Kategoriarkiv: Elektronisk forskningspublisering

Reveiw of «Heterotopic spaces online»

Galin, Jeffrey R. and Joan Latchaw. «Heterotopic spaces online: A new paradigm for academic scholarship and publication». Kairos 3.1 (1998) < http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/3.1/binder2.html?coverweb/galin/index.htm> 30 January 2014.

Galin and Latchaw have explored electonic networked alternatives to the print model of academic publishing. The paper falls in three main parts, which are presented in a linear structure using buttons marked «back» and «forward.» First they discuss the working of archives in the view of Foucault’s metaphor of heterotopia. Then they describe and discuss five different online repositories of research articles, before the last section draws up four possible solutions for the future. Les videre

Review of «Fanning the Flames»

Walker, Janice R. «Fanning the flames: Tenure and promotion and other role-playing games.» Kairos 2.1 (1997). < http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/2.1/binder2.html?coverweb/walker/intro.html> 24 January 2014

What first strikes me is that this article is old. Ancient in Web chronology. As the article has a long row of «@»s below the title, I assume it is an indication of the original window width, so I adjust my browser accordingly.

Walker argues in a rhizomatic hypertext that electronic work should be valued in its own terms in tenure reviews — a recurring topic in Kairos. The text is strewn with links, and the author stresses that she wants  user to get lost in the hypertext. Les videre

Psychology paper of the future

Warker, Jill A.; Ye Xu; Gary S. Dell; and Cynthia Fisher. «Speech errors reflect the phonotactic constraints in recently spoken syllables, but not in recently heard syllables». Cognition 112.1 (2009). 81-96. Article of the Future version <http://articleofthefuture.com/S0010027709000730/> 24 January 2014.

This reports on four experiments in learning to speak foreign syllables, testing for whether hearing and speaking influences each other. In terms of new features, this article is the least developed in the Article of the Future collection, and I expect it is one of the earliest prototypes.

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Language psychology of the future

Langus, Alan and Marina Nespor. «Cognitive systems struggling for word order.» Cognitive Psychology 60.4 (2010). 291-318. Article of the future version. <http://articleofthefuture.com/S0010028510000058/> 23 January 2014

This paper reports on four experiments with Italian and Turkish speakers, trying to establish where in a sentence it is natural to put the verb. It opens with a very clear Research highlights section, but it also includes a composite image that is nothing but decoration. Three-quarters of the image is a montage of people talking, the last quarter is a intelligible reproduction of five charts. Les videre

Microfossils of the future

Chen, Jun-Yan et.al. «Phase contrast synchrotron X-ray microtomography of Ediacaran (Doushantuo) metazoan microfossils: Phylogenetic diversity and evolutionary implications». Precambrian Research 173.1-4 (2009). 191-200. Article of the Future version <http://articleofthefuture.com/S0301926809000953/>. 22 January 2014.

While this paleontology article shares many of the methods with, for example, materials science, its writing style is markedly different. The papers I have read from experimental sciences just report on measurements in advanced experiments. This paper reports on an experiment that used x-ray microtomography equipment and chemical solutions, but there is a lot more interpretation and argument here. Les videre

Carbon tube manufacturing of the future

Koós, Antal, et.al. «Comparison of structural changes in nitrogen and boron-doped multi-walled carbon nanotubes.» Carbon 48.11 (2010). 3033-41. Article of the Future version <http://articleofthefuture.com/S0008622310002770/> 22 January 2014.

The research highlights have hyperlinks to an experimental flowchart and three graphs. The sum of this is a very compact and quick way of surveying the main results. To my untrained eye, it seems even faster than reading an abstract. Les videre

Review: Electrode potentials in alkali metals (Article of the Future)

Wibowo, Rahmat; Leigh Aldous; Sarah E. Ward Jones and Richard G. Compton. «The electrode potentials of the Group I alkali metals in the ionic liquid N-butyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide». Chemical Physics Letters 492.4-6 (2010). 276-80. Article of the Future version. <http://articleofthefuture.com/S0009261410006160/>

The authors of this article have measured the electrode potentions of five of the Group I alkali metals in a certain solution, and compared the results to a simulation equation.

All the features in this «future» version have been discussed before:

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Bioelectronic article of the future

Liu, Ying, et.al. «Improvement of the anodic bioelectrocatalytic activity of mixed culture biofilms by a simple consecutive electrochemical selection procedure.» Biosensors and Bioelectronics 24.1 (2008). 1006-11. Article of the Future version. <www.articleofthefuture.com/S0956566308004417/>

Ying et.al. have developed a novel method for growing electrically active biofilms from wastewater, biofilms which can be used in fuel cells.

The introduction sums up quite a few earlier works, and paints a thorough picture of the state of current research. It then ends in a paragraph that promises great results, sounding almost like a salesman’s praise for his products:

[…]We show that the selection and biofilm acclimatization procedure can be simplified by using a consecutive, purely electrochemical selection process, by which, starting from a primary, wastewater based mixed culture biofilm, an efficient electroactive biofilm with superior performance can be established within a considerably reduced period of time and with low experimental efforts. […]

The methodology section is very detailed, with supplier and trading name for every chemical and piece of machinery used in the complex experiments.

Elsevier’s Article of the Future designers have put their effort into creating six interactive statistical charts for this article. In the first, rolling over a data point will yield the value on the x and y-axes. Hardly a revolutionary innovation, as the numbers could be printed on the chart. In some other charts, the user can choose the scale on the axes, and yet others change the colours of series (called «showing just one series») in the chart.

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Information on chemical compounds mentioned in the article can be looked up in the right sidebar by hyperlinks, as can two photos of the experimental setup.

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Equations are numbered in the article, but not linked to the sidebar in the way they were in the math articles.

As this article frequently references figures printed early in the article, it is very convenient for the reader to be able to call them up in the right sidebar.

Malaria research article of the future

Djogbénou, Luc, et.al. «Malaria vectors in the Republic of Benin: Distribution of species and molecular forms of the Anopheles gambiae complex. Acta Tropica 114.2 (2010). 116-122. Article of the Future version. <http://www.articleofthefuture.com/S0001706X1000029X/>. 21  January 2014.

Research highlights in the form of six bullet points and a graph.
Djogbénou and his colleagues have sampled more than 2000 malaria moskitos from 30 sites in Benin, and used microscopic and molecular techniques to determine their species and DNA variation. While the article is rather short (7 pages in print), the research task is large. The main results are given in the form of a table. This follows the IMRaD structure with a relatively long Discussion section.

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Epidemology article of the future

Mulvenna, Jason, et.al. «Exposed proteins of the Schistosoma japonicum tegument.» International Journal for Parasitology 40.5 (2010). Article of the future version. <http://www.articleofthefuture.com/S0020751909003920/> 20 January, 2014.

Mulvenna and his colleagues have investigated the proteins in the skin of a tiny worm that can live inside the human body and causes illness and death in thousands of people every year. This is experimental science, and the article follows the IMRAD structure.

As with many Articles of the Future, there is a research highlights section before the abstract, and the layout and features are largely the same as in the other expermiental articles. Two features stand out in this article: Experiment flowcharts and links to a protein database. Les videre