Journal of Brief Ideas
David Harris and Steven Kryskalla
Science Hack Day SF 2013
The quantum of publishable research is too
Perhaps five years from concept to publication
Lots of information doesn’t have a publication
home (small results, negative/null results,
Too much science is tied up in people’s heads for
How can we make science more efficient?
More rapid, more open, briefer communication
An open access Journal of Brief Ideas (CC-BY)
Each idea limited to 200 words/one figure
Each idea has a DOI and permanence, so is
citable and attributable
Not peer-reviewed but post-publication rated
Like papers used to be 100 years ago!
Build the functionality of a journal on top of the
figshare platform, which provides permanence
and DOIs. They have an API through which to
A minimal model involves submission, citation,
Big issue: Discoverability
Discoverability: How do you find good ideas
among all the ideas in the journal?
Multi-prong approach: Rating system, reputation
system, recommendation engine
Watch for more!
Journal of Brief Ideas concept. David Harris. figshare.
Journal of Brief Ideas platform. David Harris. figshare.