Brevity is the soul of scientific publishing

http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/scientific-journal-publishes-brief-papers-200-words-or-less

I endorse this. If you can’t condense it, is it science? [cough liberal arts cough]

“There is intellectual capital locked up in the heads of scientists rather than circulating in the scientific community … people often get similar ideas around about the same time, frantically work on it for quite a long time, put a lot of resources into it, without even necessarily knowing if there are other people doing the exact same thing.”

The premise behind his site is for scientists to be able to quickly publish something akin to a hypothesis on their research (in 200 words or less). This would enable other scientists, who may be working on the same project, to connect — it’s like a social network for research. It could also help settle any disputes on the “whose idea it was first” debate.