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6.2.2 Technical requirements for implementation and testing

We have concentrated on the development of a modular model that is adequate given a theoretical interactants profile. As a test case, we have specified this model in terms of rules for writing modular articles on experimental molecular dynamics. Now that our modular model is available, the following two questions should be addressed in a representative user survey: how does the modular structure of articles affect the effectiveness and efficiency of scientific communication in practice, and do modular articles indeed meet the requirements of actual users?

The subjects of such a survey should be authors of real, new, modular articles and readers that are part of the target audience. Since the scientific community is under heavy pressure to publish in established  journals, tests in mature fields with a high visibility might not be easy. Perhaps the best environment for testing a modular model is in a new area of research in which the pressure to `publish or perish' is weaker. Another possibility is the patent literature: this literature is highly structured and compliant with various official rules. In this genre, efficiency is very important and, in addition, patents are assumed to be devoid of essayistic digressions.

For the user survey to be adequate, the users must have adequate tools and instructions at their disposal . The instructions we have given in appendix A (or similar instructions for another domain) must be further specified to guide the author in the actual presentation of the information.6.2 The implementation must satisfy the requirements formulated in the following description.




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