Title: Microblogs will not become a source of scientific knowledge
The hypothesis that scientific knowledge can grow out of clearly-written ideas capsuled in 200 words with no antecedents, no references, no methods, and no results, is contradictory with the notion of science itself and therefore does not need to be refuted. However, the profusion of microblogging social networks that may be tempted to introduce DOI's as a way to make their tweets and posts citable, threatens to blur the boundaries with other sources of knowledge. Here, I expose the following brief ideas: 1) that any useful contribution to discern ideas that work from ideas that don't, will need, also in the future, enough words to describe how those ideas were tested; 2) that the routine activity of both scientists and non-scientists will tend to keep discerning the systematic, reproducible studies from bar conversations, online forums, and magically-revealed knowledge; and 3) that consequently the present brief, unreferenced publication will get no credit, even if it turns out to be the first to correctly predict the fail of short unreferenced notes as a source of scientific knowledge. And yet, my last 20 available words call for further transgressive ideas for this field, scientific publishing, that will be hardly recognisable in a decade.
Sadly enough, the editors have not accepted this 'article' for their 'beta journal', on the basis of a lack of a scientific advance in the field.
@danigeos It was more of an opinion piece than something that advances the state of research in a field, as required by our guidelines.— Journal Brief Ideas (@BriefJournal) February 27, 2015