The new discipline-specific, three-pane article design sets a new standard for both the presentation and the content of the scientific article. The prototypes, available in seven disciplines, are based on feedback from researchers with whom Elsevier cooperated throughout the development of the Article of the Future format. The improved format will begin to be applied to SciVerse ScienceDirect towards the end of 2011.
“Based on the feedback that we’ve received from users during the test phase, I’m delighted to be able to say the new format is an enormous improvement,” said IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Vice President Content Innovation. “The redesigned article page has three panes side by side, and what is contained in each pane will differ depending on the subject matter. The middle pane integrates the full text with new and interactive content, the left one displays a table of contents for easy navigation, and the right pane contains more applications and discipline-specific tools. This design allows authors to add their own discipline-specific and rich content such as interactive plots, chemical compounds, or interactive maps. And while adding new valuable content elements, we also wanted the articles’ readability to be perfect, all in a format that is very intuitive to researchers.”