The web as journal

Pedro presents a very nice study in which he creates a “virtual journal” using Connotea tags and analyses citations. It demonstrates that we can analyse the quality of scientific content in ways other than the traditional emphasis on impact factors and citations for single journals.

The traditional approach to assessing research “worth” and use of that approach in funding decisions is probably the aspect of academic research that I hate the most. We are all forced to pretend that we believe in a lie perpetuated by grant agencies and publishing companies – and living a lie is not what scientists are about. Let’s hope that the Web continues to provide new and challenging ways of providing content until even stodgy science traditionalists are forced to take notice.