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A feature request to improve the publications listing page.

Proposal

Currently, the publications listing is visually quite flat. Also, the current view simply lists all publications in chronological order, not offereing any visual identity of what the publications are, or what type of content they contain. We propose to make the publications section template more flexible, as well as making the types of the publications stand out more to the user, aiding them to visually filter the publications at a glance. We will make the publications landing page configurable. We will develop options for editors to be able to display the publications in different formats. In line with this, we will also develop the functionality that will allow users to promote important publications to the users of the site. We propose to use tags rather than images, as with publications for example a book icon may be similar to a chapter icon, and this can lead to confusion, if not explained properly.


Stories

AS AN EDITOR I want it to be easier to identify what type a publication is by visual representation, using tags SO THAT it brings the list of publications to life a bit, and makes it easier for a user to differentiate between the different types of publication on my website.

AS AN EDITOR I want to be able to display the publications in a tabbed format (broken down by any of the available filters to the user, e.g. 'Type') SO THAT I can make it clear to the user what type of publication they are looking at immediately.

AS AN EDITOR I want to be able to define the order of the tabs SO THAT I can make sure I show the publications that are most important on the first tab.

AS A USER I want to be able to visually identify the type of a publication quickly, so that I know what I am looking at and do not have to read through information that is irrelevant to me SO THAT I can quickly get the information that I require.

AS AN EDITOR I want to have the ability to promote publications that I choose from all of the publicaitons on my site prominently in the publications section SO THAT I can showcase any important publications.


Submission


What are you trying to do that our product is not able to support?

We would like to be able to clearly identify which publications are journal articles, books, book chapters, working papers, policy/research briefs, reports, and others. This could be with a tag or more preferably something more eyecatching - e.g. a logo for each, or book cover picture - and also the ability to display the list by tab for publication type. Being able to highlight one or two key publications at the top of the page, or at the side, would also be useful.

What is the reason that you need to be able to do this?

Currently it's a long dull list with no clear differentiation by publication type, which is OK if you largely publish one type of publication but less so if you have numerous and wish to be able to highlight those deemed most important.

What is the impact of you not being able to do this?

Unhappy academics who see their books and important journal articles being given the same weight as reports, research briefs or working papers!

Comments

Anne Bowtell says:
Friday, 25 November 2016, 3.40 pm

The Haiku Oversight Committee thought it would be good to make the publication pages more interactive and interesting, giving departments the option to showcase some of their output. It would be nice to have some design ideas to explore and it would also be interesting to see how this has been done on other websites (perhaps even publishers' websites).