Open Access journals in other disciplines are starting to provide value-add services beyond static PDFs or cross-referencing with other papers. One such example discussed in the article below is a feature called figshare now being used in the F1000 OpenAccess journal in biology and medicine.
Figshare embeds not only a figure in the article, but also the associated data used to make the figure, even raw data sets. They highlight that all “figures” are citable, sharable, and discoverable. Each object has its own DOI and is cross-linked from the PDF to the figshare repository and back again.
Is this the way of the future for Astronomy journals as well?