colwiz launches the first HTML5 Interactive PDF Reader in collaboration with Royal Society Publishing and Taylor & Francis

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Partnership with leading academic publishers to bring innovative publishing solutions to market

colwiz has announced today the launch of the first HTML5 Interactive PDF Reader. Working with internationally leading academic publishers – Royal Society Publishing and Taylor & Francis – this new technology provides researchers the ability to highlight and annotate research articles of interest as they read them for the first time on the publisher’s website.

Reading a novel is essentially a pleasurable, leisurely, largely passive process.  Reading a research article is also often pleasurable; but it is far from passive, and generally a paper is skimmed for relevance and overall content to determine whether or not detailed study is warranted.  Most researchers mark sections of text, write critical comments, or notes to themselves.  HTML5 technology has opened the way to a new generation of ways in which a researcher can interact with an article and this is what colwiz HTML5 Interactive PDF Reader provides.

The colwiz HTML5 Interactive Reader completes the end-to-end research process: Researchers can read Full Text PDF directly on publisher’s websites, take notes and annotations, save in the colwiz cloud, immediately access their articles and annotations on colwiz Web, Desktop, iOS and Android Apps, collaborate and discuss these articles with colleagues, and subsequently cite them in MS Word, Open Office and LaTeX using colwiz.

“By providing HTML5 Interactive PDF Reader integrated with colwiz reference management, collaboration and research productivity software, publishers will save precious time for researchers at each step: from initial idea, through collaboration, to publication of results.” said Prof David Gavaghan, Chief Scientist at colwiz.

Stuart Taylor, Commercial Director at the Royal Society, said “as we approach the 350th anniversary of the world’s first science journal, Royal Society Publishing continues the spirit of innovation in the field of scholarly communication. colwiz is an impressive system for building collaborative networks of researchers through their published work and we are delighted to explore how it can benefit our authors and readers”.

Gillian Howcroft, E-Products Director at Taylor & Francis Group, states “Taylor & Francis is delighted to be collaborating with colwiz.  The HTML5 implementation of colwiz was an important attraction for Taylor & Francis and its readers who are embracing this technology”.

colwiz’ Chairman Sir Michael Brady FRS said “colwiz is thrilled to be launching its innovative HTML5 PDF Reader in association with forward-looking publishers of academic journals.  In combination with our existing platforms, these position colwiz as the world’s leading independent provider of innovative publishing solutions.”

To see colwiz HTML5 Interactive PDF Reader functionality, click on “View Interactive PDF” on this article in Royal Society Interface:

About colwiz:

colwiz (collective wizdom) was founded by leading researchers from the University of Oxford.  Currently, it has two main foci for its work.  First, it is a specialist provider of comprehensive and innovative solutions for the publishing industry, primarily for publishers of academic research.  Second, and again building on the extensive research experience and publication of that research, of its Founders and members of its Board, colwiz provides a free research management, collaboration and productivity platform for individual researchers, groups, departments and organizations. Utilizing web, desktop, and mobile applications synched in real time, the platform manages the entire research lifecycle from an initial idea, through a complex collaboration, to publication of the results.

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About Royal Society Publishing:

Royal Society Publishing is the publishing division of the Royal Society. The world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, the Royal Society has been at the forefront of enquiry and discovery since its foundation in 1660. It has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas.

Royal Society Publishing publishes nine journals across the biological, physical, mathematical and engineering sciences. The collection includes well-renowned titles such as Philosophical Transactions, the very first scientific journal (1665), as well as more recent interdisciplinary titles such as the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.