Congratulations to our old friend Steven Palter, MD who’s been working with Elsevier and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine to birth a “video article format” with all the rigor of peer-reviewed publications, indexing through PubMed, but with the open commentary of the web and accessibility of YouTube.
From Dr. Palter’s blog, Doc in the Machine:
The project began with my frustration at seeing medical research shoehorned into an an antiquated print system that precluded any leverage of the power of modern digital research and communication.
Online video and traditional print were previously two separate and unrelated worlds in scientific research. I was astounded when i saw online journals that described how traditional print research couldn’t allow multimedia content. It was obvious that we needed to find a mechanism to radically change medical research from within the system rather than try to build something new and reject a system used by all of scientific research.
The new mechanism allows videos to be cited the same way as a written article in a traditional print medical journal and seamlessly unifies online multimedia content and print journals. Researchers can watch footage of innovations and techniques and learn previously inaccessible information in new non-written formats while still being able to find this information through traditional medical print sources.
More from the ASRM…
Another Elsevier initiative, the Article of the Future, is demonstrated here…