Torre Halscott, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
While many readers enjoy staying up-to-date with the latest research and opinions in obstetrics and gynecology through their physical copy of Obstetrics & Gynecology
they receive in the mail each month, there are many great aspects to doing so through online access to the journal. Once you sign in to the web page
with your username and password
, you’ll find yourself presented with the current issue. Scrolling down the page brings you to the articles in the same order as they appear in each hard copy issue. Once you’ve found the article that you’re looking for, you may notice some features available right away. Below the title and author information, there are links to Journal Club, UpToDate
, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, as well as Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
supplements if available. Just underneath these are additional resources, including “In Brief” (a one-line description of the major finding(s) of the research), links to bring up the abstract or whole article via PDF, as well as the ability to add an article to “Favorites” (if you are logged in to the site), and an option to request permission to use tables and figures from articles in other texts or presentations.
After clicking on the article’s title you will come to the full text of the paper in HTML format. Again, the right side of the screen will contain additional features, in a box called “Article Tools.” Included here are icons to obtain the PDF or EPUB versions of the article (for tablets and eReaders), and the options to print, add it to a favorites folder, export to citation management software, be alerted when the research is cited, as well as to request permissions. Right after this is the ability to see all of the images from the article in a gallery, slideshow, or even export them directly for use into a presentation. Also there are multiple social media icons, for example, email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ to help “get the word out.” Continuing down the page from this you’ll find several boxes with “Related Links” to similar topical resources as well as options to access articles that were also read by those who looked at this paper.
Within the article there are useful buttons to take you “Back to Top” or to the “Article Outline,” so you can skip to any area of the paper that you like. A great feature of the web site version is that there are links to the pertinent table or figure in the portion of the article that discusses it. These can then be zoomed in or out, viewed in full screen, exported to PowerPoint individually, e-mailed, or added to “favorites” also. Lastly, within the “References” section, each article has links to their citations within the article, as well as to PubMed and/or full texts of the articles.
So as you see, there are a great many wonderful additions that are available through the web-based version of an article. Hopefully soon you’ll use some of these features to get even more from the Green Journal!