Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy Adds Interactive Capabilities to Enhance Scholarly Articles

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Teamwork with U.S. National Library of Medicine enables readers to engage with SSPP articles

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This visualization and analysis tool enables readers to display and explore figures, illustrations, charts, tables, video and images, transforming fixed, scholarly articles into dynamic publications with interactive capabilities.

As part of a parallel mission to enhance scholarly communication, editors of ProQuest’s Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy (SSPP) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine worked together to transform two SSPP articles from traditional static documents into self-contained, multimedia-rich interactive publications. They are the debut pieces in SSPP’s initiative to create articles that engage and respond to the reader.

The 2008 SSPP article, A modest proposal: global rationalization of ecological footprint to eliminate ecological debt by Brian Ohl, Steven Wolf, & William Anderson and 2011 article, Using Q-methodology to identify local perspectives on wildfires in two Koyukon Athabascan communities in rural Alaska by Lily Ray (http://sspp.proquest.com/?show=interactive) can be viewed using a web-based application called Panorama Lite developed by the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, an R&D division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This visualization and analysis tool enables readers to display and explore figures, illustrations, charts, tables, video and images, transforming fixed, scholarly articles into dynamic publications with interactive capabilities.

SSPP’s interactive articles allow the reader to go beyond the printed page and into author-provided data to derive new relationships and analyses and then, export the material for scientific research. This refreshing take on the data and statistical tools enhances understanding of the content and establishes a platform for deeper analysis of material in tables and charts.

Published by ProQuest, Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy (SSPP) (http://sspp.proquest.com) is a peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal that provides a platform for the dissemination of new practices and dialog within the field of sustainability. The mission of SSPP is to spread relevant information on sustainability science issues and enhance scholarly communications among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. The e-journal is available free to all to read, download, copy, and reproduce for any scientific purposes without asking the author or publisher for permission to do so. The source of the article must however be clearly indicated. Copyright is retained by the author.

For more information about Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, please access http://sspp.proquest.com. To learn more about Panorama Lite, visit http://archive.nlm.nih.gov/proj/ip.php. Information about the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the National Library of Medicine can be found at http://www.lhncbc.nlm.nih.gov/.

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