Sunday, 22 May 2011

"People also read ..." cross-linking trial

Subscribers to the online version of JIPLP may already have noticed that the journal is trialling a new "People also read ..." cross-linking service. The idea is that, when any item is accessed online, readers will be informed of the existence of one or more other items which readers of that article have also read.

This service will be found in a little box in the column next to all abstract, HTML and PDF pages, with a voting box beneath allowing readers to offer some feedback as to whether the articles offered to them were relevant.

Obviously this will work better for articles that have been available online for some time, since an article that has just been placed online won't have been read by many people yet. However it should be a useful tool for readers who, when reading up on a particular topic, find themselves directed (ideally) to other published material on the same subject.

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