Tomorrow's Citations

J. WILLIAMS, Ph.D. | BIO | UPDATED date

Analysis of existing citation styles has motivated the design, from the ground up, of a convenient architecture for online citations and references that

The Tomorrow's Citations style includes a new "links" element that supports connections to arbitrary Internet objects. The links are of two kinds: direct links to the full text of the referenced content and connecting links to related information, for example, an abstract, preview, or critique.

The Tomorrow's Citations architecture provides two different document views — one for authors and one for readers. There is a real-time transformation that converts the author's view into the corresponding reader's view. This transformation sorts the references and provides each in-text citation with a mouseover note that displays its corresponding reference. It also provides favicons that are automatically taken from the referenced content.

Examples of the new styles are presented in Tomorrow's Citations: Examples. Here is a labeled screenshot of a subsidiary reference in the form of a mouseover note. Notice that the note begins with the title of the reference's corresponding root parent reference:

The architecture is presented in Tomorrow's Citations: Preliminary Guide for Content Creators. The underlying research is presented in Tomorrow's Citations: Architecture Development. Its conclusion identifies crucial differences between traditional citation styles and Tomorrow's Citation Architecture.

All three documents are self-illustrating. The reader sees not the author's view in which these documents are maintained but the corresponding transformed reader's view produced by the real-time transformation algorithm.

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