Archaic ways of publishing research

It just seems strange that the way research is communicated to the world hasn’t changed much since a long time. Even today, the primary way that research is communicated is through articles(primarily text with images sprinkled here and there) published in journals/conferences.

Isn’t this very old fashioned given the fact that we have very high quality video recording capabilities available just at our fingertips? I was reading the paper ‘Rectangles are Non-negative Juntas’ and was struggling to understand a lot of things in the paper and luckily, I found a link to some slides made by one of the authors which were available on his homepage. This graphic representation certainly helped me get a better understanding of the paper. What I don’t understand is why we don’t have such slides for most, if not all papers published? In fact, I think every paper published should have a video available on youtube by one of the authors trying to explain about the paper.

Learning from Social Media:

I think there are some interesting things scientific researchers can learn from social media trends. Facebook posts and Quora answers with photos generally go on to reach far more people than those without photos. Similarly, I think papers which have associated videos or slides reach far more people than those without.

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