David Martinsen: Strategic Integration of Article Content: Managing Supplemental Materials

David Martinsen
ACS Publications, Senior Scientist, Web Strategy and Innovation

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Adding supplemental materials sounded like such a good idea. They were intended to give the author additional opportunities to explain their research and to improve science by providing easy access to data needed to replicate studies without increasing workloads or costs. Those journals that have attracted a lot of supplemental materials are now struggling to keep up with reviewing and managing them. With no standards or best practices to guide their presentation, readers are often at a loss trying to find them or understand the context for them. A new initiative is working on finding common solutions.