra and computational results are almost always omitted. We describe an Open XML architecture at proof-of-concept which addresses these concerns. Compounds are identified through explicit connection tables or links to persistent Open resources such as PubChem. It is argued that if publishers adopt these tools and protocols, then the quality and quantity of chemical information available to bioscientists will increase and the authors, publishers and readers will find the process cost-effective.

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Keywords
Archives, Chemical Phenomena, Chemistry, Data Display, Databases, Factual, Information Storage and Retrieval, Journalism, Models, Chemical, Molecular Structure, Terminology as Topic
Journal Title
BMC Bioinformatics
Conference Name
Journal ISSN
1471-2105
1471-2105
Volume Title
Publisher
Springer Science and Business Media LLC