Elsevier Announces MathJax Now Available on ScienceDirect

New feature supports researchers in displaying and reading high-quality, fully-scalable mathematical symbols and equations online


Amsterdam, April 22, 2013

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical products and services, today announces the incorporation of MathJax into research papers published online on ScienceDirect. Developed through a collaboration of industry associations, MathJax is a new technology for high-quality, crisp display of mathematical symbols and equations on the web.

With the inclusion of MathJax, ScienceDirect can now display high-resolution, fully scalable symbols and equations seamlessly with the surrounding text, improving the readability and interpretation of authors’ research. With this development readers have the ability to magnify equations within an article for closer look, as well as copy and save equations for further research.

“Displaying mathematics and science online is challenging because of limited and inconsistent browser support for web standards such as MathML,” said Peter Krautzberger, MathJax Manager. “MathJax leverages existing web technology such as cascading style sheets and web fonts to provide reliable, clear and accessible rendering. The integration of MathJax within ScienceDirect is a big boost for mathematical and scientific content as it is now displayed natively and accessibly in all articles published in Elsevier journals.”

There are no further requirements for authors, editors and reviewers to benefit from MathJax. As part of the typesetting process, Elsevier converts mathematical symbols and equations included in submitted manuscripts into MathML, theWorld Wide Web Consortium standard for mathematics on the web. MathJax has the capability of displaying the generated MathML, ensuring that past and future articles published online on ScienceDirect can benefit from the enhanced display.

“Technology enhancements such as MathJax on ScienceDirect support our ongoing efforts to improve the ease-of-use of the research we publish and integrate user-friendly solutions,” says Laura Hassink, Senior Vice President Physical Sciences at Elsevier. “We believe this feature will greatly benefit authors, researchers and the mathematics community as a whole.”

The initiative to develop MathJax as a feature was launched in 2009 by the American Mathematical Society, Design Science, Inc., and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Elsevier was one of its first supporters making a commitment to support researchers who want to display and read mathematics on the web. Employing MathJax into research papers published online on ScienceDirect further extends this commitment by enhancing the usability and readability of Elsevier’s content to benefit researchers for the long-term.

For more information or to discover the additional benefits of MathJax and learn how to activate MathJax on ScienceDirect go to: www.elsevier.com/physical-sciences/mathematics/mathjax-on-sciencedirect.

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About MathJax
MathJax was initiated in 2009 by the American Mathematical Society (AMS), Design Science and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) with the aim of developing a universal, robust, and easy-to-use solution to display mathematics on the web. MathJax's open source JavaScript library provides high-quality display on all browsers and platforms without the need for readers to install plugins or fonts. Using MathJax also enables copy&paste of equations and is compatible with accessibility tools for vision and learning disabilities. The MathJax Consortium is supported by numerous sponsors. For more information, go to www.mathjax.org

About ScienceDirect
ScienceDirect is a world premier full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and 11,000 books. The platform offers search and retrieval functionalities that enable users to work effectively in the knowledge discovery process. ScienceDirect aims to revolutionize the traditional format of the academic paper; interactive elements, enhanced online-readability, alerting services, and linking options to external datasets help researchers to build insights at the article level. ScienceDirect now has more than 10 million users; its wide reach makes it an ideal place for scientists to publish and disseminate their research findings.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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