Sciety offers two of the best ways to discover expert evaluations of preprint research

Staying on top of the latest evaluated preprints can be hard. Tailor your search query on Sciety to get personalised search results for the research you care about.

3 years ago   •   1 min read

By The Sciety Team

Sciety aggregates research articles alongside their evaluations from a growing range of evaluating groups, helping you decide what's important in preprint research.

With the popularity of preprints exploding in recent years it can be daunting to prioritise what to read next or save for later. Sciety lets you narrow down your search terms using special ‘operators’ so that you can include or exclude words and group words together.

For example, if you are a biophysics researcher and  want to search for the protein tmem120, you may want to include members of the family; tmem120A and tmem120B. To easily find all preprints related to this area of study they can use a wildcard operator indicated by an asterisk (*) tmem120*, which returns results related to “tmem120” plus any additional characters such as A and B.  

You can also use AND and OR operators to create combined searches. For example, you if you were searching for COVID related papers, you can create a search like ("COVID-19" OR "coronavirus" OR (""SARS" AND "virus"")).

Here's another combined search query that covers almost all of the field of membrane biophysics. It's a great example of how powerful Sciety search can be when you combine the advanced search operators.

The search term appears in the URL of the page, so you can bookmark the search to come back to another time or share the search with colleagues.

On Sciety Labs, our experimental site for data science research, you can also try out creating a feed that you can subscribe to and get updates from via an RSS reader. Here's the same example from above that covers almost all of the field of membrane biophysicbut that covers the field of membrane Biophysics, but as a feed.

The Sciety article search is powered by EuropePMC, who also provide a guide to advanced search

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