[open-science] Publication of In-Depth Content

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Tue Jan 20 22:45:30 UTC 2015

On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 10:03 PM, Florian Meier <florian.meier at koalo.de>

> Hi Stephanie and Mike,
> I have never heard about Supplementary Information in Computer Science,
> but that does not mean anything. The concept as explained by you seems to
> be exactly what I was thinking about (though, I have to imitate it somehow).
> It's very common in chemistry and often runs to over 200 pages.

> In my opinion this approach is still advantageous, even without page
> limits. Yes, a perfect researcher would be able to structure a single paper
> well enough, but in reality the probability is high that very specific
> implementation details are scattered throughout the text.
> A similar problem can be seen with standard documents (ISO, DIN, IEEE...).
> The nature of being a standard requires of course very specific details,
> but it is quite difficult to get the overall picture.
> Either way, the author should provide a clear distinction between content
> for "curious readers" and content only needed to actually implement it. If
> he puts the latter into a separate section, the appendix or the SI should
> not matter a lot.

An operational distinction made by some publishers is that the SI is
outside the paywall. This means we can read the experimental but not always
the arguments or conclusions.

> In my opinion, publishing material on a personal webpage should only be
> the last resort. The probability of loosing the content is far too high and
> there are so many good alternatives.
> Greetings,
> Florian
> On 01/20/2015 05:15 PM, Mike Taylor wrote:
>> For what it's worth: I think that Supplementary Information is stupid
>> in an online paper. The only reason for it is when it's too big to
>> print, but when length limits become irrelevant, so does the
>> distinction between the "main paper" and the SI.
Except for the paywall.

Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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