Frequently Asked Question
How does Peerus work?
Problems and issues
What is Peerus?
The Peerus tool brings to your attention anything that’s published with the terms you want to track, in any of the journals covered by Peerus.
|You’re alerted as soon as new research is published.
||Get a comprehensive view of research in your field.
||Articles tailored to your interests.
||Fast, relevant research discovery for you to influence progress.
||Easy to use dashboard – linking articles in one place.
What makes Peerus different from a State of the Art Tool?
Peerus is a scientific monitoring platform: it will provide you with the latest publications of your interest in real time, compared to Google Scholar, Pubmed, ISI or Scopus which index papers often several weeks after publication. On these state-of-the-art platforms, you can easily find yourself with hundreds of articles to read that are not necessarily in your scope. The number of mails and results is massive and you may miss some important papers when trying to go through all the information.
The idea of Peerus is first and foremost to select a few relevant publications for you each day.
Our tool also stands out because of the exhaustiveness of the information gathered. Peerus is not affiliated to any publishing company, unlike Scopus with Elsevier, and finds papers from many journals belonging to different publishers. It also certifies that what is presented is indeed an article, whereas others bring back irrelevant information (conference acts, unscientific communication…).
Peerus is an advanced algorithm that analyzes and retrieves information. For example, it identifies authors (finds their affiliations / domains and distinguishes between homonyms), and also the semantic field of abstracts, and then compares it to your field of research and interest.
Behind Peerus is a strong 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 journals. 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 they come to you. You can also configure your weekly or daily digest to keep up to date. Here’s how to set it up.
Read our Medium article for more information.
How do I register to Peerus?
Just follow this link (register page), fill in the form and proceed to your personal onboarding. This is a simple and easy two-minute process, during which Peerus will ask you questions to build your personalized account.
How and why does Peerus find my published papers?
First of all, the algorithm finds your published papers based on your name and affiliation. It then scans important keywords in order to understand your domain(s) of interest. This allows us to kick-start your Peerus environment.
Is Peerus free? What is the business model?
Yes, today Peerus is free. But, some features will be included in a premium version in the future.
How does Peerus work and what are its sources?
Peerus checks the latest published articles several times a day directly from our indexed scientific journals.
Our parsers extract all the metadata of each paper (Who are the authors? What is the main subject? What is the semantic field? etc.) and create a standardized representation of each metadata.
The semantic field of each new paper is compared to the field of interest of each user and is pushed to the app if sufficiently relevant.
What does Peerus do with my personal data?
We only use anonymous users’ data to increase our accuracy and performances.
Why an octopus?
Octopuses are among the most intelligent and behaviorally diverse of all invertebrates. They can store both short and long-term memory.
How can I modify my environment?
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.
What is a feed?
A feed gathers recent papers of a matching journal, author or keyword.
You can move feeds into another category or delete them.
How do I create a new feed?
At the top of the webapp, you’ll found a search bar. You can add as many content as you want to.
- Type your search on the search bar (search by author, journals or keywords)
- When the “Add” button becomes orange, you can search for the results
- Choose the relevant type of feed (journal, author or keyword).
- Click on the orange cross button and create your feed
But how does the search bar work?
Peerus search consists in a simple text input where authors, journal or keywords can be mixed anyhow. Individual items can still be searched for (as for following a real-time published paper of your competitors using author search) but you can can add multicriteria search items. Several examples:
- author: Abraham Lee AND journal: Lab on a chip, will return all the recent papers from Abraham Lee in the journal Lab on chip
- journal: nature communications AND keyword: cancer stem cells, will return all the recent papers from Nature Communications dealing with cancer stem cells
- keyword: Neural network NOT keyword: computer science, will return all the recent papers in all our indexed journals (lien vers l’url de l’index) dealing with neural network but not in computer science (for the record, real neurons in vitro)
So give it a try, you can combine authors, journals or keywords in any order with the boolean operators AND, OR, NOT.
Here’s an example of how it works: a OR b OR c NOT d AND f => [(a OR b OR c) (NOT d)] AND [f]
How does the category “All” work?
“All” lists the results of all the categories on your environment. Just click one result to display the abstract of the paper will appear.
How do the categories work?
Three simple steps.
- After clicking on a category, you will get a list of all the feeds that you have added into it.
- After clicking on one of the feeds, the latest papers of this feed will be displayed.
- You will be able to read a paper’s abstract after clicking on a paper.
How do I access the website of a journal in which a paper was published?
On Peerus you can access a journal’s website from a paper of interest that you’ve found.
Simply click on the View Paper button that will redirect you to the journal’s website.
Is it possible to download the full article in PDF format?
Yes. Peerus allows you to use any access URL to download a full paper. Instead of adding your access URL manually before the publication’s URL in your search bar, you can save it on your Peerus account to directly access the full article’s PDF. For example, you can use the link of the institute you are affiliated with (if you are a CNRS researcher, you can add the URL http://insis.bib.cnrs.fr/login?url=). Once you have set up your URL, a new Full Text button will appear on the paper’s details.
Here’s how to set up this feature:
1. Click on the Settings button at the top right of the webapp.
Click on Settings
2. Find the Library Full-text URL for full text access button and click on “Change Full-text Proxy”
Full-text Proxy button
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=)
Here’s some other example of proxys’ URL:
- Harvard University: http://ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/login?url=$@
- Monash University: http://ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au/login?url=$@
- MIT: https://libproxy.mit.edu/cgi-bin/ezpauth?url=$@
- York University: http://ezproxy.library.yorku.ca/login?url=$@
(Click here for more examples)
4. A new button “Full Text” will appear next to the “View Paper” button on a paper’s details
Full text button
Can I receive notifications about new products in my field?
Yes. You can receive notifications by email if you wish.
Can I receive notifications about new papers in my field?
Yes. You can set up your digest to receive regular emails with a selection of the latest published papers in your research field. You can choose to be notified either daily or weekly.
Click on the Settings button
Set up your digest
How to save a paper for later?
If you are interested in a paper you have just found but you don’t have time to read it straight away, you can save it for later and be sure to find it again.
- Click on the clock button on a paper’s details to save it for later
- Click on the clock button at the top right of the plaform to view your saved papers
Click on the clock on a paper’s details
Click on the clock button at the top right of the plaform
How to export a paper on Mendeley?
Peerus allows you to export a paper of interest to your Mendeley account. Here’s how:
Click on the Mendeley button on a paper’s details
Export your paper on Mendeley
How to share a paper by email?
If you find a paper of interest, you can share it be email to your community. Here’s how to do it.
Click on the Share by email button on a paper’s details
Does Peerus provide an API access for developers?
Peerus doesn’t have an open access API at the moment, but this may change in the future.
Why isn’t my latest published paper on Peerus?
When a publication appears on the website of a journal, Peerus takes less than half a day to index it and make it available on our platform for our users.