QScience.com has made it easier than ever to comment on research articles accessed through their online platform. The Doha-based open access publisher has integrated the latest social reading software from ReadSocial, the US-based start-up founded by Travis Alber and Aaron Miller. The QScience and ReadSocial partnership makes it possible for readers of QScience journals to add commentary to any paragraph of any research article on the site, and not just at the end of the piece where the context of a comment is often lost.
This means that when other researchers come to the article they’ll see comments made by others adjacent to the relevant paragraph, and they can respond with a comment, link or image. QScience is the first academic publisher to deploy this technology.
ReadSocial is a mobile-and-web solution for publishers and developers who want to integrate universal annotations and reading groups with their content.