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


closed as not constructive by Chuck Sherrington, Jeff, Ben Brocka, Artem Kaznatcheev, Mien Mar 8 '13 at 22:51

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  • $\begingroup$ 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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