This week sees the launch of our new ‘responsive’ version of Emerald Insight, so grab your mobile and take a look.
I say ‘responsive’ because it won’t completely expand and contract fluidly regardless of the display size, it will snap into place because the page is serving something different depending on the device it is viewed on.
So what? you may think. It’s all just semantics. Well, we want you to know that this is a long-term project and the first in a long line of releases. We may be constrained a little by some platform issues, but we will continue to iterate and improve the site regardless, with future enhancements based on the feedback from our users – i.e. you.
Now that we can offer a tailored mobile experience, we feel we’ve made a big step forward, but we don’t want to stop there. Currently every piece of functionality that exists on the desktop site, is also visible in the mobile experience. Does it all need to be there? Could we strip some of it out? Can we hide elements and present a lighter and more streamlined user experience?
Over the coming months, we will be embarking on rounds of user testing across the globe. Tapping into the expertise of those who interact with our site and products, in order to truly hone the mobile experience and provide our users with all that they need to get the most from Emerald Insight on the move.
So what are you waiting for? Pick up your mobile and have a flick through the site. If you have any comments, thoughts or ideas, please get in touch. Any and all feedback is useful, we would love to hear from you.
Knowing what researchers need in order to do their job is something that all publishers work towards. A part of that focuses on ensuring content on the subject matter they are researching is discover-able. Over the past year we’ve heard from economists who want to access our abstracts as part of the RePEc service and during the last few weeks we’ve been working to make this happen.
RePEc (Research Papers in Economics – http://repec.org/) is a volunteer maintained project that collects data from various sources, then serves the metadata to users through a variety of different services. Emerald used to provide journal data to the RePEc, but technical issues caused it to fall behind several years ago.
Now, with the new digital teams in place, we are working to get our latest article metadata onto RePEc’s database, with the first steps to make some of our more recent journal metadata available. This is already underway with the creation of a new FTP server, the sourcing and conversion of content which has been successfully tested with a batch of 41 journal titles. Following on from this, we are working to make an automated feed live in January to allow the flow of new journal metadata to reach RePEc faster and with minimal manual intervention. This will then be extended to Book metadata, to better serve the needs of economics researchers.
Watch this space for further updates!
The default WordPress greeting seems appropriate, so I’m going to leave it as it is. Hello World! This the new blog for Emeraldinsight.com, the publishing platform of Emerald Group Publishing.
We specialize in the publication of academic research in business and management fields, but also publish many journals and books in health care, engineering, and education.
What we aren’t is a typical STM publisher.
What we are aiming to be is a user-focused, agile development powerhouse for bringing innovation to scholarly communication and dissemination. This blog will document some of the trials and successes of that journey, and also function as an introduction to the major and minor product enhancements as they are released to the site. We’ll also be looking for feedback and beta-testers, so watch out for those calls soon.
Head of Product