eLIFE Lens: A new ‘evolutionary’ way to view research

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eLife Lens is an innovative, still experimental, new tool that will make reading articles online easier for researchers, authors, editors and readers alike. eLife Lens makes using scientific articles easier by making it possible to explore figures, figure descriptions, references and more – without losing your place in the article text. While most online research articles simply replicate print, eLife Lens takes full advantage of the Internet’s flexibility. You can absorb key elements in an important paper more readily, more quickly, and more effectively.

Document as data: eLife (and partners) has broken out of the mould of replicating the print version of a research article online; the document is treated as data – by used the tools the web provides to make the links that exist within a research article really easy to navigate, it helps solve the problem of only being able to see a small part of an article at any one moment – one reason why many people still print out articles to read on paper.

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