What is Further Fate of a Published Scientific Paper?

  • O. Exner Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague


Acceptance of a published paper may be different as shown on examples from the author's work. A wrong finding was rebutted (acyl derivatives of oximes, configuration of hydroximoyl chlorides), a method was accepted but not always followed (isokinetic relationship), a long-term discussion started which has not been resolved (resonance in nitrobenzene), a work was repeated without knowledge of the predecessor (acylation of a hydroxylamine derivative) or the paper was accepted but not cited (polyvalent iodine derivatives). The consequences are discussed from the philosophic, ethical, psychological and scientometric viewpoints.