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The feasibility of modular articles

Concentrating on a demand that is particular to the author, the modular article has to be feasible, we examine whether it is possible and practical to write modular articles. Since we have not written new modular articles, but recreated modular articles from linear ones, we evaluate the modularisation process, rather than the actual writing process. Therefore, the difficulties that we encountered are not necessarily inherent to the modular model, as they may be due to translation problems, or even to flaws in the original article.  

For a modular article to be feasible, writing it has to be straightforward: it should be clear to the author how the information has to be organised. We discuss whether it was easy to identify in the original article the different types of information to be represented in the different modules. When this identification is easy, it will probably also be easy for an author to identify these types of information directly in the research process, and to group similar types of information in modules. In particular, we investigate to what extent the representation of the information could simply be copied from the sections in the original versions to the corresponding modules in the modular versions. Moreover, we discuss whether the relations that are to be expressed in hyperlinks could easily be identified.

For a modular article to be feasible, writing it should also be efficient: the author should not be forced to write more than is necessary for meeting the readers requirements. We examine this efficiency in a discussion on the size of the modular versions of the articles, as compared with the size of the original versions.



 
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