About Interactive Plots
With interactive plots, authors can share valuable data behind graphs and plots
With interactive plots, Elsevier is introducing a new way for authors to include data and quantitative results with their journal article. Rather than having to choose between a visual representation in the form of a plot and a numerical representation in the form of a table, authors can now enjoy the best of both worlds.
Interactive plots present author-submitted data as a line or scatter plot, displayed with the article on ScienceDirect. Readers can hover over the plot to see the value of a data point right from the plot, or switch from a graphical view to a tabular view to inspect the data in greater detail. It's also possible to download the full data set for further use.
This feature was introduced in October 2013, and is currently available to a limited number of pilot journals.
Benefits for authors and readers
Innovating & enriching content
For almost 350 years, academic articles have been published in a similar layout – a format which starts with an abstract and ends with a conclusion and a list of references. Articles were presented in this way with the reader of the printed version in mind. However most researchers now access articles online, which means that readership styles and how information is gathered have changed.
We are adapting to these changes because we want to help authors improve how their research is presented online and readers to gain deeper insights faster. Offering interactive plots functionality in our journals is just one of the ways we are doing this.