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Organic Syntheses

Organic Syntheses  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Org. Synth.
Discipline Organic chemistry
Language English
Edited by Rick L. Danheiser
Publication details
Organic Syntheses, Inc., John Wiley & Sons
Publication history
Frequency Annual, articles posted online upon acceptance
ISSN 0078-6209
LCCN 21017747
OCLC no. Template:OCLC search link

Organic Syntheses is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that was established in 1921. It publishes detailed and checked procedures for the synthesis of organic compounds. A unique feature of the review process is that all of the data and experiments reported in an article must be successfully repeated in the laboratory of a member of the editorial board as a check for reproducibility prior to publication.[1][2] The journal is published by Organic Syntheses, Inc. An annual print version is published by John Wiley & Sons on behalf of Organic Syntheses, Inc.


Prior to World War I, work on synthetic organic chemistry in the United States had been quite limited, and most of the reagents used in laboratories had to be imported from Europe. When export stoppages and trade embargoes cut off this source, Clarence Derick, a professor of chemistry at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, began an effort to synthesize these needed chemicals in industrial quantities in a university laboratory with the help of a few graduate students. This work was performed during the summer break and came to be known as the "summer prep". Students who worked in the laboratory were paid and received credit.[3]

The basic procedures were often obtained from textbooks, and the procedures were sketchy. Reproducibility was important in summer preps, so students were required to keep meticulous record books. The procedures were finally collected and published for the first time in a four-pamphlet set called Organic Chemical Reagents, which quickly sold out. The publishers received submissions from other chemists, which spawned the idea for serial publication, and the first annual volume of Organic Syntheses was thus published in 1921. By then, chemists from other universities and industry were also contributing.[3]

One example of much needed chemicals were dyes for sensitizing photographic film. Research efforts in this field led to the foundation Eastman Kodak Organic Chemicals Division.[3]

The summer preps contributed to the war effort in World War II but were discontinued in 1950 because by then an infrastructure of chemical companies with their own research had been established.

In 1998 the Board of Directors placed the past and future volumes of Organic Syntheses on the Internet, with open access to all.

See also


  1. ^ "Information for Authors". Organic Syntheses. 
  2. ^ R. L. Danheiser (2011). "Organic Syntheses: The "Gold Standard" in Experimental Synthetic Organic Chemistry" (PDF). Org. Synth. 88: 1–3. doi:10.15227/orgsyn.088.0001. 
  3. ^ a b c Shriner, Rachel H. "History of Organic Syntheses". Organic Syntheses. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 

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