It can be fascinating to talk to an author about their research. Now you can hear authors beyond just the journal article. Journal publishers and platforms are adding to the journal article. Take a look at this article and its’ accompanying “Watch what authors say about their articles” video:
Michael B. Green, Stephen D. Miller, Pierre Vanhove, Small representations, string instantons, and Fourier modes of Eisenstein series, Journal of Number Theory, Volume 146, January 2015, Pages 187-309, ISSN 0022-314X, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jnt.2013.05.018. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022314X13002424)
Other articles are including all the alt-metrics or bibliometrics, which include links to news articles or tweets or number of times downloaded, as these can be early indications about important research. See these two examples:
Frances Aboud, Nafisa Lira Huq, Charles P. Larson, Livia Ottisova, An assessment of community readiness for HIV/AIDS preventive interventions in rural Bangladesh, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 70, Issue 3, February 2010, Pages 360-367, ISSN 0277-9536, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.10.011. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S027795360900687X)
Ibraheem Alhashim, Kai Xu, Yixin Zhuang, Junjie Cao, Patricio Simari, and Hao Zhang. 2015. Deformation-driven topology-varying 3D shape correspondence. ACM Trans. Graph. 34, 6, Article 236 (October 2015), 13 pages. DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2816795.2818088
Authors are providing their data sets as supplemental materials:
Guler, N., Fersch, R. G., Kuhn, S. E., Bosted, P., Griffioen, K. A., Keith, C., … & Gevorgyan, N. (2015). Precise determination of the deuteron spin structure at low to moderate Q 2 with CLAS. Phys. Rev. C 92.
Research is being published in new and exciting ways and changing the way we read, listen, watch and digest journal articles.