How should we display print references online? – asking for your advice

We are looking to include over 500 of our book titles in SRMO. Within SRMO each chapter of a title will display on a single web page (a little like a journal article); you will be able to navigate different chapter by links to the table of contents next to the chapter text on the page.

As I look through the print copies recently it struck me how greatly the display of references varies from title to title: sometimes at the end of the chapter, sometimes at the end of the book, sometimes within the text.

When we move these titles online it will be important to standardise the display (although feel free to challenge me on this!) of the references so that as you move from title to title or chapter to chapter you will be familiar with where to access the references next to the chapter text. Here are some options:

1) Include references that pertain to a particular chapter at the bottom of every chapter. This would mean disaggregating references, if they are at the end of a book, to reallocate them at the chapter level for the online display.

2) Include references as a separate page that you can move to through a link next to the chapter that would display the full alphabetical list of references used for the title; we would need to aggregate references if they were displayed at the chapter level into the full list

3) Include references as a separate page that you can move to through a link next to the chapter that would take you to a page that breaks the references out to a chapter level allowing you to scroll through the references for each of the different chapters; we would need to aggregate those references that are displayed at the chapter level in the book, and disaggregate references displayed as a list at the back of the title to divide them out by chapter

4) Leave references to display just as they do in the print book, either at the end of the chapter or at the end of the title, the assumption is that the variations through the product are not important here.

I hope the above makes sense?! Do you have any preference for one of the options above, or indeed, any other thoughts to help us with these questions about displaying references online?

Let me know whether any of this isn’t clear and I’ll have a go at mocking up the different options in a set of visuals.