ScienceDirect Redesign is Proven to Enhance Researcher Productivity

New user-driven Enhancements cut Search Times by 80%, Praised by Users

Amsterdam – August 21, 2006 – ScienceDirect, the world’s leading scientific, technical and medical (STM) information resource, today announced the availability of new features, including a redesigned user interface, streamlined browsing and searching and advanced personalization capabilities. The new features are part of a comprehensive redesign, planned for release in stages over the next few years, and enhance researcher productivity by making full-text content quicker and easier to access than ever before. Available to subscribers since August 2006, the new features have received an overwhelmingly positive response from users as a result of several time saving improvements – including reduced search times of up to 80%.

The redesign has had positive reviews in many acclaimed industry journals. George Dennis, publisher of Knowledge Worker News, states:

"I've had the opportunity to play with the new design prototype for a couple of months and ScienceDirect is getting much easier to use effectively. Clearly ScienceDirect is giving much more credence to the feedback and experiences of its customers. When we tried some of the features like automated alerts and saved searches, then moused around the better-organized screens, it was easy to see how knowledge workers are going to save their already oversubscribed time."

The Redesign
The changes to ScienceDirect are being shaped by extensive user testing and feedback to ensure that the system remains as closely aligned to the needs of its users as possible.

Improved Browsing
ScienceDirect now makes it easier for users to browse through all the content it makes available. Enhancements include the ability to browse by journal title or subject directly from the homepage; the integration of related journal and book content in one browse area; the ability to browse through content from different subject areas at the same time, and much more.

Improved Quick Search
Performing a fast search is easier than ever before with the latest ScienceDirect redesign. Every page in ScienceDirect now features a “Quick Search” tool bar with the option to search, or refine a search, by title, author, volume, issue, page, keyword and year.

Enhanced Personalization
Researchers often perform the same searches or steps in order to stay abreast of the latest developments in their field of study. Recognizing this, ScienceDirect has enhanced its personalization capabilities so that researchers no longer have to spend time performing the same steps over and over again. Enhancements include the automatic storing of recent actions, a simplified system for creating alerts, the ability to access favorite publications, alerts and saved searches from the homepage, the ability to include links to third-party Websites on the homepage, and a ‘remember me’ option, so that these customizations are accessible every time a researcher logs in.

“ScienceDirect’s capabilities and features have always been driven by user feedback and guided by the unique needs of researchers,” said Joep Verheggen, director of ScienceDirect. “Therefore we are thrilled that so many of our users have realized such significant productivity gains as a result of this first stage in our redesign. We are looking forward to delivering even greater enhancements over the coming years.”

More information on ScienceDirect can be found at info.sciencedirect.com.

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.

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