David P. Argue, Karl J. Clark, Andrew M. Petzold, Stephen C. Ekker - Mayo Clinic
Scientific publications are becoming more imaging and multimedia intensive. Although the publication format for scientific research papers has transitioned from printed magazines and journals to digital formats in recent years, the widely used PDF digital format lacks imaging support for high-resolution images and multimedia. Papers in PDF format available on the Internet have dramatically increased the accessibility of scientific information. However, communication of complete research data is not being realized due to the technical limitations of the PDF format. Supplementary materials are untethered and often encompass more information than found in the primary document. We have created a simple, standard next-generation paper (NGP) digital format for reading and digitally archiving scientific research papers to offer better imaging, data sharing and an improved reading experience. Our recent SCORE Imaging (Petzold et al.) paper was submitted to our publisher using this format to take advantage of its superior technical capabilities.
To see a prototype of the NGP format user interface, go to: http://zfishbook.org/NGP/