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Science Journals’ New Site Enlivens Communication of Leading Research and Elevates Scientist Voices

September 9, 2021

Washington, DC – Following a top-to-bottom redesign, content published on the Science journals website is more integrated, discoverable, and visually engaging than ever before. In late August, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the publisher of the Science family of journals, moved its full suite of online offerings to Atypon’s online publishing platform, Literatum.

“The new Science journals website gives readers more of what they want and positions them to be apprised of a wide range of critical science and policy issues at a glance,” said Holden Thorp, Editor-in-Chief. “Readers who visit can absorb new research from all six journals on a single page, find timely commentary and news front and center, and immerse themselves in our award-winning visuals.” 

The layout of science.org also makes reader navigation seamless, thanks to improved wayfinding on each page and global navigation tools that point back to the site’s core offerings. And viewers who come to the site from social media platforms will be directed to more of the content that first attracted them. 

“This is all in service of being a leader in communicating cutting-edge research,” Thorp said.

“The AAAS has been a world leader in science communication since its founding in 1880,” shared Gordon Tibbitts, Atypon’s General Manager, “and it is an honor to be working together. Our platform has helped AAAS to fully integrate its incredible range of content into a single site built to optimize the experience of readers.  The new Science site, designed by Atypon Studio in partnership with Sciences design team, makes it easy to stay on top of and engage with relevant news and research, bringing audiences a more productive and immersive online experience.”

The move to Atypon’s online publishing platform comprises all of Science’s content, including the archives dating back to 1880, the research and commentary in Science Translational MedicineScience SignalingScience ImmunologyScience Robotics, and the open-access journal Science Advances, as well as News from ScienceScience Careers, blog, video, podcast, and Custom Publishing content.

During development of science.org, the global homepage received special attention. The new homepage provides a sampling of content in the latest issues of each of the six journals. It also quickly connects readers to the voices of leading global experts commenting on scientific issues of the day, such as the likelihood of an animal origin for SARS-CoV-2. “The new website will further elevate these scientists’ voices as they seek to facilitate dialogue on issues that matter to scientists as professionals, to scientists seeking to engage with the public, and between groups of scientists,” said Thorp. 

The site’s global homepage regularly refreshes content that readers historically favor, including podcast, video, and feature stories from Science’s award-winning news team. All content on the new site is easy to view on mobile platforms. The site is also designed in accordance with the latest internet accessibility standards.

The redesign makes reading individual papers especially enjoyable. Readers will be able to zoom into, download, and share study images, using a new figure-viewer tool. It will allow them to interrogate central images, like the figures in the 27 August Science report by Townshend et al., which introduces a new machine learning method that improves prediction of RNA structures.

New pages on science.org include landing pages for all six journals that quickly give readers a sense of a journal’s scope; a page that highlights Editorials, Policy Forums, Letters, and other commentary from across the journals; and a page dedicated to new posts from the Visuals Blog and from the Editor’s Blog – which comments on, among other topics, thought-provoking new content, like a 2021 podcast series on race and science. 

For more information on the Science family journals’ new website, please visit the following page: https://www.science.org/content/page/science-family-journals-moving.

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About the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational MedicineScience Signaling; a digital, open-access journal, Science AdvancesScience Immunology; and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes more than 260 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement and more.

About Atypon

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