Education And Debate

From snapshot to movie

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7123.1693 (Published 20 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1693
  1. Tony Delamothe (tdelamothe@bmj.com), deputy editora
  1. a BMJ, London WC1H 9JR

Within five years most readers and researchers will have understood that the scientific paper, despite its illustrious history, was merely a passing phase. Before the internet, papers were undoubtedly the best way to communicate the results of research to peers who weren't physically present A fixture in the academic landscape, the many limitations of papers were hardly noticed.

But the scientific paper never approximated even vaguely to real life; Medawar went as far as to call it a fraud. The world wide web will make honest men and women out of researchers: at last they …

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