It’s nice to see that at least some publishers recognize that the old rites in desseminating scientific knowledge are just not appropriate and up-to-date anymore.
So here is Elseviers approach: at articleofthefuture.com they published a couple of prototypes in different disciplines, the one that caught my attention is this one in the Mathematics and ComputerScience Section on “Supervised ranking in the weka environment” (also check out this previous post on machine learning).
It is an improvement, definitely. If this format is the future of articles remains to be seen, I am looking forward to some life-science related articles to appear. Any feedback on their webpage might lead to further improvements, seems they are actually ready to listen to user requests – whether this is motivated by a stroke of insight or by the pressure mounting from the increasing popularity of OpenAccess journals like PLoS – who knows?