How Not to Organize a JournalSeptember 4th, 2010
ACS Publications…you are killing me.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters has a very…ummm…original way of organizing its content online. If you select an issue from the archive, the papers are sorted by subject rather than by page number. So, scrolling down the contents for April 2010 (vol. 1, pages 1020-1169), you sequentially encounter articles from pages 1288, 1020, 1160, 1107, and 1068. Huh?
I imagine most people access back issues of a journal in order to find a particular paper—as I did—and not to browse for pleasure. This predominance can only grow wider as the archive grows older. What is the purpose of making it hard for people to find a paper by its page number?
And if you’re going to do it this way, why even bother numbering the pages at all? I haven’t seen the hard copies of this journal, are its pages also not sequential? That would be interesting.
Or maybe this is how the next generation does things and I’m just getting old.