OpenWetWare:Information management/a model for novel publishing

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This idea stems from the OWW retreat where we discussed ideas for a novel publishing model

name ideas

  • Publet
  • micropub
  • minipub
  • pub
  • publication
  • publito
  • Semantic web about publications (SWAP)


Fast publication of research and ideas

  • A fast track for publishing of novel scientific findings
  • A common format for publications and comments and reviews on publications, so that findings published in one location can be reported and in another one.
  • Any comments made or reviews added would be stored centrally.
  • 3 years of work does not need to be saved up for one publication, large publications are welcome, as are reviews, but so are small publications that concentrate on answering one question.
  • Semantic web of publications about scientific knowledge
  • XML (Extensible Markup Language) implementation for sharing publication data and comments, like SBML (Systems Biology Markup Language)

Keeping abreast of current information

  • people can subscribe to feeds of keywords/tags
  • Web portals can spring up supporing and acting as editor for one particular field
  • Labs and PI's can post paper ID's for different papers of interest to their group
  • Each paper has a link to the public contributions

How the media industry runs:

I envisage that a future model of novel publication would be just like news stories are currently published. for example, companies and organisations issue press releases or news agencies like Associated Press (AP) or Reuters report news stories onto 'the wire'. Newspapers and other media outlets then pick up the stories and publish them. Newspaper editors and TV producers choose which stories and press releases are relevant and publish them. They also commision articles or stories to be written that they think will be of specific interest to their readers.

How the scientific publishing industry could run:

  • (press release) Authors submit their publications to a central database (or just publish it on a folder on their webserver and it is picked up by a webcrawler?)
  • (same as newspaper editors) Editors commision certain publications
  • (News agencies publish information) same as collaboratative publishing by a group of people, communities publishing together? conference proceedings?

Integration into existing publishing channels

  • Submit papers the same way to journals, get support of publishing houses to adopt the common format.
  • But, content of journal article will be open, so it can be republished in another format and the comments are in the public domain.

Integration into new publishing channels

  • e.g publish to OWW button on wiki's, blog's etc.

Specifications (fields)


Primary author(s)


other authors








Authors Keywords/tags



Alternative representations



Sub question

==Additional information



public contributions

  • PCiD



public keywords/tags

The role of editors

  • Editors maintain their role as publication aggregators, receiving feeds from (like an editor of a news
  • Editors could be assigned an ID, that packages their comments, ratings and keywords in the same format as

the public contributions, but if the editor publishes a publet in a journal or on a website then their

contributions appear at the top, or are given a higher priority than other comments.

  • Editors could commision certain articles

the role of public contributions

  • If a publet

Other ideas

Foreseen problems

  • How to retract a publication?
  • How to submit an adendum? (author contributions get higher priority)

How to decide on authorship


  • Set up a trial of this database with some example data to see how it might work
  • Allow a "publish this abstract to my wiki/blog/etc/ button"