Overview of the Follow Feature
In order to keep repository visitors up to date with new scholarship, bepress offers convenient Follow buttons throughout its sites. Visitors will find these buttons on Digital Commons repositories, SelectedWorks pages and the Digital Commons Network.
With the simple click of a button, repository visitors can use this feature to stay aware of new research.
Each week, visitors will receive an email highlighting the new research that they follow. Visitors will also have access to Follow Management, an interface that allows them to organize what and who they follow.
Follow Buttons are located on:
- Digital Commons repository homepages, community and publication pages
- Digital Commons article information pages
- Author lists for published works
- SelectedWorks pages
- The Digital Commons Network
The location where a user clicks the Follow button will determine which content they are following. For instance, clicking Follow on a publication homepage will create a “follow” for new content posted to that publication.
Once the button is clicked to follow a context or author, the button text changes to “Following.” To unfollow, click the button again or remove the entry on your Follow Management screen, described below.
Visitors can manage their Follows through Follow Management. Visitors can reach Follow Management through the Dashboard Tools section of the My Account page or by double-clicking any Follow Button.
Visitors can view and manage, from one central location, the Authors, Publications, Institutions, Disciplines and Popular scholarship that they are following.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do some published authors have Follow Buttons next to their names while others do not?
Follow Buttons appear on author lists only for published authors who have email accounts associated with their names.
Can I modify the position, color, or text of the Follow Button?
Follow Buttons maintain the same look, feel and locations throughout the bepress system. This makes it easy for visitors to follow research and authors on any site they visit.
Can I remove the Follow Buttons from my repository?
We believe the Follow Buttons encourage visitors to remain on repositories and engage with them longer. If you wish to remove the Follow Buttons from your repository, please contact bepress Consulting Services.