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Elsevier's ScienceDirect Delivers Enhanced Mobile Reading Experience On Tablets And Smartphones

AMSTERDAM, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

 Growth in researchers' use of mobile devices to access scholarly content drives need for outstanding user experience when reading scientific literature

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of an optimized mobile version of ScienceDirect, its leading full-text scientific database.

The updated mobile version of ScienceDirect now allows researchers to read journal articles on mobile devices through a specifically designed interface offering high readability and a streamlined page layout. Users of ScienceDirect that access journal articles on a mobile device will automatically be directed to a dedicated page which offers an online experience tailored for mobile use. The mobile view is designed around how people work when they use mobile devices, including simple browse, scan, read or save-for-later features. The mobile view is also built with high performance principles to counter the high latency, low bandwidth and limited processing power of mobile devices.

"Too many websites that claim to be built for mobile are actually designed for the desktop and then shrunk into a mobile device format, resulting in an uneasy compromise. Simultaneously, researchers are used to accessing consumer sites on mobile devices with amazing user experiences - why shouldn't they have the same experience at work? This updated mobile version of ScienceDirect is streamlined to perform optimally on mobile devices; delivering the mobile experience that has become the norm outside of work environments," said Ammy Vogtländer, Vice President ScienceDirect Product Management at Elsevier. "We wanted to be certain we were giving our users every means possible to access the content they want, when they want it and where they want it - supporting better research outcomes."

The updated mobile version of ScienceDirect has been designed based on user feedback and consultation. Users want focused and fast access to articles, with easy reading and navigation that keeps resizing, panning and scrolling to a minimum. The mobile version of ScienceDirect now supports fast navigation, access to similar results, easy access to references, the ability to view tables and a pinch-to-zoom feature. Users can also choose to open articles as a PDF and can export articles to Mendeley, RefWorks, and in BibTeX format, among others.

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