Neuroscience meeting, it seems that the full text and figures of all papers will
be online in a few years. The publication of 'fixed' papers is necessary with
paper journals. When articles are published online they could be subject to
comment and ongoing modification - all you would need is one evolving paper on
Actually, the more I think about it the more this seems like a good idea.
Currently, the number of peer-reviewed papers you publish is the major yardstick
used for assessing your career. This can lead to an overwhelming drive to
publish as much as possible, regardless of other factors (such as quality,
relevance of subject matter etc). If instead each person had a homepage with their
work continually available for scrutiny and review by everybody, they would be
forced to be a great deal more conscientious. Someone's homepage would then be a
much more telling CV than a simple list of publications.