New virtual special issue demonstrates how ScienceDirect enriches academic publications with interactive geospatial data using Google Maps

Research output in the digital age is more than text and images; computer code, data, multimedia, and domain-specific data formats are increasingly important elements of the scientific record. Supporting researchers to disseminate this work calls for solutions that go beyond the traditional print or PDF medium. Elsevier has been a pioneer in this space with projects like the Article of the Future and Interactive applications on ScienceDirect that leverage modern web technologies to enhance online publications.

Currently available for over 100 journals, the Interactive Map application allows authors to enhance and enrich their work with interactive maps by uploading KML* files containing geospatial data along with their submission. This data could be as simple as a landmark pointer with a textual note, or as complex as a visual overlay with actual research data. Utilizing the well-know Google Maps toolkit, the data is then visualized on an interactive map integrated into the article on ScienceDirect. This, allows readers to build valuable insights by interactively exploring this additional material from within the context of the article. Submitted KML files are also available for readers to download.

Within this virtual special issue, we are delighted to bring you a varied selection of articles that demonstrate the versatility of the Interactive Map application, and how it can give your article more credibility and increase the likelihood that it will be read and cited.

What do authors need to do?

Authors simply need to upload KML* files in EES when uploading their article, images and other supplementary information. KML files can be readily created with all major Geographical Information System software programs including Google Earth.

More information about the Google Maps application can be found at: Google maps for journal articles.

* Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is an XML schema for expressing geographic annotation and visualization within Internet-based Earth browsers, such as Google Maps or Google Earth. We at Elsevier will generate Interactive Maps from the submitted KML files and include these in the online article.

Google Earth as a tool in 2-D hydrodynamic modeling
Computers & Geosciences, Volume 37, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 38–46
Nguyen Quang Chien, Soon Keat Tan

Steady rifting in northern Kenya inferred from deformed Holocene lake shorelines of the Suguta and Turkana basins
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volumes 331–332, 15 May 2012, Pages 335–346
Daniel Melnick, Yannick Garcin, Javier Quinteros, Manfred R. Strecker, Daniel Olago, Jean-Jacques Tiercelin

Toward a More Transformative Participation in the Conservation of Madagascar's Natural Resources  
Geoforum, In Press, Corrected Proof
Paul W. Hanson

Effects of land use changes on badland erosion in clayey drainage basins, Radicofani, Central Italy
Geomorphology, Volumes 169–170, 1 October 2012, Pages 98–108
Fabio Castaldi, Ugo Chiocchini

Preliminary characterization and regional comparison of the Dasht-i-Nawur obsidian source near Ghazni, Afghanistan
Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 39, Issue 7 July 2012, Pages 2320 – 2328
Matthew T. Boulanger, Richard S. Davis, Michael D. Glascock

CalciumoxalateAMS14C dating and chronology of post-Palaeolithic rock paintings in the Iberian Peninsula. Two dates from Abrigo de los Oculados (Henarejos, Cuenca, Spain)
Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 39, Issue 8 August 2012, Pages 2655 – 2667
Juan F. Ruiz, Antonio Hernanz, Ruth Ann Armitage, Marvin W. Rowe, Ramon Viñas, José M. Gavira-Vallejo, Albert Rubio

Conical folding in the core of an orocline. A geometric analysis from the Cantabrian Arc (Variscan Belt of NW Iberia)
Journal of Structural Geology, Volume 39, June 2012, Pages 210–223
Daniel Pastor-Galán, Gabriel Gutiérrez-Alonso, Kieran F. Mulchrone, Pedro Huerta

High-resolution reconstruction of the Hoei eruption (AD 1707) of Fuji volcano, Japan
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Volume 207, Issues 3–4, 15 October 2011, Pages 113–129
Naomichi Miyaji, Ayumi Kan'no, Tatsuo Kanamaru, Kazutaka Mannen

Injection, transport, and deposition of tephra during event 5 at Redoubt Volcano, 23 March, 2009
Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, In Press, Corrected Proof
Larry G. Mastin, Hans Schwaiger, David J. Schneider, Kristi L. Wallace, Janet Schaefer, Roger P. Denlinger

Distribution of glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers in surface sediments of Lake Qinghai and surrounding soil
Organic Geochemistry, Volume 47, June 2012, Pages 78–87
Huanye Wang, Weiguo Liua, Chuanlun L. Zhang, Zheng Wang, Jinxiang Wang, Zhonghui Liu, Hailiang Dong

Megaflora and palaeoclimate of a Late Oligocene tropical delta, Makum Coalfield, Assam: Evidence for the early development of the South Asia Monsoon
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Volumes 342–343, 15 July 2012, Pages 130–142
Gaurav Srivastava, Robert A. Spicer, Teresa E.V. Spicer, Jian Yang, Madhav Kumar, Rakesh Mehrotra, Naresh Mehrotra

Spatial distribution of introduced Norway spruce growth in lowland Poland: The influence of changing climate and extreme weather events
Quaternary International, In Press, Corrected Proof
Marcin Koprowski

Mapping the expansion of the Northwest Magdalenian Quaternary International,
Quaternary International, In Press, Corrected Proof
Rebecca Miller

Estimating coseismic coastal uplift with an intertidal mussel: calibration for the 2010 Maule Chile earthquake (Mw = 8.8)
Quaternary Science Reviews, Volume 42, 24 May 2012, Pages 29–42
Daniel Melnick, Marco Cisternas, Marcos Moreno, Ricardo Norambuena

Estimating the effects of environmental exposures using a weighted mean of monitoring stations
Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology, Volume 3, Issue 3 September 2012, Pages 225 - 234
A.G. Barnett, A.C.A. Clements , P. Vaneckova

Orocline timing through joint analysis: Insights from the Ibero-Armorican Arc
Tectonophysics, Volume 507, Issues 1–4, 10 July 2011, Pages 31–46
Daniel Pastor-Galán, Gabriel Gutiérrez-Alonso, Arlo Brandon Weil