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Science  01 Sep 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5791, pp. 1211
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5791.1211b

A few tips from a veteran cook can ensure that your first soufflé comes out fluffy instead of leaden. The same principle motivates the SyntheticPages, hosted by the University of Warwick in the U.K. Midway between a journal and a user-written wiki, the site allows researchers to share not just the procedure for making a compound, but also pointers and common problems. So far, contributors have submitted 220 protocols for synthesizing everything from quinoline to substituted flavones. In contrast to wiki-style sites, editors vet the procedures before they're posted. The site's goal isn't to replace traditional publications but to allow researchers to pass on their experience with a reaction. Visitors can also have their say, adding clarifications and refinements.

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