Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy

Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy Adds
Interactive Capabilities to Enhance Scholarly Articles
Teamwork with U.S. National Library of Medicine enables readers to engage with SSPP articles

November 21, 2011 (Bethesda) – As part of a parallel mission to enhance scholarly communication, editors of Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy (SSPP) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine worked together to transform two SSPP articles from traditional static documents into self-contained, multimedia-rich interactive publications.  They are the debut pieces in SSPP’s initiative to create articles that engage and respond to the reader.

The 2008 SSPP article, A modest proposal: global rationalization of ecological footprint to eliminate ecological debt by Brian Ohl, Steven Wolf, & William Anderson and 2011 article, Using Q-methodology to identify local perspectives on wildfires in two Koyukon Athabascan communities in rural Alaska by Lily Ray can be viewed using a web-based application called Panorama Lite developed by the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, an R&D division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.  This visualization and analysis tool enables readers to display and explore figures, illustrations, charts, tables, video and images, transforming fixed, scholarly articles into dynamic publications with interactive capabilities.

SSPP’s interactive articles allow the reader to go beyond the printed page and into author-provided data to derive new relationships and analyses and then, export the material for scientific research. This refreshing take on the data and statistical tools enhances understanding of the content and establishes a platform for deeper analysis of material in tables and charts.

For more information about Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, please access To learn more about Panorama Lite, visit


Amy Forrester
Managing Editor
Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy