"Why can't researchers, instead of waiting anywhere up to three years for their papers to jump all the hurdles, be part of a real-time market place?"

Here's an interesting article from the Guardian about ways you can share research findings/articles by serendipitous search rather than tedious trawling through citations: How Last.fm inspired a scientific breakthrough "I first saw Mendeley pitch two weeks ago - now it is on the way to changing the face of science" says Victor Keegan.

Well worth a read.