ldow at biosys.UUCP
Wed Oct 3 18:08:33 EST 1990
Bob.Gross at MAC.DARTMOUTH.EDU writes:
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>* If hypermedia links could be implemented, it should be possible to
>have references in the text of the paper actually link to the
>referenced paper itself. Clicking the reference in the text of the
>paper with a mouse wouldthen open another window containing the
>referenced paper. Obviously, this will take many years and many
>electronic publications to become at all feasible,but it might be an
>important long range goal.
>* Again, utilizing hypermedia techniques, it would be interesting to
>allow some (refereed) comments to be attached to the published
>paper. These comments or notes could be accessed as in the last
>point with a mouse. For example, I might attach a comment to text
>in the paper suggesting an alternative interpretation of the data;
>the authors of the paper may attach new data at a later date that
>relates to the original paper (or at least attach a pointer to a newer
>paper). Thus the original publication can be considered
>dynamic. The old data always will be there, but will be put in the
>context of more recent information and will benefit :) from
>comments of knowledgeable readers.
Well, what the above says to me is that electronically published
papers might also be linked to the databases. or possibly included in
the databases. For example, would the sequence and the features of
the sequence ( in a DNA sequencing paper) really need to be included
in the papers or could they exist as a pointer to a location in
GenBank? This could help to solve the problem concerning
researchers submissions of published sequences to GenBank.
>* The previous point raises the question of what constitutes a paper
>and therefore what constitutes authorship. If I attach to a
>published paper a 4 page comment that contains experimental data
>and interpretive text, do I get "credit" for a publication? Should the
>original authors be co-authors on the added "comment"? etc.
I would not be too concerned with the authorship problem if all of
this was contained inside a database. I could envision an electronic
journal existing initially as a separate entitiy. As newer 'volumes' are
'published' the older ones would be included in a database . This
woudl be the obvious place to add on the comment updates etc. That
way there would be different forums for the initial publication and
the subsequent, ah shall we say......'comments' 8-) 8-) .. So when
the 'comments become too extensive they could be published in a
different format, in an original electronic journal.
Would any of the GenBank people like to comment on the feasibility
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