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ACS Chem Biol. 2018 Mar 16;13(3):496-499. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.8b00153.

Augmented Reality in Scientific Publications-Taking the Visualization of 3D Structures to the Next Level.

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Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology , TU Dortmund University , Otto-Hahn-Strasse 4a , D-44227 Dortmund , Germany.


The examination of three-dimensional structural models in scientific publications allows the reader to validate or invalidate conclusions drawn by the authors. However, either due to a (temporary) lack of access to proper visualization software or a lack of proficiency, this information is not necessarily available to every reader. As the digital revolution is quickly progressing, technologies have become widely available that overcome the limitations and offer to all the opportunity to appreciate models not only in 2D, but also in 3D. Additionally, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets allow access to this information almost anywhere, at any time. Since access to such information has only recently become standard practice, we want to outline straightforward ways to incorporate 3D models in augmented reality into scientific publications, books, posters, and presentations and suggest that this should become general practice.


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