In his Wikipedia presentation Transforming the Way we Publish Research, Dr. Daniel Mietchen (EvoMRI Communications, Jena) introduced a new approach for publishing scientific works. As most research activities occur in the digital realm, it is technically possible to integrate research and publishing workflows. This means that the research process – driven by the community – can be published and edited at the various steps of the research cycle, online and in real time: from the first research idea to the final publication. Subsequently, Dr. Mietchen defined the most important criteria for the journal of the future in detail: dynamics, scope, access, replicability, review, presentation, transparency, sustainability and flexibility. To provide free access to scientific knowledge, and permissions to re-use and re-purpose it, is a basic condition for creating a journal of the future. Existing examples prove that open access data of many small publishers is cited quite a lot, so their competitiveness is rising with this new form of publishing research.
Comment: that "open access data of many small publishers is cited quite a lot" refers to a ranking of publishers by citations of their DOI prefixes from the metadata pages of files on Wikimedia Commons (the media repository used by Wikipedia and its sister projects). That ranking is provided by the Wikipedia Cite-o-Meter (as of September 2011):