Interactive 3D Models Embedded in Articles

About

Authors in many different scientific disciplines deal with 3D data. 3D visualization is an important tool for understanding complex structures, dynamic simulations, and research discoveries. In the scientific publication, 3D models are "flattened" into static 2D images, which significantly reduce the value of the author's analysis and the level of interaction by the reader as they can only capture one specific projection of a 3D object. Hence, embedding 3D visualization tools in online research articles is becoming extremely important. To support this need, Elsevier offers two general purpose 3D viewers appearing inside scientific online articles in various journals on ScienceDirect.

The 3D viewers can be applied to include 3D Geometrics shapes and models, 3D archeological models and data in the Universal 3D format.

Tools & Data Formats

3D Visualization ToolSubmission Instructions
3D Viewer for OBJ/PLY models
Temple
PLY is a 3D data format known as the Polygon File Format or the Stanford Triangle Format. This format was principally designed to store three dimensional data from 3D scanners. The format specification can be found here. OBJ is a geometry definition file format developed by Wavefront Technologies for its Advanced Visualizer animation package. The format specification can be found here.

Each model will have to be uploaded to the online submission system via the "3D models" submission category asa single zip file, irrespective of whether it's just a single PLY/OBJ file or a more complex model consisting of material (MTL) and texture (PNG/JPG) files. Please be advised that the recommended model size before zipping is 50-100 MB. Multiple models can be submitted.

For more information please click here
3D Viewer for U3D models
U3D
U3D models are traditionally used for embedding 3D models in the PDF files. Thanks to the U3D viewer that Elsevier developed, U3D models can be visualized next to online articles on ScienceDirect You can enrich your online articles by providing 3D models in the U3D format. Each .u3d file will have to be zipped and uploaded to online submission system. Please be advised that the recommended model size before zipping is 50-100 MB. Multiple models can be submitted.

For more information please click here