Discovery infrastructure to let your best content shine
ScienceOpen has released its newest feature to support academic publishers – the ScienceOpen INTEGRATOR. Over 50 customers have chosen to showcase their content in 300+ Collections within the interactive ScienceOpen discovery environment. Each Collection allows content to be explored in dynamic ways that highlight top articles. With the ScienceOpen INTEGRATOR, it is now possible to embed ScienceOpen’s state-of-the-art discovery tools directly into any website with just a few lines of code. This feature can be used for journal websites, book selections, and topical collections by institutions, publishers, or societies.
Dynamic journal websites
Journal websites are typically organized around volumes and issues that are good at helping readers navigate to most recent content. But sometimes a journal’s most cited article is tucked away in Volume 5 Issue 3, or its most talked about article tracked by Altmetric Score quickly disappears from view when the next issue is published. However, in a ScienceOpen collection, readers can sort a journal’s articles by citation number, Altmetric score, date, view count, or rating and narrow down results with myriad filters for open access, affiliation, keywords and more. With the ScienceOpen INTEGRATOR, ScienceOpen makes it easy for you to add these functionalities to your own website to encourage browsing and increase engagement by having your best content highlighted at the top of the list.
For the open access Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, now hosted on ScienceOpen, the INTEGRATOR allowed the publisher to plug the content directly into their new website: https://www.ijafr.org/. ScienceOpen can tailor the content to fit the space you have available on your website and customize with colors to match your branding.
Not every publisher website is set up to provide comprehensive search functionalities at the journal or publisher level. The ScienceOpen INTEGRATOR offers a simple way to add engaging discovery elements to a journal’s online presence. It allows you to host your journal on the ScienceOpen platform but still have it easily accessed directly from your website and any URL you choose.
Interactive topical collections
Beyond the journal, ScienceOpen Collections can be used to create topical collections curated across a publisher’s full portfolio. For example Karger: Neurology and Neuroscience, Methods by AKJournals, IET Power Engineering, Hogrefe Psychology, Annual Reviews Racial Justice, Policing, and Protest, Emerald: Quality Education for All and Hindawi: COVID-19. These collections all draw on content from multiple journals and books of each publisher to highlight thematic strengths or put interdisciplinary topics in focus. They can contain open access and subscription content, with a handy open access filter to help authors find accessible content quickly. The collection format is open to all content types and can contain articles, books and chapters, but also preprints, conference proceedings, datasets and reports. Now, these special thematic collections can also be easily integrated into the publisher website. If an automated curation runs on the ScienceOpen platform, the publisher webpage is instantly updated.
ScienceOpen Collections can also be used as a neutral space for collaboration between publishers or societies. For example, to celebrate World Microbiome Day, the Microbiology Society and the British Society for Immunology collaborated to curate a freely-available collection of Microbiome research , with the goal of breaking traditional disciplinary boundaries and bringing the microbiology and immunology communities together via their shared research focus. Now such projects can be quickly and easily integrated into each publisher website!
Libraries have also begun to curate Collections of their research outputs by utilizing ScienceOpen’s Collection infrastructure. The University College London, for example, has created research Collections around COVID-19 and the UN SDGs: UCL: Covid-19 Research and UCL and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This feature can also be useful for highlighting the outputs of funded research projects such as this collection for the EU NanoSafety Cluster. With the ScienceOpen INTEGRATOR, all of these unique projects could also be embedded directly onto the customer’s website.
A further example of ScienceOpen website integration is an article-level widget added to each article on the publisher website that leads back to the rich, interactive metrics for that article on ScienceOpen. The University of Maribor Press showcases its journals Medicine, Law & Society and LeXonomica with a Collection on ScienceOpen. On each article the “ScienceOpen metrics” button leads back to ScienceOpen so that authors and readers can easily check usage, citations, altmetrics, recommendations, reviews and more and take advantage of one-click sharing. Authors can also add a lay summary to reach a broader audience.
With our new INTEGRATOR feature, we hope to provide journals, publishers, institutes and researchers with a tool to easily and flexibly manage their publication lists and upgrade their websites with attractive discovery elements to increase engagement with their content.