Edanz’s journal advisor

There are literally thousands of peer-reviewed journals out there. Finding which is best suited for your research can be tough, especially if you are not a native english speaker.

Edanz, an english editing service for scientific publishing based in Japan now offers a free online journal selection service. The tool analyzes your abstracts and suggests a list of adapted journals ranked by matching score.

I have tried it with one of my manuscript in preparation. The top three journals suggested by the tool corresponded to my target. Looks like this could help even experienced researchers to find the optimal journal for their communications.

Knode launched to favor Academic-Industry interactions

Have you ever heard of the Academic bubble? If you have, that may have been for good reason. Research organisations are designed to bring all necessary tools and complementary expertise in a single site to optimize research. But at many occasions must  a researcher get out of his/her comfort zone to seek other experts, potential collaborators or investors. Alas, the industry, government, and the not for profit sectors function in very different ways than the academic ecosystem. This makes it hard to pinpoint the ideal partner you are looking for.

Knode was launched recently to address this difficulty. They aims to catalyze interactions between these different ecosystems with an impressive searchable database of pharma, academic and researcher experts. One main innovation here is Knode’s ability to automatically index experts and their associated content such as publications, patents, clinical trials, and grants and make them easily searchable. This way, at launch Knode is already filled with millions of entries.

Knode is receiving  a good deal of press coverage, in particular a very informative Nature Biotechnology article.

Knode originates from the Boston–based Enlight Biosciences which is a platform aimed at developing collaboration between academics, innovators and entrepreneurs and the pharma industry.


Welcome to Connected Researchers!

Why Connected Researchers?
Academic researchers are slowly getting accustomed to the opportunities that online technologies have to offer. Services such as social networks, service exchange, reference and data management and assistance services for communication or publishing have been multiplying over the past years. But the adhesion rates are still very low, partially due to an under-informed academic world.

Through this blog, explore these services, keep yourself updated on new services, and see how the industry is gaining users and changing the way research is conducted.


About myself.
I am a postdoctoral fellow in biological engineering at MIT (Cambrige, MA, USA). 7 years of research have taught me that academic research is mostly on the conservative side as far as to how collaborations are created and ideas are exchanged. I am fascinated by the potential of web services to change the way research is conducted. The recent uprising of web statups targeting researchers deserves some coverage.

Then it is decided! I’ll do it. “Connected Researchers” will have an eye on the latest in web services for researchers. And lets see if I can learn something in the process…

Contact me at: blogger@connectedresearchers.com