SciVerse ScienceDirect Releases
On January 7, 2011 Elsevier launched several highly anticipated enhancements to its SciVerse platform.
What does this mean for users of SciVerse ScienceDirect?
Benefit from improved navigation and readability
In order to increase the value of the HTML version of the articles on SciVerse ScienceDirect for our users, we are working towards a complete redesign of the article page which will be rolled out in several phases.
The new article page will consist of three panes - left and middle panes now available. The left pane focuses on navigation options within the article while the middle pane features the actual article in a format much like the PDF version (which many users have told us they prefer). The right pane, due to be released from mid-2012, will aim to add more context to the content being viewed, offering users options for possible next steps within their workflow. Further improvements are coming in subsequent releases.
Fig 1. Overview of the three pane design, giving you an idea how the basic structure of the reconfigured article page is envisioned (subject to change).
In order to increase the amount of information on the screen at any given time, we’ve reduced the size of the SciVerse logo at the top of each page as well as removed the duplicated navigation bar that appeared near the bottom of the pages on SciVerse ScienceDirect.
Discover more books
MARC21 Records are now more easily available via the Elsevier Admin Tool. Librarians may order them online, based on their entitlements, enabling wider discoverability of book content via the library’s website.
Find relevant results faster and more easily
Users can benefit from a new, article-based publishing model for many of the journals which appear on SciVerse ScienceDirect (currently 280 journals but up to 400 journals by end 2011). This means that articles which have been accepted as final are now available online with their full citation details even though the journal volume and issue are not yet complete and are in fact “in progress”.
A pop-up window may offer researchers a list of related articles to which they subscribe which are based on shared keywords with the PDF article they have just viewed. This is in addition to the current Related Articles feature which covers both subscribed and non-subscribed content and can be accessed on the right hand side of the article’s HTML version. The functionality helps users discover more published researches in a topic area of interest.
Keep an eye out!
Elsevier continues to invest in SciVerse ScienceDirect and we are pleased to announce the recent completion of our new, modern content repository which has paved the way for many of the enhancements we’ve recently released and will allow for more exciting new tools and improvements to come in three released planned for 2012 (currently scheduled for March, July and November).
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