Lens, an Open Source Tool to Make Reading Articles Online Easier Will Be Piloted By Six Additional Publishers on HighWire Platform
From Highwire Press:
Lens, an open-source tool introduced by eLife to make reading articles online easier, is being piloted in journals from six publishers on the HighWire platform.
The Journal of Biological Chemistry, The Plant Cell, Journal of Lipid Research, and mBio are among the journals introducing the Lens viewing experience to readers this fall. First introduced by eLife in 2013, Lens makes reading scientific articles on-screen easier by making it possible to explore figures, figure descriptions, references, and more – without losing your place in the article text.
Publishers taking part in the pilot currently include: American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), American Society for Microbiology (ASM), American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), and European Respiratory Society (ERS), all of which use the HighWire Open Platform to host their content. In the next several weeks, the American Physiological Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will join the pilot.
Building partnerships which help our publisher clients serve their readers more effectively is at the heart of the HighWire mission,” added John Sack, Founding Director of HighWire Press. “Early comments from readers indicate they prefer the Lens reading experience to using PDFs; image-intensive reading is much faster and improved.”
The pilot is expected to run for three months. If successful, the Lens viewer will be made available as an option to all publishers on the HighWire platform in 2015. eLife continues to explore potential uses and to develop the Lens code base
eLife Lens is available at http://lens.elifesciences.org.
Previews of Lens with Articles on Highwire Platform
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology:
- Journal of Lipid Research – www.jlr.org
- Molecular and Cellular Proteomics – www.mcponline.org
- Journal of Biological Chemistry – www.jbc.org
American Society for Microbiology:
- mBio® – mbio.asm.org
- Clinical Microbiology Reviews – cmr.asm.org
- Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy – aac.asm.org
American Society of Plant Biologists:
European Respiratory Society:
See Also: Article: “eLife Lens: A novel way of seeing content” (via ELifeScience)
Includes link to video demo.
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