ePlasty: Vol. 19
EDITORIAL
Plastibytes
Stephen Milner, MD, BDS, DSc, FRCSE, FACS

Editor In Chief, ePlasty

A novel format for the publication of scientific data

THE PROBLEM

Scientific journal articles tend to be comprehensive and written to allow experts in the field to reproduce the results of a study. This format of content delivery may make it difficult for the non-expert reader to distill the essence of the work and, for those with a deep understanding of the subject matter, the density of the research paper does not necessarily promote an efficient use of time.

The structure of a journal article is derived from its “heritage”. Traditionally, editors placed significant limits on number of words that could be included in an article and there was a strict hierarchy on how content was to be presetned.1,2 Even today, journal articles are written as a linear presentation that often excludes video, audio, three-dimensional illustrations and interactive exercises, all content that would serve to expand a reader's understanding of the subject (Figure 1).




Figure 1. Traditional linear format of journal article.