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It’s here! CDL launches redesigned eScholarship

The Publishing group at the California Digital Library is pleased to announce the launch of a major redesign of the eScholarship publishing and repository platform.

The new eScholarship site includes:

  • Enhanced campus repository sites
  • Advanced customization tools for journals and publishing units
  • Expanded readership metrics, including Altmetrics for repository content
  • Mobile friendly, interactive, and accessible experience for readers
  • Open source technology solutions

Enhanced campus repository sites

Each campus repository in eScholarship now has a visually distinct landing page, emphasizing  local identity and campus-based scholarly communications activities. The new site offers flexible customization of these pages to promote featured work, develop new local content, and share information with distinct communities.

 

Advanced customization tools for journals and publishing units

As we continue to expand services for the eScholarship publishing program, we recognize the need to put more powerful tools in the hands of journal editors and site administrators. Editors and administrators can now customize their eScholarship sites and keep informational pages and news about current publishing projects up to date with graphical feature carousels, flexible content display options, and DIY site configuration tools.

Expanded metrics, including Altmetrics for repository content

In addition to our standard item-level usage metrics, displaying total usage and monthly hits and downloads, eScholarship now includes support for Altmetrics for all repository publications with a DOI, providing authors with a more complete picture of the attention surrounding their work.

 

Mobile-friendly, interactive, and accessible experience for readers

Publications in eScholarship are increasingly accessed from tablets and mobile devices, prompting us to think beyond the browser window in redesigning the reader experience with a responsive and mobile-friendly interface. Additionally, the accessible-first design of the new eScholarship site means all features of the site have been designed to meet AA WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines.

 

Open Source Technology Solutions

The eScholarship redesign represents a departure for our team’s technology approach. With this release we consciously moved away from our custom builds of the past and toward more widely adopted open source technology solutions, including node.js for the server-side code and React for the front-end framework. We are openly sharing the code behind the new eScholarship in GitHub.

Next steps

In the coming months, the eScholarship team will release more features and functionality, including a public API offering developers more flexible tools to remix and re-use publication data from eScholarship. To learn more, visit the eScholarship redesign forum or sign up for project updates.  

We couldn’t have done it alone

The team would like to give a special thanks to all of the campus partners, beta testers, and readers of eScholarship content worldwide, who have provided invaluable information before and during the redesign process.

Monica Westin is the Publications & Engagement Manager at the California Digital Library, where she supports the scholarly publishing activities of the eScholarship community and collaborates with editors and other campus partners to bring new publications and projects to the platform.

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