🔔 Get notified about new preprint activity on Sciety (Labs)

12 days ago   •   1 min read

By Mark Williams, Shane Alsop,

There has been steady growth in the submission and adoption of preprints in the past ten years, which makes keeping up to date with the latest research one of the biggest challenges for researchers evaluating preprints today.

Sciety aims to make the discovery of preprints easier by letting people follow the activity of articles, Lists, individual people and evaluating communities in an individually tailored feed. We are now trialling ways to get notified about updates in Sciety Labs, our experimental site we use to test out new features.

As of today, you can subscribe to updates from any List on Sciety. In the example below, we are using an RSS feed supplied by Sciety to trigger a weekly email digest containing links to any new articles that have been added to a List maintained by Sciety user Prachee Avasthi.

You can edit the example to link to get updates from any List on Sciety by providing the list feed URL and adding the ID number of the List. For example, for the List ID dcc7c864-6630-40e7-8eeb-9fb6f012e92b we would use the following URL: https://labs.sciety.org/lists/by-id/dcc7c864-6630-40e7-8eeb-9fb6f012e92b/atom.xml

This example uses a technology called IFTTT (IF This Then That) which takes a trigger from one tool and responds from another. You can also follow RSS feeds in Feedly or an open source equivalent.

When you explore the IFTTT site, you will see that there are many other 'applets' or recipes you can use to subscribe to RSS feeds in other applications. For example, you could perform a keyword search of the feed by DOI and send a Slack message each time an article that someone evaluates and on the Research Square preprint server. Instead of Slack, we could trigger a tweet, SMS - or ring a bell in the lab 🔔.

Try it out and let us know how you get on :)

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