We’re excited to announce the following five publishers have made it through to the next stage of our new ‘Best publisher user experience award’.
1.Bloomsbury: Bloomsbury Digital Resources
The Bloomsbury Publishing platform is not a single website: it is a custom-built solution that enables Bloomsbury staff to publish an extraordinary range of new online platforms (12 sites delivered since 2017). In order to meet the specialist needs of subject-specific users in a wide range of disciplines, the platform supports 20 different content types, including images, multimedia and interactive tools, and has highly flexible configuration options. For Bloomsbury Architecture Library, we added the Building Page and Glossary features, and these are incorporated alongside encyclopedias, scholarly books, image galleries, a Timeline and World Map to create an immersive, visually-rich resource.
2. Cambridge University Press – Cambridge Core
In 2016 Cambridge University Press launched a new digital content platform – Cambridge Core. The design and architecture of the new offering was driven entirely by the needs of its users. Through a journey of customer co-creation, Cambridge was able to draw out primary motivations, drivers and behaviours to create an experience that was truly fit for purpose. The result was an intuitive experience which put the moments that matter at the heart of the journey, thereby alleviating the overwhelming pain point for researchers: lack of time.
3. Emerald Publishing – Emerald Insight
Emerald are committed to making research that benefits society visible and easy to discover for the widest possible audience. This is why, in July 2019, we launched a new Emerald Insight platform that has been entirely reimagined and rebuilt.
Co-developed in conjunction with 18 universities from around the world, their close involvement and the time taken to listen and respond to their needs means the platform is uniquely tailored and provides an invaluable tool for academics, librarians and students alike. Every decision was tested and validated in partnership with our communities to ensure it makes both researchers’ and readers’ lives easier.
Two sites, manchesterhive (paid for content) and manchesteropenhive (open access content) were carefully developed through engagement with many stakeholders, including librarians, readers, authors and editors.
Benefits to users are that all MUP content, books, journals and collections are hosted in a responsive and easy-to-use environment with a clean and contemporary design, with the added facility of being able to search across the two sites. We offer unrestricted simultaneous user access through IP authentication with remote access provided by Shibboleth and OpenAthens that is DRM free. COUNTER usage statistics are also available.
Benefits for our authors and editors include greater discoverability and accessibility for publications, greater promotion and visibility, and increased global readership.
5. University of Michigan Press – Ebook Collection on Fulcrum
The University of Michigan Press ebook collection launched in January 2019 on Fulcrum, a publishing platform built by University of Michigan Library in partnership with the University of Michigan Press. Fulcrum’s design principles of flexibility, durability, discoverability, and accessibility ensure an inclusive, intuitive user experience of enhanced digital scholarly monographs. Features include simple discovery of open access content, DRM-free downloads in multiple formats, temporary access links to restricted content that can be shared with non-subscribing readers, and the use of EPUB as the collection’s primary content format for its accessibility benefits and support for enhanced digital scholarly monographs.