After having tested the overwhelming expansive force of LinkedIn and the curiosity and involvement of colleagues, researchers and entrepreneurs towards the new Neuro Gnathological Functions (NGF) paradigm, the Epochè society, on the recommendation of Dr. Frisardi Gianni, sensed that the cognitive processes of humans, with regard to progress in science amongst other things, are changing. (see also: The future of 'pure' medical science: the need for a new specialist professional research system) At the base of this change is a prioritising sense of intellectual freedom and editorial democracy in the scientific field, in the sense that the spread of one’s intuition, experience and culture does not necessarily have to pass through linked and predetermined channels. The progress of science continues in more diverse contexts today than ever before, and connections generated via professional social media confirm the Feyerabend hypothesis which asserts that scientific progress is essentially an anarchical process and does not recognise authority above itself, not even, of its own reason.
Launching a new scientific publishing model is important for these reasons; a model that can accelerate and completely turn around professional development while avoiding delays in editorial standards, acceptance and many other barriers common to the insiders. This new publishing model is not in opposition to standard models as that with high impact factors, open access or paid publishing models, but is a scientific publishing alternative in a context of generational change, with specific reference to the philosophy of science. For example:
The status of a scientific theory (H) may change when new evidence (E’) is added to the old one (E). This can be explicated by the notion of cognitive improvement of a theory H by new evidence E’:
ver(H/E) < ver(H/E&E’)
The initial evidence E for a hypothetical theory H may be weak, so that ver (H/E) is low, but new evidence E’ increases expected verisimilitude and thus gives reasons to claim that H is truthlike. This condition covers historical cases of anticipation where a good theory is first suggested without sufficient justification and only much later is shown to be acceptable as, e.g. Aristarchus on heliocentric system, Wegener on continental drift. ( see also: Scientific progress as increasing verisimilitude)
This new publishing model aims to give a voice to all human beings who are interested in science in a broad sense, and in particular neurophysiological disciplines applied to the masticationary function, while respecting the aforementioned objectives of intellectual freedom and editorial democracy. We will proceed, however, in an orderly manner, and describe the rationale for this project better.
A scientific process, first and foremost, follows the established and implemented guidelines in the history of scientific philosophy, from Husserl's Epochè to Popper and Lacatos, hence, the articles presented in this Pulse profile must conform to international scientific guidelines, comprehensive of statistics, references, etc. The only noticeable variation is in relation to the author's intellectual freedom in the judgment of the their articles. The latter will be not examined, filtered and judged by a scientific committee (referee), and will be published freely and democratically. At the end of the article the readers are asked to write a comment, and more importantly, to give an assessment of it with a value ranging from -1 to 1. The average will represent its publishing acceptance value from a broad population of scientists, doctors, researchers and practitioners who will read it, and if negative, the article will be cancelled. Articles will remain published until the readers will evaluate them, as well as the one with the mean value "zero"
A scientific paper is a work of art that draws out the deepest contents with regard to the insights and the aleatory intellectuality of the human being. This work of art should be widespread because has a beneficial impact on the medical profession and society contributing to a fast and dynamic progress of science, therefore, for the editorial democracy means that science (as a social culture) is an acquired right humanity and therefore should not be distributed against payment. Articles, therefore, should not be paid by anyone, much less by researchers.
The human system is a complex one that updates, adapts and repairs itself in the context of the space-time in which it exists. We have witnessed unique stories throughout humanity, for example, Galileo’s recant in the name of prejudices and consolidated ideologies, which caused an unspeakable delay in scientific progress. Certainly any initiative such as this, which pursues a profile of "Ethical Intelligence", will face scepticism and opposition as well as indifference from those who do not see any immediate economic return in the project. Nonetheless, this project was born thanks to Linkedin tools and the collaboration of friends, who together are building an ambitious opera that creates a medical encyclopaedia of mastication, called, precisely, "Masticationpedia", where scientists, educators, professionals and ordinary people can grow by doing growing.
How do you publish an article in Masticationpedia?
Publication follows the steps below:
1. To publish, you need to be enrolled in the group Neuro Gnathological Functions on Linkedin.
2. The author, a member of the group, can propose a draft of their own article quickly and simply: first, download a demo onto your PC or buy the full version of Endnote, choose any template such as "BMC Oral health" that it will permit of write and add the references automatically so the author will can submit, easly, his article. (Fig.1)
3. Once the authors have compiled the article, go to the list of group members, select Administrator (as shown in Fig. 2) and send a message with a word file attachment previously formatted according to Endnote procedures ( step 2). The administrator will check that the article matches the scientific topic indicated and will then publish it on Pulse. At the end of the calendar year, the authors of the article, will automatically become the moderators of the group by growing, in this way, the scientific community in the field of mastication.
4. The articles will be conceptually linked by creating a type of hypertext connection of terms found in the texts, so that the vertical knowledge, typical of current context,can be quickly and easily determined without losing the horizontal references typical of a medical internist culture. For example: in an article discussing bruxism where a correlation between this phenomenon and a central motorneural hyperexcitability is assumed, and as a consequence reference is made to orofacial dystonias and glutamate, all these terms will be incorporated into hyperlinks that over time will widen the topics of neurochemistry and neurophysiopathology via the contributions of other articles sent to the group.
5. The feature of Masticationpedia is its initial reference to the base article which focuses on general subjects regarding masticatory functions, entitled " The masticatory system - an overview" (next Post), recognisable by its header title: “Masticationpedia: The masticatory system - an overview” which will always be updated whenever a hypertext article is published. In this way, not only can the interested reader choose to continue reading topics in greater depth with hypertext articles, but readers who are approaching Masticationpedia for the first time can follow the linear editorial process.
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