Education And Debate

It could fulfil our dreams

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 20 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1695
  1. Faith McLellan (, director, manuscript and grant preparation servicea
  1. a Department of Anesthesiology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555-0830, USA

This holiday season I'm dreaming … of an online scientific paper that is flexible, accessible, and exceptionally friendly for its diverse users. Like most dreams, this one takes no account of cost, technical feasibility, or any of the other headaches of publishers and proprietors. It does acknowledge that authors may already feel overburdened with publication tasks and that readers may be overwhelmed by enormous amounts of information. So despite the virtually limitless terrain of cyberspace, my online paper of the future is still marked by a core IMRAD [introduction, methods, results, and discussion] or other conventional structure, economy of expression, judicious presentation of …

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