Science Journals’ new site invigorates the communication of leading research and raises the voices of scientists
After a top-down redesign, the content posted on the Science Journals website is more integrated, discoverable, and more visually engaging than ever. At the end of August, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the publisher of the Science magazine family, switched its entire online offering to Atypon’s online publishing platform, Literatum.
“The new Science Journals website gives readers more of what they want and the ability to get an at-a-glance insight into a wide range of critical scientific and political topics,” said Holden Thorp, Editor-in-Chief. “Visitors can include new research from all six journals on a single page, focus on breaking commentary and news, and immerse themselves in our award-winning graphics.”
The layout of science.org also allows for seamless reader navigation thanks to improved orientation on each page and global navigation tools that point to the core offerings of the site. And viewers who come to the site from social media platforms are directed to more content that attracted them first.
“All of this is to be at the forefront of communicating cutting-edge research,” said Thorp.
“AAAS has been a world leader in science communication since it was founded in 1880,” said Gordon Tibbitts, General Manager of Atypon, “and it is an honor to work together. Our platform has helped AAAS fully integrate its incredible range of content into a single website designed to optimize the reader’s experience. The new Science site, designed by Atypon Studio in collaboration with the Science design team, makes it easy to stay up to date and engage with relevant news and research, and offers audiences a more productive and immersive online experience . “
The move to Atypon’s online publishing platform includes all of Science’s content, including the 1880 archives, research and commentary in Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, Science Immunology, Science Robotics, and the open access journal Science Advances . B. Science news, science careers, blogs, videos, podcasts, and custom publishing content.
During the development of science.org special attention was paid to the global homepage. The new homepage offers a selection of content in the latest issues of the six magazines. It also quickly connects readers with the voices of leading global experts speaking out on current scientific topics such as the likelihood of animal origin for SARS-CoV-2. “The new website will further raise the voices of these scientists as they seek to facilitate dialogue on issues that matter to scientists as professionals, scientists who want to connect with the public, and between groups of scientists,” said Thorp.
The site’s global home page regularly updates content that readers have preferred in the past, including podcasts, videos, and feature stories from Science’s award-winning news team. All content on the new website is easy to see on mobile platforms. The website is also designed according to the latest internet accessibility standards.
The redesign makes reading individual papers particularly pleasant. Readers will be able to enlarge, download, and share study images using a new figure viewer tool. It will allow them to query key images, like the numbers in Townshend et al’s Science report. dated August 27, introducing a new machine learning method that improves the prediction of RNA structures.
New pages on science.org include landing pages for all six journals that help readers quickly get a feel for the size of a journal; a page highlighting editorials, policy forums, letters, book reviews, and other comments from all magazines; and a page dedicated to new posts from the Visuals Blog and Editor’s Blog – commenting on thought-provoking new content, including a 2021 podcast series on Race and Science.
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