New ways of scientific publishing and accessing human knowledge inspired by transdisciplinary approaches

I. C. Gebeshuber, Burhanuddin Yeop Majlis

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Inspired by interdisciplinary work touching biology and microtribology, the authors propose a new, dynamic way of publishing research results, the establishment of a tree of knowledge and the localisation of scientific articles on this tree. The current two-dimensional standard of scientific publications is outdated. Over-information in almost any field is a problem. Therefore, it is suggested that, to succeed and be read, modern publications should be dynamic and use all types of multimedia. Such ways of presenting and managing research results would be accessible by people with different kinds of backgrounds and levels of education, and allow for full use of the ever-increasing number of scientific and technical publications. This approach would dramatically change and revolutionise the way we are doing science, and contribute to overcoming the three gaps between the world of ideas, inventors, innovators and investors as introduced by Gebeshuber, Gruber and Drack in 2009 for accelerated scientific and technological breakthroughs to improve the human condition. Inspiration for the development of above methods was the fact that generally tribologists and biologists do not see many overlaps of their professions. However, both deal with materials, structures and processes. Tribology is omnipresent in biology and many biological systems have impressive tribological properties. Tribologists can therefore get valuable input and inspiration from living systems. The aim of biomimetics is knowledge transfer from biology to technology and successful biomimetics in tribology needs collaboration between biologists and tribologists. Literature search shows that the number of papers regarding biotribology is steadily increasing. However, at the moment, most scientific papers of the other respective field are hard to access and hard to understand, in terms of concepts and specific wording, hindering successful collaboration and resulting in long times that are needed to speak and understand the other's language. For example, there is a plenitude of biology papers that deal with friction, adhesion, wear and lubrication that were written solely for a biology readership and that have high potential to serve as inspiration for tribology if they were available in a language or in an environment accessible for tribologists. The three needs that can be identified regarding successful biomimetics for microtribologists (i.e. joint language, joint way of publishing results, and joint seminars, workshops and conferences) are developed further into a general concept concerning the future of scientific publications and ordering as well as accessing the knowledge of our time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-151
Number of pages8
JournalTribology - Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010

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Technical presentations
Biological systems
Lubrication
Adhesion
Education
Wear of materials
Friction

Keywords

  • Biomimetics
  • Biotribology
  • Organising knowledge
  • Publications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)

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New ways of scientific publishing and accessing human knowledge inspired by transdisciplinary approaches. / Gebeshuber, I. C.; Yeop Majlis, Burhanuddin.

In: Tribology - Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, Vol. 4, No. 3, 01.09.2010, p. 144-151.

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