Scientific articles have only been able to show a representation of what the researcher can see on their microscope slides. This is typically a color image and can be expanded to fit a computer screen. But just imagine how much more powerful it would be if an online reader could zoom in to look at that slide as though it were under the microscope. This is exactly what SAGE Scope will be able to do.
SAGE has developed SAGE scope as a new tool that provides readers with interactive slide imagery as supplements to articles posted on SAGE Journals Online. The digital pathology scanning and hosting will be provided by Flagship Biosciences, and powered by SlidePath’s Digital Image Hub software.
Effectively readers will be able to view the pathology slides not as a flat image, but as if they were seeing it under their own light microscope. The ultra-high resolution slide with the proper digitization software can pan, zoom, and focus slides while adding specific application functionality unique to each user. Researchers are able to drill down to 20x magnification with rich detail and high resolution, giving them full access to all the data the author or authors saw when they took the sample.
Ron Epstein our Director of STM Journals is very excited about this new service and believes that for the first time it will give the reader the chance to discover the information more closely to the way the author intended. SAGE is first academic publishers to create an active digital database for this, and sees further potential for use in its medical journals.
SAGE scope can be seen now in selected SAGE Journals Online. To view the digital files please go to our first SAGE Scope site here, login as username: guest password: guest. Select VetPath, Volume 48, Issue 1.
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