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Elsevier Upgrades ScienceDirect

Elsevier has announced that it will be launching some improvements to its ScienceDirect service (www.sciencedirect.com), which provides access to the publisher’s STM full-text journals and ebooks. The changes will include navigational improvements in screen layout, four options for filtering existing search results, and access to article comments, ratings, and social bookmarking options supplied by Elsevier’s free 2collab service (www.2collab.com). Some of the changes went into effect this week; the rest should appear shortly. The improvements will occur across all the ScienceDirect package options and incur no additional charges. Newly appointed vice president of product management for ScienceDirect, Rafael Sidi, describes the changes as driven by “customer demand.” Speaking of customer demand, one could only wish that all publishers would supply as extensively detailed product descriptions as Elsevier does for ScienceDirect at http://info.sciencedirect.com. (“Yes, Virginia, there are price sheets.”)

New functionality added to ScienceDirect:

The following functionality was added to ScienceDirect on April 11:

  • Want to see reference information without scrolling to the foot of an article?

We’ve made it possible for you to view reference information within the body of a paper when your cursor moves over a reference marker.

  •  Want to quickly evaluate articles before reading them?

You’ll find easy access to important article components including the abstract, figures/tables and  references on the search results, table of contents and article pages.

  •   You’ve evaluated and read the article, what now?

You can take further action quickly and easily. A new article toolbox brings together all of the article-related functionality including “Cited By”, “E-mail Article” and more, into one easy-to-find location.

  • Looking for something specific?A new navigation pane on the left of the screen will make that easier by allowing you to refine results using four filters: “content type”; “source title”, “date” and “topics”. By enabling filtering you will be able to refine your search results without having to return to the search form.
  • Want to know how other experts rate the article you are reading?

    The integration of article comments and ratings from Elsevier’s social collaboration site, 2collab will enable you to evaluate papers according to colleague-driven comments and ratings of articles right on the article page

  • Source:http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/; http://info.sciencedirect.com/news/releases/
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