My admiration for BMC Bioinformatics knows no bounds:
From the abstract:
Although the Internet has revolutionized the way our society thinks about information, the traditional text-based framework of the scientific article remains largely unchanged.
To truly integrate scientific information we must modernize academic publishing to exploit the power of the Internet.
And later in the article:
Scientific contribution should not be measured solely by journal publications.
They also mention the role of funding agencies in promoting publication avenues other than the traditional journal article. I’ve come to think that a lot of the fault in academia lies with funding agencies. In Australia for instance, the journal article is the sole currency of any worth when it comes to applying for grants or seeking permanent positions. The agencies set the rules, what can the researchers do but follow them if they want to succeed?
I spent much of the past week feeling depressed about how slowly internet innovation trickles into the academic consciousness. This article cheered me considerably.