AIP Rolls Out New Abstract Page Design for SPIE Publications
Users enjoy greater interactivity and control with Web 2.0 functionality
Melville, NY, 7 July 2008 — The American Institute of Physics (AIP) announced today the release of a major redesign for one of its online publishing clients, the SPIE Digital Library. The new release consists of redesigned abstract pages hosted on AIP's Scitation® platform. Highlighting the new design are a number of Web 2.0 enhancements that offer users enhanced interactivity with SPIE's content, and greater latitude in utilizing the information provided.
AIP began incorporating similar redesigns to its own content in 2007. Due to positive reactions from its own users as well as from publishing clients on its Scitation platform, AIP has begun incorporating similar redesigns for other publishers on the platform.
The incorporation of Web 2.0 features allows bloggers to capture a preformatted citation that contains embedded code and plug it directly into their blog, without any re-keying. Users can take advantage of social bookmarking opportunities, which allow them to store and access bookmarks from any computer and to use tags to organize the bookmarks–a system preferable to folders. Bookmarking sites currently supported include Connotea, citeulike, del.icio.us, and BibSonomy. In addition, a Research Toolkit is available where researchers can discover and connect with valuable online workflow tools such as zotero and Google Notebook. An erratum alert option has also been added to enable readers to be informed about future updates to an article.
"The redesign of our abstract pages represents an enhancement in both form and function," said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications. "Readability and navigation have been improved, but the main change is the addition of tools that allow users greater flexibility in conducting their research."
In addition to the features above, the enhancements provide SPIE users with"
- Access to lists of linked references and citing articles via tabs that appear along the top of each abstract; an option has been added to view such lists in separate browser windows or tabs.
- Navigation to higher levels of the journal, which now appear as "breadcrumb" links in the upper left of each abstract.
- Citation downloads, including DOIs, to standard bibliographic formats including EndNote, RefWorks,and others.
"One of our guiding principles during this project was to simplify the interaction with the new pages for SPIE users, meaning one-click-and-done' access to the various features throughout the page," said Larry Belmont, Scitation's Manager of Development. "Agile techniques employed by our development team enabled us to react quickly to feedback provided by SPIE during the course of this project," said Belmont.
Throughout 2008, more enhancements are planned for Scitation platform content, including the addition of statistics related to individual articles. These will include how many times an article is viewed, downloaded, and recommended to a colleague.
AIP's Scitation publishing platform currently hosts more than 1,000,000 articles from more than 170 scholarly publications for 25 learned society publishers, in fields including physics, chemistry, geosciences, engineering, acoustics, and other sciences. AIP also offers a suite of publishing services, which covers every aspect of journal production, with complete management oversight from receipt of authors' manuscripts through print and online distribution.
SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light. The SPIE Digital Library includes six journals and the Proceedings of SPIE and contains the world's largest collection of research papers covering optics and photonics and applications in areas such as micro/nanotechnology, sensors, biomedical optics, defense and security, communications, imaging, lighting, energy, and astronomy.
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