I had some time today to play around with the new Wiley Online Library. It’s a nice interface and packs an amazing amount of information (and links to information) in a small area. It’s pleasing to the eye with a good amount of white space, crisp font (albeit small which I’m cool with) and no annoyingly bright colors. Some of the features I used included:
Search: It offers a basic search (all fields/pub title) and advanced search (13 different field options with date limiters) and browse options by title or subject.
Results: 20 per screen, ranked by “best match” with option to change to date. Results are easily filtered by format type – journal, book, database, lab protocol. A small yellow padlock icon showing the lock open indicates that a user has access to that content (assuming this is based on IP or your credentials once logged in).
Accounts: Individuals can create accounts to save books, journals and searches in a profile and set-up alerts.
Tools: Each result offers a tools section to create content alerts, get RSS feeds, save to my profile, or get a sample copy (when available). Books have a chapter toolbar with similar functionality.
Menus: Each format type – journal, book, database, lab protocol offers a menu with a variety of services offered for each. Journals offers the most with: find issues, find articles, journal information, and information for contributors.
Records: Each individual record contains a plethora of information, again nice and compact with links to expand/hide information on the screen. A journal article I viewed offered the abstract, article, figures, and references in addition to a citation, author info, and publication history.
Full text: html or PDF, options to email or save to profile. PDF’s were easy enough to save from Adobe. Full text html includes many internal links to figures, sections, references, and external links to websites. The “cited literature” section even links out to the citation of that article in various databases. These options are only in the html however.
Pay-per-view: options to purchase 24 hour access to articles, books, and other content. Requires that one login with their account and enter billing address/credit card info. I didn’t go that far so I have no idea what the going rate was for 24 hour access.
I’m sure there are a number of other features that I’ve not found yet because the interface offers so much! Wiley offers some websites with features/benefits info. The only consistent problem I had in navigation was getting back to my results list. I never did find a “results list” link and had to use the back button quite a bit.
I think they did an incredible job with the interface. Looks great and offers a lot. The best looking interface I’ve seen in a long time.