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News Releases » Elsevier announces the ‘Article of the Future’ -
News Releases » Elsevier announces the ‘Article of the Future’
A more rich value-added editorial process? Brilliant! ;-) - Mr. Gunn
Thanks, Alexey--fascinating. - Hope Leman
will this change the way authors conceptualize their contributions? - Claudia Koltzenburg
Finally! Moving to 'real' web papers. Maybe then the 'supplement' will be the printable version of it? - Björn Brembs
hm, why still want printable versions of " 'real' web papers"? - asks an open access journal editor... - Claudia Koltzenburg
Hopefully this is more than just corporate PR speak - Benjamin Tseng
why still call them 'papers' at all? - Claudia Koltzenburg
It's nice but it hardly seems ground-breaking. They've hyperlinked the references and divided the paper up into tabs, added a little bit of multimedia. But there is no marking up of terms of anything like that? Or am I missing something here. - Cameron Neylon
@Cameron: agreed. Quite disappointing. Nice graphics, but nothing they should not have done 10 years ago. Where are the semantics? Where's the open API? This is *not* the article of the future; this is the (web) article of the 20th century. :( - Egon Willighagen
Egon: agreed, absolutely. Question to the online-only journal community: Why is not even this your standard now? - Daniel Mietchen
A similar web paper was recently published in PLoS Comp Biol: and - Daniel Mietchen
Hey, c'mon guys, the first demo of hyperlinks was in 1968 (! Surely, 40 years is not too long for scientists to use it in their publications? Given that some publishers (yes, some Elsevier journals among them) still want paper copies and CDs with the files by snail mail, this is a huge leap! Remember, we've started publishing in paper journals only 400 years ago, we can't change that already! - Björn Brembs
@Claudia: because there may be times when you want to read scientific papers when you're lying in the sun on a hot tropical beach :-) - Björn Brembs
ditto need for printable versions still and also agree that this isn't that groundbreaking (albeit much prettier than what we currently have). Need to think how #AOTF (article of the future) can be used in new ways- need for primary data, need for ability to view data with accessible programs for others to manipulate, etc. - KMS
I agree with tim. I don't think links and tabs are something one can qualify as being from the future. However, it's good that an attempt is being made and giving way to this discussion. - Ricardo Vidal
From a readability standpoint, I liked it. Easy to navigate, more user control of what is on the screen at any time -- if we're heading toward an all-digital reading future, then readability in addition to usability must be considered, too. I would add my two cents in with Daniel Mietchen -- why isn't this the current standard? What kind of work does it take to make the article like this? - Mickey Schafer
@Neil, I agree and you are right. However, stating it to be an article of the future is rather misleading. I was expecting something more innovative. I'd call it more of something like "alternate web articles" or something of the sorts. As I also said, it's great this is being done because it will most probably shape how articles are presented online "in the future" to come :-) - Ricardo Vidal
It is something of an overstatement to call this 'the article of the future', which implies some sort of revolutionary rupture. More like 'improvements to the article of today'. - Andrew Spong
I guess my major dissappointment is that fundamentally this kind of re-presentation should be trivial (aside from the additional visuals) if the back end representation of the article was done properly. In fact much more (including some semantic markup) should be trivial. As Neil says, its nice and its an improvement, but the fact that it is being trumpeted as a big thing is indicative of just how bad the infrastructure is. - Cameron Neylon
The disparity between the capabilities of an architecture designed to support a platform over a decade ago and the 'revolutionary' potential of what amounts to a pretty reskinning is significant, although I can hear cries of 'damned if you do, damned if you don't'. Fair enough. However, what I will watch with interest is whether this is a sop of innovation to appease critics and promote the publisher's image as an innovator that may never be scaled up. As an adjacent example that came to my attention recently, cf. the demise of Elsevier's editorial book publishing tool WiserWiki to which reference was still being made at #Liber2009 although the site had already been taken down: - Andrew Spong
Yeah I'm also wondering at what point other journals will at least catch up with (for example) the RoySoc Chemistry in tagging a la Shotton. As stated then layout becomes less of an issue and in fact getting the full-blown webby loveliness or the linear paper-printable version (and I want that too) should just be a rendering. Incidentally, could the Talk Science @ BL thing be so significant as to affect the timing of this ;) - Chris from twhirl
And where is the drill down to the data? - Jim Hardy
I also somehow expected a "fundamentally different" way of presenting data / information / discussion. It is neat, though, and I agree that it is very readable on the screen. - Bronwen Dekker