Do you need to monitor authors who are publishing on your topic?
Inspecting the “body of evidence” is a requirement for scientific authors. As authors of biomedical articles, we are scientifically obligated to do a thorough and unbiased review of the literature when writing our own articles. The advent of modern information retrieval systems has helped the authors in locating relevant prior work. However, the review of literature still is an arduous and time-consuming task.
After an article is published, there is a sharp decline in authors’ review of the literature for new publications on the same topic. Few, if any, dispute the usefulness of monitoring new publications. But the task seems too hard and time consuming for the authors of biomedical publications, given their other clinical, teaching, administrative, and research commitments.
Imagine a service that would update you on newly published material with only minimal effort on your part. You provide
- the ID of your publication (like the PMID of your article, or the citation or title),
- the frequency with which you would like to receive the updates (e.g., every 3 months), and
- your e-mail address.
The rest of the work is done automatically by the service:
- The PMID is used to locate your article,
- then an algorithm is used to rank all the biomedical publications based on their “relatedness” to your article,
- the list of ranked related articles is narrowed down by the publication date (within the previous 3 months), and
- the service e-mails the results to your inbox.
The service automatically repeats the steps based on the frequency that you have requested.
BioMedLib monitors the biomedical literature and updates you on the recent articles published on your topic.
Some search engines can find “related citations” of your article. They usually have the ability to limit a given search to a specific publication date. But they may lack the ability to do both (subsetting by ‘relatedness’ and ‘publication date’) simultaneously, which decreases the usefulness of the results significantly.
The following picture is an example of the content composed and sent by the BioMedLib service.
Since the list of articles are sorted based on their “closeness” to user’s article, then user’s article itself will be at the top of the list. This however does not imply that user’s article is necessarily better than any other article of the list.
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