The Living Reviews Publishing Platform

Robert Forkel

Heinz Nixdorf Center for Information Management
in the Max Planck Society

Overview

The Living Reviews Publishing Platform consists of

  • the Living Reviews concept - in particular the type of publication, i.e. solicited, peer refereed review articles (see http://www.livingreviews.org/faq.html)
  • the common technical infrastructure (production server, test server and journal hosting environment) and
  • the ePublishing Toolkit, a software package providing tools to help in publishing scientific content on the web. (see https://dev.livingreviews.org/projects/epubtk)

The full platform is offered to journals which are members of the Living Reviews consortium. But all parts except for the infrastructure and the brand can be used independently for free.

History

For more information about the history and reception of Living Reviews, follow the links provided here.

What do we publish?

Solicited, peer-refereed review articles.

A new journal startup needs approval by consortium of existing ones.

For the concept of a particular journal see the LRR concept.

How do we publish?

Take advantage of the web:

While we publish "online only", a printable high-quality PDF version of our publications is still deemed indispensable. The online HTML versions are considered the authoritative versions, though, since they reflect updates immediately.

Taking full advantage of the medium does also mean that publications can be updated and the changes being visible to all online readers immediately.

To make discovery of our content easy, we disseminate our metadata via

  • an OAI static repository gateway,
  • ADS,
  • RSS (i.e. make it available to feed crawlers),
  • RDF (i.e. make it available to semantic web applications).

For an example of how well Google works as disseminator, see the "Referring Site Report" and the "Search Query Report" in our web log analysis.

Infrastructure

The production and the development server are hosted at the RZG in Garching, the test server at the AEI.

Find more information about the technical infrastructure here.

Using the Infrastructure

Again, more information is provided here.

Software Components

Find more information on the ePubTk homepage. In particular, details about the components can be found here:

Publication Builder

HTML Output

Screenshot of a browser window displaying an article

Screenshot of a browser window displaying an article from Living Reviews in Relativity.

PDF Output

Screenshot of the PDF version of the same article snippet

Screenshot of the PDF version of the same article snippet displayed in Acrobat Reader.

Reference Database

Reference Database Import

Screenshot of import screen of the reference database management GUI

Screenshot of import screen of the reference database management GUI. Potential duplicates from a new set of references can be inspected and either be merged with existing records in the database or be marked as different.

BibTeX Import Filter

Screenshot of the BibTeX filter application for the reference database

Screenshot of the BibTeX filter application for the reference database. This application allows to

  • trigger various checks on a BibTeX database containing references of a publication,
  • edit the fields of records in the BibTeX database,
  • create an XML file from the BibTeX database which is valid for importing into the reference database.

Search Interface

Screenshot of the web-based search interface for the reference database

Screenshot of the web-based search interface for the reference database of Living Reviews in Relativity. Note the context dependent suggestions for the author input field.

Register

Register Management GUI

Screenshot of the management GUI for a journal's register data

Screenshot of the management GUI for a journal's register data.

Journal Builder

EIMS

Due to the special kind of publications, our workflow is special, too. Find the details here.

If interest is voiced, a test instance of EIMS to try out may be installed.

Task List

Screenshot of the Tasks screen of EIMS

Screenshot of the "Tasks" screen of EIMS.

Report List

Screenshot of a list of available reports in EIMS

Screenshot of a list of available reports in EIMS.

Detailed Report

Screenshot of the Report screen for a workflow item in EIMS

Screenshot of the "Report" screen for a workflow item (in this case a publication) in EIMS.

Future

LR Publishing Platform

Thanks for your attention!

Questions?

For more information, see the outline view of this presentation.