figshare and F1000 research shake up traditional academic publishing format
July 16, 2012
Last week we announced that research data platform figshare would be partnering with F1000 research to bring integrated research articles with the appropriate associated data files. The first articles have gone live on the F1000 Research site today and illustrate how the future of scholarly publishing is changing and how figshare is offering the tools to help publishers move forward to accommodate these changes.
One of the articles published today contains over 10GB of raw data files within the article, freely available to anybody to peruse in the browser and download should they wish. One of the widgets contains 1474 files. This is what science looks like now, it is not 6 static images in a pdf. As research outputs grow in size and number, academic publishers need to adapt in order to transform the research outputs so that they can be disseminated in this traditional manner.
Of note, the author of this paper, Manuel Corpas, has a figshare account to which these objects can be linked. This means that all the metrics associated with this research data is aggregated on his account and he gets the associated credit for all of his research outputs.
These embeddable widgets allow publishers to disseminate research outputs in a much more granular form, with all objects citable with a DOI. All objects are available on figshare with enhanced linking back to the original full article on F1000 Research. This aids discoverability of both the individual research objects as well as driving traffic to the full story on F1000 Research.
figshare will be using this model to help other publishers move forward in accommodating the needs of researchers and funders. The embeddable widgets will be available to individual figshare users soon.