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Elsevier Grand Challenge paper out

CB88EB6F-75CD-485D-8A3D-5F43D9EE2B37.jpgAt long last the peer-reviewed version of the paper "Enhanced display of scientific articles using extended metadata" (doi:10.1016/j.websem.2010.03.004), in which I describe my entry in the Elsevier Grand Challenge, has finally appeared in the journal Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web. The pre-print version of this paper has been online (hdl:10101/npre.2009.3173.1) for a year prior to appearance of the published version (24 April 2009 versus 3 April 2010), and the Challenge entry itself went online in December 2008. Unfortunately the published version has an awful typo in the title (that was in neither the manuscript nor the proofs).

Given this typo, the time lag between doing the work, writing the manuscript, and seeing it published, and the fact that I've already been to meetings where my invitation has been based the entry and the pre-print, I do wonder why on Earth would I bother with traditional publication (which is somewhat ironic, given the topic of the paper)?