Elsevier announces the ‘Article of the Future’July 20th, 2009
The ‘Article of the Future’ project is an ongoing collaboration between Elsevier and the scientific community to redefine how a scientific article is presented online.
The project takes full advantage of online capabilities, allowing readers individualized entry points and routes through content, while exploiting the latest advances in visualization techniques.
The first prototypes launch this week and key features include:
- A hierarchical presentation of text and figures – readers can elect to drill down through the layers based on their current task in the scientific workflow and their level of expertise and interest.
- Bulleted article highlights and graphical abstract – readers can quickly gain an understanding of the paper’s main message and navigate directly to specific sub-sections of the results and figures.
- The graphical abstract encourages browsing, promotes interdisciplinary scholarship and helps readers identify more quickly which papers are most relevant to their research interests.
Using content from two previously published Cell articles, the prototypes have been developed by the editorial, production and IT teams at Cell Press in collaboration with Elsevier’s User Centered Design group.
Elsevier and Cell Press are inviting feedback from the scientific community on the concepts at: http://beta.cell.com/
Successful ideas from this project will ultimately be rolled-out across Elsevier’s portfolio of 2,000 journals available on ScienceDirect.