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Drawing accurate representations of chemical structures is difficult. Copying them from publications can be fraught with errors and it is common to see that structures in publications are incomplete in their definitions of stereochemistry and that groups are missing anyway. Such is the nature of the beast. I have blogged recently about an observation of a structure drawing error in C&E News and the editor was kind enough to comment. Here’s an image of a structure from a C&E News article about Micrococcin P1 from this weeks magazine. Check out the structure….can you see any issues?
Now that ChemSpider is part of the RSC we will be able to offer some of our experiences in identifying potential errors in structures before they are published. There are ways to do this so that both authors and editors alike get flagged to such issues. This is way down the road from migrating ChemSpider to RSC servers but would definitely bring value to helping to ensure quality of data in Chemistry.
Feel free to post your comments regarding any issues you see with the structure as drawn.Stumble it!