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New features to help follow and filter your interests, on F1000Prime

Posted Apr 08 2013 11:21am

A growing number of tools aim to help scientists filter and discover relevant papers and, in some cases, provide information on research impact not based on the Impact Factor. Amongst these alternative or article-level metrics tools is F1000Prime. F1000Prime adds expert commentary and context to the raw numbers – social media shares, page views, etc – of alternative metrics, which the community are, for the most part, still seeking to fully comprehend.

F1000Prime article scores and the underlying recommendation service mean it functions both as an alternative metric and as a literature search and discovery tool. F1000Prime helps scientists deal with information overload by finding research scientists really need to read, and helps them understand papers quickly.

Other tools that aid literature discovery and cover different but overlapping content sources include Mendeley , Google Scholar , Scopus , newer services such as ReadCube , and, in life sciences, PubMed . And there are others. With so many web services to check to ensure complete coverage of the literature are scientists now also faced with tool overload? It has long been impossible for an individual to read every journal that might be of interest. Arguably, it’s rapidly becoming impossible to check the website of every service you’re interested in – unless perhaps you’re a systematic reviewer.

Tailoring content alerts to users’ preferences and search terms is a way of optimizing literature search tools – filtering the filters, if you like. Indeed, registered users of F1000Prime tell us that the email alerting service – to Faculty recommended papers matching their interests, favorite sections, journals or search terms – is one of the most valuable features. In a recent technical update to the F1000Prime website we’ve extended this alerting functionality with several new features that make the article alerting and recommendation experience more specific, useful – and a little more social. See these blogs for more information:

New features: Follow articles and Faculty Members

New feature: Nominate articles

We’re continually working on new features and tools at F1000 and we’re interested in all user feedback – what can we do, what can we do better or differently. If you have a suggestion, assume it’s possible, and share your views through your preferred media channel – social or otherwise .

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