"Elsevier Launches New Article of the Future Prototypes"
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.”
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.