Journal of Biological Sciences



The Journal of Biological Sciences posed an interesting problem. The copy was dense, difficult, and outside the scope of my interests. Here's a title of one of the articles:

A Comparison of Invasive and Non-Invasive Soil Communities
on Native Seedling Growth

My eyes strained under the weight of hyper-specific technical language: Hedera helix, Liriodendron tulipifera, and Xylella fastidious. There was also a bunch of data that I wasn't qualified to verify, though I was able to make sure the metrological symbols were properly formatted and consistent throughout: .331 mM and .663 mM; 5 µL, 10 µL, and 15 µL; and so on.

I edited and re-edited, checked and double-checked what was written in the body with the provided graphs before publishing the digital materials.

  Web Standards   

The original site was created in Drupal, and it featured a beautiful rolling carousel. The install was done by James Brown Jr., and I followed his design principles.

To my surprise, the University allowed variation on their logo — the color scheme was changed to black-and-white, giving the final product a paper-like feel.

The site itself was minimalist, clean, and had all the decorative touches of a sterile laboratory. Red hyperlinks served as gloss.

Despite the bare-bones aesthetic, the header design and the image carousel were pretty enough. Fonts, images, and other design elements had to be chosen carefully because the site was under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

The University has since redesigned much of the original site. They kept the carousel and the body architecture, but the new version appears be running off a different CMS.

That said, the OG version of the site has been archived in the Wayback machine. Because of the nature of internet archival services, some of the links are broken. But if you want to check it out, then you can probably click here.

Also, here are two of the print based articles that I copyedited. There's nothing much to see here unless you care about the science. It's very content forward.