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Appendix A Guidelines for writing modular articles

The modular model for experimental sciences presented in chapter 4 defines the types of modules and links that are allowed in a modular scientific article. In order to apply the model to the creation of actual modular articles in a specific domain, we have to specify which particular modules and links are required in a modular article, which ones are allowed, and how these modules and links can be put together to form an adequate modular article.

In this appendix, the modular structure for the field of experimental molecular dynamics is specified in terms of generic guidelines for writing modular articles. These guidelines do not include instructions to authors on technical details, for instance, with respect to the style of the bibliography. Instead, we indicate, in the form of side-remarks, what kind of specifications the publisher of a particular modular journal should provide its prospective authors with. A procedure for the creation of modular articles in this domain is given in section A.1. Then, more specific guidelines are given for modules in section A.2 and for links in section A.3.

Formulating the guidelines, we assume that authoring tools facilitating the creation of a modular article are available. For example, the author should have at his disposal a template for the basic modular structure and in particular for the module Meta-information, as well as user-friendly software to generate certain links automatically7.1. In an electronic environment, the guidelines for a particular type of module can be presented in an entirely self-contained unit, to assist the author in his work. We also assume that the information given in chapter 4 is available to the prospective author of a modular article, so that we can concentrate on the domain-specific guidelines without repeating the general definitions.

Two electronic modular articles created following these guidelines are given in appendix C, and in chapter 5 the resulting modular articles are evaluated in the light of the interactants profile specified in section 5.1.2.



 

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