Quickly flip through papers on your phone

Today, we are making it easier to use your phone to find and scan scholarly articles. Clicking a Scholar search result on your phone now opens a quick preview:

You can swipe left and right to quickly flip through the list of results. Where available, you can read abstracts. Or explore related and citing articles, which appear at the bottom of the preview along with other familiar Scholar features.

When you find an interesting article, you can click through to read it immediately, or you can tap the star icon to save it for later in your Scholar library. You’ll need to sign in to the same Google account on both the phone and the laptop to use this feature. This lets you find and save papers on your phone wherever you are. Once you get home, you can grab a cup of coffee and click “My library” on your laptop to get to your reading list.

Quick previews are available in Chrome, Safari, Samsung, and other standard browsers on recent Android and Apple phones. Sorry, they won’t work in Opera Mini or other special-purpose browsers; and they are not, at this time, available on tablets.

We would like to thank our partners in scholarly publishing that have worked with us on this. Working together, we hope to help make research more efficient everywhere.

Posted by: Alex Verstak, Software Engineer

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The evolving librarian – reconsidering teaching of boolean, CRAAP for fake news and calculating open adjusted cost per use

Life and libraries is always changing and evolving. A lot of our standard practices date back decades, but as the environment changes, we librarians should always consider if our tools or practices are in the need of a change or if they can be reused to tackle the same problem in a different form.
I’ve recently being inspired by the arguments and evidence from various blog  posts and articles to reconsider or consider the following
  • The effectiveness of teaching of Boolean particularly to first years
  • Teaching CRAAP test as a tool to spot and handle fake news
  • Using of levels of open access to adjust cost per use

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Understanding the implications of Open Citations – how far along are we?

The academic discovery space seems to be buzzing again. This space has become relatively stable after the introduction and maturity of Web Scale Discovery between 2009-2013, but things seem to be hotting up once again.

With the recent interest in integrating discovery of open access, as well as linked data (with a dash of machine learning and text mining)  we have the beginnings of an interesting situation. A third development which was harder to forsee is the rise in Open Citation movement which I will focus on in this post. Continue reading “Understanding the implications of Open Citations – how far along are we?”

Get the essence: introducing search snippets

Reading scientific papers can be very time consuming. So you should not waste a minute searching for the relevant literature. Thanks to the cutting-edge search technologies Europe PMC helps you find facts and evidence in research publications in a blink of an eye. Search results now display snippets – highlights from the article matching your query. For every result you can see up to two snippets, separated by an ellipsis. Continue reading “Get the essence: introducing search snippets”

My roundup of developments in 2017 that caught my eye.

In my final blog post of the year, I’m going to talk about some of the developments in librarianship and the related domains that caught my eye. Of course, this is by necessity going to be personal and idiosyncratic from my point of view
“Obi-Wan: Anakin, Chancellor Palpatine is evil!
Anakin Skywalker: From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!” – Revenge of the Sith (2005) Continue reading “My roundup of developments in 2017 that caught my eye.”

Open access and the versioning issue – do we need to solve this?

One of the major issues with institutional repositories is that it is difficult to get researchers to self-deposit their work. Assuming one could wave a magic wand and solve that, institutional repositories still have another barrier to overcome – the discovery barrier. With content scattered across thousands of sites, one would need an aggregator site to provide a one-search across of all them. Fortunately, Institutional (and subject) repositories were not only designed to collect deposits on a local level but it was envisioned that aggregators could be built to centralize all this work together using OAI-PMH. The unfortunate problem is that this proved to be not a simple thing. Continue reading “Open access and the versioning issue – do we need to solve this?”

Looking back, looking forward: a year in review

As 2017 concludes, we reflect on Europe PMC’s landmark achievements. Let’s take a closer look at the highlights of this year.

Cutting-edge search and viewing mechanisms

Search results now display snippets – fragments of the publication text that contain matches to your query. Snippets highlight the search term in its context, making it easier to identify the relevant content you were looking for. The snippet link on the article abstract allows you to navigate directly to where your  search terms appear in the full text. Another new feature is the publication year filter, so that you can limit your search results to a particular year, or even a year range. Continue reading “Looking back, looking forward: a year in review”

Understanding Federated identity, RA21 and other authentication methods

Debates on privacy in libraries are not new though they have recently become more heated over two issues. One issue resolves around learning analytics and this has been brewing for a while. The argument began in a different form with correlations of student success studies (which can be seen to be doing in a adhoc and limited manner what learning analytics aims to do).  While there has been talk of libraries particulating in learning analyticsthis particular Educause talk seems to have triggered librarians. Continue reading “Understanding Federated identity, RA21 and other authentication methods”

Signposts from the Future – scenario planning at BMJ

In this guest blog, Katy Alexander, Head of Strategic Marketing for Journals at BMJ takes a fascinating look into the future…..

It’s 2037, the fourth industrial revolution has come and gone. The medical research landscape is highly automated and cloud based. Medical researchers are required to combine scientific qualifications with advanced programming and policy/communications expertise, patients are driving the healthcare research agenda and the very nature of disease is disrupted by technology. While some of this may seem implausible, I’ll bet that a number of us would have said the same in late 1990s when the scenarios of the time were pointing towards a potential future when the publishing industry would become a technology industry, prey to small disruptive innovations companies. Continue reading “Signposts from the Future – scenario planning at BMJ”

Scholarly maps, recommenders & reference managers at Crossref Live 17

I recently attended the Crossref Live17 event in Singapore. I discovered that these events often have a heavy publisher presence, who make up most of their membership.

Still, I am a bit of a doi nerd, and I have long enjoyed watching Crossref webinars to understand what goes on in the background for dois to work (hint, it helps a lot for troubleshooting broken links in our discovery services) and recently started playing with their Crossref event data API, so it was a good opportunity to attend a non-librarian conference. It helped that it was held just a stone’s throw away from where I work and needed no registration fees to attend. I really enjoyed it, and am still thinking about what was presented days after the event, particularly the discovery implications. Continue reading “Scholarly maps, recommenders & reference managers at Crossref Live 17”

Harness the power of text-mining for biomedical discovery: introducing Europe PMC Annotations API

We are excited to announce the launch of Europe PMC Annotations API, which provides programmatic access to annotations text-mined from biomedical abstracts and open access full text articles. The Annotations API is a part of Europe PMC’s programmatic tools suit and is freely available on the Europe PMC website: https://europepmc.org/AnnotationsApi. The exponential growth in scientific data and scholarly content cannot be addressed by conventional means of information discovery. Text-mining offers a practical solution to scale information extraction and advance biomedical research. However its application is still limited, partially due to the technical know-how needed to set up a text-mining pipeline. Nonetheless, even non-specialists can capitalize on the text-mining outcomes. Making the text-mining outputs openly available can enable a broad audience of researchers and developers to address current challenges in biomedical literature analysis. For that reason, Europe PMC has established a community annotation platform. It consolidates text-mined annotations from various providers and makes them available both via the Europe PMC website as text highlights using the SciLite application, and now programmatically, with the Europe PMC Annotations API. Continue reading “Harness the power of text-mining for biomedical discovery: introducing Europe PMC Annotations API”

4 New things about Google Scholar – UI, recommendations, and citation networks

I’m actually a pretty big fan of Google Scholar, which in some ways is better than our library discovery service ,but even if you aren’t a fan, given it’s popularity it’s important for librarians to keep up with the latest developments.

In any case, I’m happy to see that Google continues to enhance Google Scholar with new features. These are some of the new features and things I’ve learnt about Google Scholar lately. Continue reading “4 New things about Google Scholar – UI, recommendations, and citation networks”

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