ScienceDirect: New Content Innovations Are Garnering Significant Praise

Elsevier continually creates new ways to enhance user experience on ScienceDirect. We put much thought and resources into exploring possible technologies that do not currently exist on any other research platform. As a result, we are proud to announce some new additions that are already generating buzz.

The Virtual Microscope and Interactive Maps tools, two of the many new content innovations coming soon to ScienceDirect, are getting special recognition from the recently announced 2015 PROSE Awards. Presented at the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Annual Conference on February 5th, Elsevier was the recipient of 10 awards, including an eProduct/Best App award for our Virtual Microscope.

Interactive Maps Tool – Going Beyond Point A to Point B

Like the Virtual Microscope, which was featured last year in Author Connect, another ScienceDirect application is also gaining traction in online publishing. The Interactive Maps tool on ScienceDirect allows an author to enrich a book with geographical research data in a visual and interactive way. These interactive maps can be as simple as a landmark pointer or contain more detailed visual overlays with actual research data.

1Nearly 2,000 ScienceDirect journal articles now use the Interactive Maps tool, with over 1,000 users a day looking at articles containing these interactive maps. This is also one of the first interactive tools to be introduced in books.

The following example further illustrates this functionality: Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography Applications and Indigenous Mapping, 2nd Edition, edited by D.R. Fraser Taylor and Tracey Lauriault of Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Different than a standalone, traditional map, Interactive Maps are part of a complete analytics package and can be applied to a wide range of topics that go beyond basic location finding and the physical environment. Interactive mapping can be readily adopted in numerous online books across all subject areas, from the life and physical sciences, to arts and humanities.


Embed Video and Links

In addition to the Virtual Microscope and Interactive Maps, authors can also embed videos or links between certain data repositories and books on ScienceDirect. All these content innovations give ScienceDirect readers one-click access to relevant, trusted data that may help validate research or drive further investigations.


How to Get Involved

Taking advantage of these new technologies is easy. You can start the process by contacting your acquisitions editor for information and instructions on adding Interactive Maps, the Virtual Microscope, video files, and database links to a book on ScienceDirect.

Coming Next

From plotting stars on cave walls with mineral pigments, to developing a new mapping discipline like cybercartography, research and innovation is rapidly moving. ScienceDirect is also moving quickly to embrace technologies that can take a book chapter beyond a static PDF.  We are pleased to offer authors across many research disciplines the content innovation tools to help make their work accessible, relevant, and memorable.

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