After searching PubMed or Google Scholar researchers often arrive at a publisher's full-text article page. Assuming that you have access to the full-text access, what contextual links should be included within the article? i,e links to Brain Atlas, links to Gene Databases

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for asking. I've given this question an edit, but I'm still not sure whether it is a good fit for the site. It is fairly subjective and could potentially vary a lot across disciplines. $\endgroup$ – Jeromy Anglim Nov 7 '12 at 1:42
  • $\begingroup$ Also to clarify, are you talking only about links in the PDF/HTML of the full-text article or are you also talking about side bar links (e.g., options to export bibliographic information links to related articles, view statistics, etc.) $\endgroup$ – Jeromy Anglim Nov 7 '12 at 1:44
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think there's any definitive answer to this at all, it's not more than a poll (I meant to clarify that earlier but I got sidetracked). $\endgroup$ – Chuck Sherrington Nov 7 '12 at 7:22
  • $\begingroup$ I'm in agreement, this feels too subjective to me. user2366, we expect questions on this site to have a definitive correct answer, and I'm not sure this question has one... $\endgroup$ – Josh Nov 9 '12 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ I think this question might be off-topic for here, and a better fit at academia.SE $\endgroup$ – Artem Kaznatcheev Jan 19 '13 at 0:10

This is a subjective question and what is useful would depend on from which domain of cognitive science the article originated. In general, I prefer when the PDF looks like the journal article (i.e., no formatting to indicate links).

Here is a list of things that I find useful:

  • Links from in text citations to the location of the full reference
  • Links from references to the full-text resource
  • Links between Table and figure references with the actual figure
  • Table of contents tied to sections in the article
  • URLs and emails that can be clicked on
  • Tables with exportable data
  • If the article includes supplementary material, links to that material that work and do not require password access.

A few extra things that might be nice perhaps in the HTML version:

  • Ability to export both the article reference and the references in the article in various bibliographic formats (e.g., bibtex, Endnote, etc.)
  • Page view, download, and citation statistics
  • RSS feed options for the journal

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