Friday, March 21, 2008

The structured abstract experiment at FEBS letters

The journal "FEBS letters" is starting a publishing experiment on structured abstracts. As described in the editorial the experiment is aimed at:
"integrating each manuscript with a structured summary precisely reporting, with database identifiers and predefined controlled vocabularies, the protein interactions reported in the manuscript."

The experiment will be a collaboration between FEBS letters and the interaction database MINT, it has started in the beginning of this year and it will last 6 months. It will try to evaluate the necessary tools and the authors's "degree of interest (and competence) to invest" in this annotation process.

It will be very interesting to see the results of this experiment to see if authors are willing to do this extra bit of work and how much this might facilitate the annotation efforts.