Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The 5 Stars of Online Journal Articles

David Shotton, another participant in last summer's Dagstuhl workshop on Future of Research Communications, has an important article in D-Lib entitledThe Five Stars of Online Journal Articles — a Framework for Article Evaluation. By analogy with Tim Berners-Lee's Five Stars of Linked Open Data, David suggests assessing online articles against five criteria:
  • peer review
  • open access
  • enriched content
  • available datasets
  • machine-readable metadata
For each criterion, he provides a five-point scale. For example, the open access scale goes from 0 for no open access to 4 for Creative Commons licensing. The full article is well worth a read, especially for David's careful explanation of the impacts of each point on the scale of each criterion on the usefulness of the content.

The article concludes by applying the evaluation to a number of articles (including itself). In this spirit, here is my evaluation of our SOSP '03 paper:
  • peer review: 2 - Responsive peer review
  • open access: 1 - Self-archiving green/gratis open access
  • enriched content: 1 - Active Web links
  • available datasets: 1 - Supplementary information files available
  • machine-readable metadata: 1- Structural markup available

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mass-Market Scholarly Communication Revisted

The very first post to this blog in 2007 was entitled "Mass-Market Scholarly Communication". Its main point was:
Blogs are bringing the tools of scholarly communication to the mass market, and with the leverage the mass market gives the technology, may well overwhelm the traditional forms.
Now, Annotum: An open-source authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress is proving me a prophet.

It was developed based on experience with PLOS Currents, a rapid publishing journal hosted at Google. After a detailed review of the alternatives, the developers decided to implement Annotum as a WordPress theme providing the capabilities needed for journal publishing, such as multiple authors, strict adherence to JATS (the successor to the NLM DTD), tables, figures, equations, references and review. The leverage of mass-market publishing technology is considerable. The paper describing Annotum is well worth a read.