So Many Articles, So Little Time:
Web Site Feature Brings Rich Content of JSSC to Readers
"So Many Articles, So Little Time" affords busy engineers
new ways to use the Journal of Solid State Circuits. Engineers
and other researchers can now filter the Journal in four distinct
ways using the site: JSSC Bests, JSSC Classics, JSSC Tutorials, and
JSSC Zeitgeist. A link to IEEE Xplore® launches a new
window, members authenticate, and the full text article is presented.
From tutorials to cutting-edge conference papers, this gateway service
saves time and provides value-added content that goes beyond the original
SSCS Executive Director Anne O'Neill describes the genesis of this feature
as an evolution, not a revolution. "Putting the series together
was a natural progression-which we hope will save members and others
time and research and serve as a useful bookmark or favorite for their
surfing." Then she laughed. "In part, it was a backhanded
compliment that drove us. When we introduced JSSC Classics online,
a member called us a tease, as we only had a few up. His complaints
were an inspiration."
The first online feature was "The Year's Best," through which
the full text of selected articles was made available. "What better
way to demonstrate the value of the Journal to potential subscribers
than to show them our best?" asks O'Neill. "The Bests"
are chosen annually by a panel of editors on the basis of outstanding
achievement, significance, clarity of presentation, and timeliness.
Eight articles are currently online in this category.
creative use of data to drive innovative member service is a
hallmark of the "So Many Articles" feature. It saves
engineers time, focuses on great content, and helps in our mission
to disseminate technical information. Anne and the Society are
to be congratulated for this best practice, which we trust will
inspire other IEEE Societies to follow suit."
Using the annual Institute for Scientific Information Journal Citation
Study and working with IEEE Corporate Librarian Mary Jane Miller, the
Society identified articles critical to the engineering community. "The
Classics" series was developed to bring these highly cited articles
"Moving it to the Web was a natural," says O'Neill. "As
we went online with legacy content through IEEE Xplore we saw
a real opportunity to use our Web site to highlight these papers."
"So Many Articles" is more than a filter. The JSSC Classics
are fundamentals that introduced history-making ICs. The original authors
provide additional perspective on these seminal articles, making this
feature a model of expanded online content, a great benefit to members
and other scholars. Truly indispensable, and now easily identified through
the site, JSSC Classics are already a favorite bookmark for SSCS
With Bests and Classics in place, a consolidated approach
to present content from the life of the Journal was coming together.
O'Neill led the charge, one section at a time. "Not because I saw
the destination," she says. "I just got on the path."
"Tutorials started as a result of a member survey,"
O'Neill recalls. "While Society members registered high satisfaction
levels overall (more than 90%), we found that the higher the education
level, the higher their satisfaction with the Society."
The AdCom felt that improving Society services in the area of continuing
education was an opportunity. But was there tutorial content in the
JSSC archive? Using INSPEC classifications, IEEE Manager of Indexing
and Database Production Adam Philippidis identified 23 tutorial articles-dating
from 1986. O'Neill chose to include abstracts with the tutorial listing
on the SSCS site. She felt that people may be looking to fill educational
gaps, and the abstract is particularly useful in determining the applicability
of the tutorials.
The growing JSSC feature set was nearly complete.
The Society was delighted to discover that JSSC is the most popularly
downloaded journal in IEEE. In fact, reports show that nearly 20% of
the articles downloaded via IEEE Xplore are from the JSSC.
This was a clear indication of more valuable JSSC content. Thus
was born the JSSC Zeitgeist-a dynamic and growing collection
reflective of the research activity of tens of thousands of IEEE Xplore
users. The posted list is constrained to about two to five of the most
popular articles per issue. "Articles just a couple of months old
can grow rapidly in popularity as readers exchange recommendations.
The selected list features both those June articles with three or four
times more downloads than a more recent article, as well as the top
fresh December articles," said O'Neill explaining the selection
process. Once again, data drove development, and the final feature of
the JSSC "So Many Articles, So Little Time" site was
put into place in late 2002.
The top downloaded articles from each issue will be added to the Zeitgeist
within several weeks of publication. Other features will be updated
annually, providing excellent content to return to again and again.
"While every IEEE member can see abstracts of all content in IEEE
Xplore, I see this pre-selection feature as an efficiency activity,"
says O'Neill. "SSCS is always interested in efficient use of the
engineer's time. Visiting these areas is a great way to catch up."
"So Many Articles, So Little Time" at http://sscs.org/jssc.htm.
All of the content identified through the Bests, Classics, Tutorials,
and Zeitgeist links is accessible at no charge to members of the
Solid-State Circuits Society.
JSSC Editor Bernhard Boser at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
and SSCS Executive Director Anne O'Neill at <a.oneill
@ieee.org> would appreciate feedback about the existing features
and encourage suggestions for other services.