ACS’ new website

November 13, 2008 at 2:30 pm | | literature, news, open thread, wild web

ACS is upgrading its website. It looks like the Supporting Info link will be a little more visible, which is a very good idea. And an option for PDF with links. It looks like the new ACS site will be even more slick than it already is.¬†Actually, ACS has one of my favorite publisher/journal websites. Better than ScienceDirect. Far better than PNAS, I’d say. ACS is clean and neat and obvious. It doesn’t look like they’ll lose those characteristics with the redesign.

I’m sure some bad will come with the redesign. For instance, it looks like they’re adding a coverpage to each PDF with the TOC figure. I see the reasoning—otherwise the TOC figure is not in the PDF at all—but I’ve never liked coverpages on articles: just an extra page that I rarely need. (Oh well, I’ll just print from pages 2-end.) Also, they include social networking links, like Facebook, but leave out CiteULike. Maybe they’ll fix that. Who posts JACS articles to their Facebook page??

On a side note, one feature that they should fix is in the Advanced Article Search tab: you used to be able to just insert the volume and page, and the engine would output all articles with that combination, regardless of which journal. It was a nice shortcut, because there were rarely more than three or four matches. Now the search forces you to choose a journal, which adds a slow, often unnecessary step to the search.

What do y’all think? Good or bad?


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  1. The TOC graphic is in some of the ACS journals, like Org and Nano Lett, ACS Nano and Accounts of Chemical Research… why would they need a cover sheet? Why would any of them? Waste of disk space, which, considering the hoops I had to go through to get decent resolution figures on a paper, seems to be at a premium.

    I’d post JACS articles on my facebook page. Good thing I have no friends.

    Comment by excimer — November 13, 2008 #

  2. I think I’ve posted an article to Facebook (can’t remember if it was an ACS journal or not) using the Post-to-Facebook bookmark. I’ve definitely shared a bunch with Google Reader and that shows up on Facebook.

    I agree coverpages are annoying … is there a Save pages 2-end option?

    Comment by Alex — November 14, 2008 #

  3. Ahh! The redesign eliminates TOC art in the RSS feed. WTF?!?

    Comment by sam — November 17, 2008 #

  4. […] fine with the ACS redesign. What I’m not fine with is no longer having the TOC images in my RSS feeds from ACS. What are […]

    Pingback by Everyday Scientist » acs feeds lost images — November 18, 2008 #

  5. Elimination of the TOC images from the RSS feeds on the new site?? Come on ACS, get your S@#$ together.

    Comment by minroad — November 18, 2008 #

  6. Re coverpages

    Why not install a pdf printer driver or similar, and simply print 2-end from that?

    Comment by sjb — December 3, 2008 #

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    Comment by ooopinionsss — December 3, 2008 #

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