Key features: context specific features

Note – moving beyond prototypes:

This website presents a number of prototype articles that were created in an early phase of the Article of the Future journey. Many of the innovations showcased here have now found their way into Elsevier journals, and online publishing platforms like ScienceDirect, through the Content Innovation program. If you are publishing with an Elsevier journal, please take a look in the Guide for Authors or journal homepage to see what innovative features are available to you to present your work with maximum impact!

Article Information

This element is displayed by default, when an article is first opened. It displays the bibliographic information, article history and keywords associated with the article. It also lists all additional information available for the article, such as interactive charts, maps, etc.

Author Information

Information on each of the authors can be displayed in the right sidebar. Clicking on the name of an author will display this information.

Compound Information

To help readers easily find more information on certain chemical compounds mentioned in the text, the right sidebar can provide them with relevant details and links. It is possible to view and interactively explore the 3D molecular geometry of each compound.

Data Analysis

The right sidebar can be used to list more detailed information on research findings presented in the article.

Data Repositories and Evaluation Datasets

This functionality aims to help researchers to validate and compare their models and algorithms using the same evaluation data.

Experimental Flowcharts

This feature offers a place where experiments described in the article can be explained in a more detail, including a brief explanation of the experiment goals, a step by step description of how the experiment was conducted, as well as its main results.

Experimental Setups

This feature provides details of an experiment (i.e., materials, equipment, etc.).

Figure/Table Browsing

Readers can quickly browse through all images (or tables) and read their captions. The images/tables are specially resized to fit the right sidebar to prevent horizontal scrolling.

Formula Display

All math expressions in the article can be viewed in the right sidebar (one-by-one) and also accessed via the cross-reference links in the text.

Fossil/Brachiopod Photo Collections

If fossil/brachiopod photos are not included in the original article (e.g., due to the space limitations or were published earlier), those additional images can be provided in the right sidebar.

3D Fossil Reconstructions

Currently only 5% of Paleontology related articles deal with 3D content. However, if available, those 3D reconstructions are seen as extremely useful: (a) for teaching, and (b) for archiving fossil data.

Highlight Links

This feature helps to quickly find specific links in the article. When desired, the text can be marked-up to highlight all links of a specified type (e.g. all compound links, or supplementary data).

Please use the “Sidebar content” dropdown menu in the right sidebar, to get access to this functionality

Knowledge Tree

To allow the reader to quickly scan the article, the main ‘knowledge chunks’ can be listed in the right sidebar and linked to certain parts of the article as well as to some additional information sources.

Please use the “Sidebar content” dropdown menu in the right sidebar, to get access to this functionality.

Math Quotes

If the article refers to math expressions in different (Elsevier) articles without their direct quoting, those math quotes can be displayed in the right sidebar.

Paleobiology Database

The Paleobiology Database (PaleoDB) is a public resource that provides access to collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for marine and terrestrial animals and plants of any geological age, as well as web-based software for statistical analysis of the data. The relevant information obtained from PaleoDB can be displayed in the right sidebar, e.g. for the fossil taxa and lithographic units.


This feature allows the reader to view relevant posters created by the authors.


This feature allows the reader to view slides of related conference presentations given by the authors.

Protein/Gene Information

To help readers easily find more information on certain proteins (or genes) mentioned in the text, the right sidebar can provide them with relevant details and links. For proteins, it is possible to also view and interactively explore 3D protein structures using the Jmol-based app integrated in the right sidebar.

Psychology Flowcharts

This functionality provides a graphical overview of an experimental procedure displayed in the right sidebar. It is also possible to select and compare several flowcharts by opening them in a new window.

References (with Abstracts)

The right sidebar offers the reader a chance to see more details of the article references. Clicking on a reference in the text will display the complete bibliographic information and the article abstract, as well its occurrences in the article.

Related Articles

The existing feature of Related Articles has been incorporated into the right sidebar. It allows the reader to view a selection of 5 related articles in a similar manner as it is done for the References feature.

Stereo Models

In one of the Paleontology prototypes, the reader can view the 3D stereo content.

To be able to see stereo, you have to wear the anaglyph 3D glasses. Please contact us if you would like to receive a free pair of glasses.

Stimuli Examples

In some experiments, specific material is used to run the experiment. For instance in the field of (cognitive) psychology, participants are often shown a collection of images during an experiment. The object of these types of experiments is to measure how users react to the stimuli. The right sidebar offers room to display the stimuli used and provide additional information if needed.

Time Scale Information

Names of the time periods mentioned in the text can be linked to the time scale information (e.g., obtained from the International Commission on Stratigraphy).

Software Environments & Algorithm Implementations

This functionality provides the reader with the links to open source software environments, as well as with a quick access to the underlying code referred to in the article.