ScienceDirect improves Research Productivity with Innovative Redesign

Amsterdam – May 22, 2006 –  ScienceDirect, the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical (STM) information resource, today announced plans to release a series of new, user-driven features over the next two years that will further improve researcher productivity by making full-text content quicker and easier to access. The user workflow was extensively analyzed to identify the most common tasks, such as browsing for a specific journal title. The redesign focused on reducing the number of steps a user takes to complete the task – resulting in improvements of up to 80%.

Starting in August 2006, ScienceDirect will release new redesigns and features that will include enhancements to the overall user interface, streamlined browsing and searching and additional personalization features. Additional enhancements will be launched over the next two years. The changes are being shaped by extensive user testing and feedback to ensure that ScienceDirect remains as closely aligned to the needs of its users as possible. 

“I thought that it was really well designed. It had some nice features like alerts and homepage customization,” said Christian Downton, senior consultant at Wood Mackenzie and a ScienceDirect user that participated in the redesign usability testing. “I think it’s quite intuitive and gives you all of the options that you might want.”

The redesign will include completely transformed navigation, look and feel in order to connect researchers to the STM information they want even faster. New customization features will help researchers better track past actions, will make it easier for them to set up automated alerts and will connect them to favored titles right from the homepage. In addition, the redesign will incorporate revised search features that will make it easier for researchers to conduct more targeted searches faster.

Launched in 1999, ScienceDirect has always represented significant value by offering a wealth of high quality scientific information. ScienceDirect was one of the first products of its kind to take advantage of Web technology in order to provide easy access to fully searchable research articles with links to the full text. Covering over a quarter of the world’s research literature ScienceDirect has continued to develop innovative ways to connect researchers to relevant content. Today, ScienceDirect makes over seven million full-text articles from over 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and a growing range of authoritative handbooks, books series and reference works, easily available to researchers all over the world.

“ScienceDirect is committed to making the gap between researchers and research information as narrow and easy to traverse as possible,” said Joep Verheggen, director of ScienceDirect. “By redesigning we are making it faster and easier than ever before for researchers to access relevant, full-text research.”

ScienceDirect will demonstrate aspects of its redesign at Elsevier’s booth 2816 during the American Library Association annual conference in New Orleans, LA, June 24-27. More information on ScienceDirect can be found at info.sciencedirect.com.

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About ScienceDirect
Over a quarter of the world’s full text scientific, technical and medical (STM) articles – managed by renowned editors, written by respected authors and read by researchers from around the globe – are available in one place: ScienceDirect.

Elsevier’s extensive and unique full-text collection covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature including high impact factor titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. Over seven-and a half million articles are available online, including Articles in Press which offer rapid access to recently accepted manuscripts.

The critical mass of information available on ScienceDirect is unsurpassed. Coverage includes over 2000 journals published by Elsevier and dynamic linking to journals from approximately 350 STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding program of online major reference works, handbooks and book series in all fields of science seamlessly interlinks with primary research referenced in journal articles.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

Media Contact: 
Gertrude Hoogendoorn 
Head of Marketing, ScienceDirect
+31 20 485 2517 
G.Hoogendoorn@elsevier.com