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“The world is now in a race against the clock, warns a new United Nations climate report.” (November 2018)
The Emissions Gap Report, 2018 assesses the latest scientific studies on current and estimated future greenhouse gas emissions and compares these with the emission levels permissible for the world to progress on a least-cost pathway to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. This difference between “where we are likely to be and where we need to be” is known as the ‘emissions gap’.
Current commitments expressed in the NDCs are inadequate to bridge the emissions gap in 2030. Technically, it is still possible to bridge the gap to ensure global warming stays well below 2°C and 1.5°C, but if NDC ambitions are not increased before 2030, exceeding the 1.5°C goal can no longer be avoided. Now more than ever, unprecedented and urgent action is required by all nations. The assessment of actions by the G20 countries indicates that this is yet to happen; in fact, global CO2 emissions increased in 2017 after three years of stagnation.
“The science is clear; for all the ambitious climate action we’ve seen—governments need to move faster and with greater urgency. We’re feeding this fire while the means to extinguish it are within reach”.
Who is really concerned ?
All countries need to work to bring down their emissions. But some are more concerned : China, the United States, the European Union, and India—which together account for more than 56% of all the greenhouse gases. China, accounting for 27% emissions contributor !
We’ve been working for the last 8 months on a brand new Peerus version. We couldn’t wait any longer to show it to all of you.
This brand new design will be launched this september!
The creation process
Last January, the team started the work on the new Peerus. Our purpose was to create something that would make your experience easier and that would fit your needs as researchers.
Since the beginning of the year, we were focus on giving a fresh start to the webapp. The team had to took a step back to identify what were the main points to improve and which solutions we could create to fix them. Most importantly, we had in mind to understand how could this new Peerus benefit our users.
To corroborate our first analysis and feelings, we worked closely with several researchers to get their first impressions and improve the next features.
What are the next features?
The team intended to add new ways to start, customize and organize your scientific monitoring.
Therefore, we would like to introduce you some of the features that will be available soon thanks to the new Peerus:
Like or hide papers that seems relevant or not according to your resarch field
Choose the cards view to customize your feeds display
Get a global view of all your feeds thanks to the Feeds Overview
Building a new feed will be easier, more intuitive and user friendly
And many others features and improvements will be available on the next version of Peerus: we will let you know shortly once its available!
The team can’t wait to show it to you and to get your thoughts and impressions about it. As we’ve already said, our goal was to create a tool that could fit your needs and answered your issues in your daily life as researchers.
Peerus is continuously improving thanks to your helpful feedback. As you may already know, we have just launched an improved version of Peerus a few days ago.
Our platform has been giving you access to a paper’s title, author and abstract information. Today, we would like to introduce you to one of the new features: the direct download button. This will allow you to access papers faster and easier than before.
You can now set up your affiliation to your research institute to facilitate paper downloads.
No more redirections on journal websites, download directly on Peerus! To enable this, simply go to your Settings.
How to set up this feature?
Here’s how to set up your account:
1. Go to the Settings button at the top right of the webapp.
2. Find the Library Full-text URL for full text access button and click on “Change Full-text Proxy”
3. Set up your URL affiliation (for example, if you are a CNRS researcher, you can add the URL http://insis.bib.cnrs.fr/login?url=%@)
4. A new button “Full Text” will appear next to the “View Paper” button on a paper’s details
Today, we have some exciting news that we wanted to share with you guys.
From 0 to 150,000
After reaching 100,000 users a few weeks ago, we’re delighted to make a new announcement.
Just before reaching the second anniversary of Peerus’ launch in January, we reached an amazing milestone: 150,000 researchers have now joined the Peerus adventure! Peerus would be nothing without you, your support and your feedback…and we really want to thank you.
About the new features
Two months ago, we shared with you the results of our poll in which you had to choose the new features you would most like to see on Peerus.
We worked hard to add new journals to follow and we have already added nearly 1,800 journals on the webapp since the end of the poll!
Here are some journals that you can follow right now on Peerus:
Do not hesitate to connect on Peerus to discover other brand new journals to monitor and to find out if a journal that matters to you was added!
You can also have a look at the journals we already had on the webapp right here.
We’d like to thank you for your participation in our poll. Having reached 100 000 users two weeks ago was meaningful to us to know you better in order to adapt the platform to your exact needs and expectations .
At the beginning…
We launched Peerus a year and a half ago now. The project was available in a beta version and we knew that many improvements would need to be developed.
Thanks to our experience in the research world, we know how long, painful and laborious scientific monitoring is. It was important to us to bring a solution to the paper watch issue as soon as possible. The solution we came up with was Peerus.
We want Peerus to fit your researcher’s life. It’s been designed from research for research so it needs to be ideal.
Today, a series of improvements is about to start, thanks to you! Your support and investment motivate us every day to make Peerus better than it was yesterday.
For many months, we listened to all your feedbacks and we have noticed that several new features were relevant to you.
Thanks to your votes, we could prioritize your favourite features. As a reminder, 7 features were proposed threw the poll. Here’s the full list below:
New journals added
Direct PDF download via institution login
Mendeley and Zotero integration
Multicriteria research way
Add an author from a paper’s summary
Share a paper on Twitter
After 2 weeks, the poll is now closed and here are the results.
As we promised you, we’ll let you know about the next features’ progress regularly on this blog and on our Twitter and Facebook.
Please, keep letting us know about your ideas for the platformto build Peerus together.
Three months ago, we were celebrating with you 50 000 users on Peerus.
Today, we write this article to let you know that we have reached 100,000 users! This is a major step in the development of the platform. The team that lies behind the octopus would like to thank you for your trust and your support these last months.
We had to celebrate this event with you. Our promise for this year? New journals added, optimized search for papers, a newsletter and many other updates. You will find significant improvements on the platform with new features that you will select. You will fully participate in Peerus’ development.
How? Simply vote for your favourite improvement among those that we offer today! Here is the list of 7 features coming soon on Peerus. You can vote on the blog but also on our social networks Twitter and Facebook. You have 2 week to choose your favourite options.
Once this week is over, you will be able to follow the progress for each improvement online and in real time.
Many other features are yet to come and we will keep you informed of their evolution. We hope that these improvements on Peerus will help you to make a more intuitive paper watch. And don’t forget: continue to exchange with the team by live chat or through the email support address to continue growing the platform together!
Here’s the brand new Peerus Interview : each week, we decided to let you know about another Peerus team member. This week, discover Robin, the machine learning developer. We’ll discuss sport, thesis and computer science.
– Could you find three words to describe yourself ?
– Calm…. I don’t know. I’d say passionate and curious also.
– What are you passionate about ?
– I like sports in general. I’m a field hockey player and I do cycling. I like music, computer science and artificial intelligence too.
– What is currently your job here at Peerus ?
– I’m a machine learning developer. I’m working on a doctorate in a French institution which is called “Eric” : I’m in a lab at the Lyon 2 University. As part of Peerus development, I’m doing my doctorate.
– And how did you become a machine learning developer here in Peerus?
– I did an engineer school in Lyon which is called CPE. Then, I left to go to Berlin where I did some internships for 3 years. I also went away for 1 year as part of the Erasmus program in a machine learning lab. To complete my final year project, I chose to stay in the very same field, the machine learning. After that, I wanted to do a doctorate and when I was looking for a project, I found Peerus.
– What made you join the Peerus project ?
– I liked the fact that Peerus was a small structure that was at the very beginning of its development. It’s interesting and it’s motivating every day. I also wanted to do a machine learning doctorate. The project carried by Peerus is really exciting with a lot of paper analyses, graphs, etc. This is a vast subject to write about in the end. I didn’t want to get involved in a subject that was restricted, closed and leaning in a specialized field, so it suited me. My plan was to write a CIFRE thesis (when you do your doctorate while you are in a company). This option interested me because you can keep on doing operational development and doing some research.
– Do you have a life motto?
– No, I don’t really think so. Can I just answer no ? My motto is “no motto”. But I think that you have to prove things everyday and to alwaysdo things with respect for other people.
You can find here the third Peerus Interview session. Today, you’ll know a little bit more about our development team again : here’s François, the software engineer.
– To begin this interview, could you describe yourself in 3 words ?
– Raclette (Swiss speciality consisting of melted cheese prepared at the table using a special heater or grill, served with potatoes and cold meats), chocolate and kouign-amann (a french desert coming from Bretagne in France)
– What is currently your job here at Peerus ?
– I am software engineer. My role is to analyze the needs of Peerus and to translate it into technical solutions. I have then to develop them in all the tools and interfaces that Peerus offers. That’s my main goal on Peerus.
– And how did you become technical director here in Peerus?
– I like to discover things and pay attention to what’s going on around me from a technical point of view, so I did an engineering school without any specialty. I specialized later, through internships, in computer science and more specifically in web solutions and applications. After 3 years in an agency, I changed my project typology. I wanted to work on a long-term project. Peerus was looking for someone at that same moment. And the project immediately spoke to me and I found it interesting. It has been a year since I joined the team and there are still plenty of projects to develop.
– What are your interests or passions ?
– One of the things that I love to do is discovering new landscapes by motorcycle. I live in Lyon (France) and this city is close to the mountains of Auvergne and the Alps. You can find high mountains and curved routes that are the best ones to go to. Besides that, I like to do some improvements on my bike, understanding how things work. I’m also passionate about technology: I always want to discover new things, especially on my field. And as human needs require a lot of energy during the day, I sometimes cook especially grassy and sweet things…and I love it. But I also cook ratatouille.
– To conclude, do you have a life motto?
– Not especially. But I can say that I try to learn new things every single day. That’s something that really matters to me. I always want to progress in various skills, whether in my personal life or at work.
Two weeks ago, we were celebrating 50 000 users on the platform. A few days ago, we introduced you our technical director, Benjamin. This week, we interviewed another Peerus team member : Nicolas, the communications officer.Here’s the interview.
– To begin this interview could you find three words to describe yourself ?
– I think my friends would say about me that I am creative, reliable and passionate.
– As you are saying that you are a passionate person, what are you passionate about ?
– I am passionate in my daily life, in every little action. I do not really do things by halves. Broadly speaking, I’m passionate about music, fashion and photography. These three areas coexist and are interdependent nowadays. They draw their inspiration from each other. I also started to do some sport recently, and even if it was not my thing at first, it became a must-have routine in the week. And most importantly, graphics. I have always created visuals as an amateur and I wanted to integrate this field in my work.
– What is currently your job here at Peerus ?
– I am a communications officer : I take care of many things that we see and others that we do not see also. I define the communication strategy and I try to make sure that it’s the best one. I’m also a graphic designer: I make visuals for our social networks, the blog, and other print media. I take care of presentation brochures, mailing, and blog posts too. What I like about this job is that nothing is predefined in communication. You can do everything, you can try, fail and start again with something new. Every day is not the same as the previous one.
– And how did you become a communications officer ?
– I wanted to do a bachelor’s degree in communication after high-school. Even though I learned a lot and it brought me knowledge and opened some doors, I could not stand the university and its mad lack of professionalization. I grinned and beared it, knowing that the we could do an internship during the third and last year. But, then, I left the university to go into a master’s degree in a school of management, the iaelyon. Their principle is really between the university and the private school: they give you theory and keys to apply it in a future job. You do concrete stuff all the time. During my first year in this school, we had the opportunity to do an internship, and that’s how I joined the team.
– Last question, do you have a life motto?
– It’s tough to say, I have several quotes that inspire me in my everyday life. But I think that what guides my journey is “never a failure, always a lesson”. I know it sounds like a set phrase, but it helped me a lot when I got stuck in some situations. We must know that anything can happen but mostly than nothing happens by chance. If you fail somewhere, you have to start again without thinking about the situation and taking a step back on things. Sometimes you lock yourself into a whirlwind where you no longer question yourself. You are no longer questioning yourself about what you do or what you want to do. Failure is predominantly positive in its finality.