Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

“Also… diese Messung in dem Paper. Die haben einen Abfall des Potentials auf einer Länge von 2µm in der Elektrode.”

“Naja, das wird ‘ne Raumladungszone sein.”

“Im Metall?”


-> Schallendes Gelächter

Mist, schon wieder ein Witz, der uns im Büro wahnsinnig erheitert hat, den aber nur ein verschwindet kleiner Bruchteil der Menschenheit verstehen würde. Akuter Nerd-Alarm.

“unpublished” is not “presented”!

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Methods for synthesis, along with a complete chemical characterization of these materials are presented elsewhere[9].


[9] B. E. Koene, D. E. Loy, M. E. Thompson, unpublished.

Source: Adv. Mater. 10, 1108 (1998).

Erfrischend ehrlich

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Fig. 3 shows the smoothest rather than a typical current versus voltage characteristic.

Aus D. Braun et al., Synthetic Metals 66 (1994) 75.

“accepted for publication”

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Ha, reviewer #1, eat this:

Reviewer #2 Evaluations:
RECOMMENDATION: Publish (…) as is
Paper Interesting: Yes
Original Paper: Yes
Sufficient Physics: Yes
Well Organized: Yes
Clear and Error Free: Yes
Conclusions Supported: Yes
Appropriate Title: Yes
Good Abstract: Yes
Satisfactory English: Yes
Adequate References: Yes
Clear Figures: Yes

I rest my case. :-)

Protected: Bin *ich* blöd?

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

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Thursday, November 8th, 2007

A measurement from “the Philips group (Ref. 12) gave a 35% reduction in the intensity” of some infrared (IR) mode.

Was erwartet der nach harten Jahren immer noch viel zu naive Wissenschaftler in Referenz 12 zu finden? Eine Messung, ihre Auswertung und die Angabe der 35% für die entsprechenden IR-Mode.

Und was davon findet er in Referenz 12? Die Messung…

(Ausschnitt aus SPIE3476,250(1998). Die obige Aussage bezieht sich auf den Vergleich zwischen 0hrs und 192hrs)

…und die qualitative Aussage “shows a decrease of the trans vinylene stretching mode at 960cm^(-1 ).” Mehr nicht.

Naja. “(Ref. 12) gave a 35% reduction in the intensity” klingt halt besser und respekteinflössender als “from a plot in Ref. 12 we roughly estimate that the intensity decereases to one third of its initial value.”

Harvard Laws

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Apparantly, the following three, very wise observations circulate as Harvard Law I-III:

  1. Under the most rigourously controlled conditions of pressure, temperature, volume, humidity, and other variables, the sample will do as it damn well pleases.
  2. A couple hours in the library can frequently be saved by a few months in the lab.
  3. To figure out how long a project is going to take, make a reasonable estimate, multiply by ten and switch to the next higher time unit.

So true.

Dreistigkeit… gewinnt nicht immer

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Warum mache ich mir eigentlich die Mühe, für mehr als eine Veröffentlichung auch mehr als eine neue Erkenntnis zu erlangen?

So kommt man auch auf eine hohe Anzahl von Veröffentlichungen: (Man achte auf die “verschiedenen” Titel!) (more…)

The reviewer raises an interesting concern. However…

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Dear Editor,

We would like to answer to the concerns raised by the reviewer regarding our submitted manuscript. According to the review no new finding has been picked up from the experimental data. We can by no means share this assessment.

[Explanation why.]

Therefore we dissent the rejection of our manuscript on the basis of the reviewers concerns. Since we nevertheless respect the perception of the reviewer, we enclose a revision of our manuscript that allows an even easier recognition of the new findings that have indeed been picked up in our work.

Okay, okay, den letzten Absatz kann ich so nicht stehen lassen… ;-)

Natürlich gibt es auch zu diesem Thema einen passenden PHD-Comic.


Color online

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Extra care should be taken when copying figures into your soon-to-be-submitted manuscript.
Is the data presented in the right way? Are the labels legible? Is the resolution high enough? Is the spell checker disabled?

Spell check in APL

Clipping from Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 132108 (2006).