Behind the Scenes: New Platform!

On the surface, it would be easy to miss the changes over at, but over the past few weeks, the folks at Elsevier have completely overhauled the underlying platform to create a faster, friendlier reader experience. We thought we’d give the eAJKD community an inside look at a few of the new features.

Improved searchingemmet taxonomy

When you begin typing a term in the search box, the site will suggest auto-completions, based on the same taxonomy used in Elsevier’s semantic search engine ClinicalKey. And, a new “Search within collection” link allows you to limit your results to those within one of AJKD’s Collections, including the Quiz Page Collection.

Easy search filteringarticle type filters

You can easily narrow your search by basic article type, by Collection (Core Curriculum in Nephrology, In Translation, Kidney Biopsy Teaching Case, etc), by author name, or by year of publication.

Faster access to the archivepast_issues

One of the pain points of the previous platform was that browsing the archive required selecting issues via multiple dropdown menus. No more! The new List of Issues page lets you navigate directly to the issue or supplement you’re looking for, and shows you which supplements are freely available to all.

Quick journal metricsau-location

A new Journal Insights widget on the home page gives visitors access to  information on AJKD’s impact and article influence, and also tracks publication speed and the geographical distribution of AJKD authors.

New mobile-optimized viewmobile site

With’s new responsive design, accessing the website with your smartphone or tablet will now bring you to the mobile-optimized version of the website.

Or, download the AJKD iPad app from iTunes, login with your subscriber details, and have new issues automatically download to Newsstand.

Other less visible changes include improved search engine crawl and indexing and better content loading, which should help make articles more visible for authors and the user experience smoother for readers. To take full advantage of the new AJKD platform all you need to do is log in. If you are having trouble activating your access to AJKD as an NKF member, see the Claiming online access to AJKD page for a quick guide to getting up and running.

Post by Elizabeth Frank, AJKD Features and Projects Editor, and Nijsje Dorman, AJKD Managing Editor.


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