Frequently Asked Question


Summary


What is Peerus ?  

An innovative platform for easier, better and faster research. A smart way to find out about all the latest and relevant papers straight from your favorite research journals. A powerful and self-learning tool to get inspired by more every day.


Is Peerus free ? 

Yes, using Peerus will always be free, for researchers.


How does Peerus works and how does it get its data ? 

Peerus checks the latest published articles several times a day directly from the most famous scientific journals. Then it analyzes all the papers (who are the authors, what is the main subject, what are the keywords, …)and picks the most relevant ones given your profile. Then you will get from the Peerus application all the informations you need from as soon as their papers are published.


What does Peerus do with my personal data ? 

We only use anonymous users’ data to increase our accuracy and performances.


How do I register to Peerus ? 

Just follow this link (register page), fill the form and proceed to your personal onboarding. This is a simple and easy two -minutes process, during which Peerus will give you a list of published papers we think are yours and you will confirm which actually are.


How and why Peerus find my published papers ? 

First, the algorithm finds your published papers based on your name and affiliation., Then it scans important keywords in order to understand your domain(s) of interest. This allows us to kick-start your Peerus environment.


Can I modify my environment later ? 

Your kick-started environment is organized as shown below, one Dashboard and three categories: Journals, Authors and Keywords that you can add, delete or modify however you want.

 


How does the dashboard works ? 

The dashboard lists the results of all the categories on your environment. Just click one result to display the abstract of the paper will appear.

 


So, how does categories work ? 

Three simple steps.

  1. under each category divider, you get a list of all your feeds of interest ;
  2. click on one of them, and you’ll get the latest papers of this feed ;
  3. clicking this paper will bring you its abstract.

 


What is a feed ? 

A feed gathers recent papers coming from one journal, one author or matching one keyword.
You can move those feeds into another category or delete them.


How do I create a new feed ? 

Inside the category, click on the “+ Add” button under the feed list and then :

  1. type in whatever you would like to search ;
  2. choose the relevant type of feed (journal, author or keyword) ;
  3. select your item and click create.

 


Why I could not find a journal ? 

Peerus is a young platform and cannot be exhaustive (yet). In order to be as responsive as possible, Peerus only indexes journals with an impact factor greater than 3. If you think a journal should be added to Peerus, please let us know: either include it in the feeds form (as shown below) or use the contact form.

 


My last published paper is not on Peerus, why ? 

When a publication appears on the website of a journal, Peerus only needs a little time to locate and integrate its results. This is why some publications do not yet appear on Peerus right away. We regularly work to reduce this lag time, but if you know about a publication that should have been indexed but is not, please inform using the contact form at the bottom right corner of the website.


I can’t find an author that I would like to follow, why ? 


What makes Peerus a unique tool ? And what makes it different from a State of the Art Tool ? 

  • Peerus is a monitoring platform, that is to say it will provide you with the latest publications that interest you in real time. Compared to Google Scholar / Pubmed / ISI / Scopus, which are state-of-the-art platforms and which index papers often several weeks after publications, you can easily find yourself with hundreds of articles to read that are not necessarily In your scope … the blow of the mails / results has lengthened and you can pass through some papers of interest.
    The idea of Peerus is first and foremost a few publications per day that are automatically cured for you.
  • There is also the exhaustiveness of the information, Peerus is not affiliated to a publishing company, i.e scopus = elsevier, and also certifies that what is presented is indeed an article, whereas others bring back info eg conf acts, communications from unscientific that are irrelevant…
  • Peerus is also an advanced algorithm that identifies a certain amount of information, such as the identification of authors (homonyms, affiliation, domain) as the semantic field of abstracts, and compares this with your field of research and Interest. It is important to understand that behind Peerus there is a network of neurons for each user which learns what is of interest for them and that will refine the publications brought up every day, while being very wide on the journals. For example an article may be of interest to you but published in a journal that you do not know at all. And that’s very interesting.
  • Finally we push the papers, that is to say that they come to you, you do not have to configure alerts … at our stage of development it must be done at the “Onboarding”.

Is it possible to dowload a full text in PDF format ? 

Peerus can only get you to the right place at the right time. Then you will need to have a subscription or to buy the text from the journal’ s website.


Can I receive notifications about new products in my field ? 

Yes Peerus will allow you to receive notifications per email if you wish.


Will Peerus provide an API access for developpers ? 

Peerus doesn’t have an open access API, but this may evolve in the future.


Why an octopus ? 

Octopuses are among the most intelligent and behaviorally diverse of all invertebrates. They can store both short- and long-term memory.