Disclaimer: the following article is pure
irony sarcasm (like the rest of the blog).
1 – NMR
Why the hell are you still putting the NMR scan in the supplementary information? No one is going through it anyway, not the referees nor the editor(s). So, why bother in using paint to remove the nasty solvent peaks? Why that white tape of the impurities? Do just one thing: hand draw it, nothing better than a good old hand drawing, no paint required and almost impossible to detect as fraud.
1H-NMR (400MHz) of compound X.
Yes, yes, I hear you. You are not an artist and you don’t want to lose time in hand drawing something. Then just put a random NMR picture in the supplementary information. Classy and scientifically correct:
NMR (400MHz), compound X inside.
2 – Elemental Analysis, Melting Point
Nothing here works better than a good old set of D&D dices. Only pay attention to the 20 faced dice, having a melting point of 6456 C may be suspicious. If you don’t like dices, you can alway go for the I Ching (in the uncommon possibility that you don’t know what is the I Ching, ask one of your Chinese colleague, or even better read “the man in the high castle”). God doesn’t play dice with the world, nobody asked him to fill in the supporting information.
3 – UV, Fluorescence and so on
As the NMR, the best option is to hand draw it. If lazy you can go for your favorite mountain (here for example the Vesusio). Don’t even think about labeling the axes, no one really care and referees hate it. For the IR just turn it upside down and add some random peaks.
UV-Vis of a never-really-purified compound
4 – Imaging, AFM, TEM
That’s the easiest part. Just pick up the phone from your pocket and start making random pictures, they will come handy when writing the supporting information:
AFM of a functionalized surface. It’s clear that the roughness is more than acceptable (less than few nanometers)
AFM of nanoparticles on the same surface. The nanoparticles are spherical but they look distorted because of artifacts.
TEM of fibers (Uranyl Acetate staining)
“if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” -
“If there is a fraud in the supplementary information and no one is around to read it, is it still a fraud?”
I guess that we all should thank Chembark for bringing those weird literature cases to the light.