Scizzle, a new scientific paper aggregator

Screen Shot 2013-08-18 at 9.00.33 AMHere’s Scizzle, a new aggregator service for scientific articles. Scizzle was founded by Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis, researcher in immunology, after years of being frustrated with the un-efficiency of her literature search routine. She was simply tired of having her inbox flooded with tables of content sent by journals, having to go to different journal websites to look at the latest articles and setting publication alerts that just added more emails. Even after selecting the publications of interest, she ended up with a multitude of tabs opened, that stayed open, and often unread until the next browser crash.
So after “hearing a sigh every time I asked: how do you keep up with the literature“, Gaia created Scizzle, a central location  where scientists could aggregate the content they care about and easily organize, share and collaborate through an user-friendly and clean look interface. First, start by creating a series of feeds by entering a list of keywords. Scizzle will find 25 results from the past 30 days then automatically update the list on a regular basis. On a single page, one can navigate through the feeds, latest papers and paper abstracts. The abstracts listed can then be saved to an abstract collection, shared by email and their citations can be exported.

Scizzle is still in its infancy (~ 2 month old at the time of this post) with more functions to come soon. Any feedback from its users is appreciated.

Share and access rare samples with Sample of Science

Screen Shot 2013-08-05 at 10.34.57 PMSample of Science is a new web-platform designed to promote collaboration between scientists by stimulating the dissemination of scientific samples.

Dr. Romain Melet, co-founder of Sample of Science explains:  “the advancement of science highly depends on how efficiently the scientific knowledge circulates among scientists being located in geographically distant laboratories and working in different fields of research. Since a significant part of published results relies on highly specific research samples, such samples need to be considered as an integral part of scientific knowledge. Therefore the circulation of samples between scientists needs to be promoted.

That is where Sample of Science comes into play. The website is an exchange market for samples, with a focus on material science (although the platform will be opened to other fields in the future). Unique materials such as microporous polymers and luminescent gold nanorods are currently listed on the website. This system allows scientists creating new materials to make the most out of their research efforts, while sample adopters do not waste resources in the synthesis of already existing samples.

Sample descriptions are published on Sample of Science Bulletin, a peer-reviewed open access journal, thereby providing a citable reference and a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to each transferable samples. The “sample author” and a “sample adopter” can use the platform to discuss about the opportunity of transferring a sample. Sample transfers are then published on Sample of Science Bulletin, making any exchange publicly trackable.

This is a great example of how online tools can favor more collaborative and international research efforts. Often collaborations are started between researchers with a new materials or tools and researchers with a new questions to answer. Sample of Science with an easy to use and centralized platform should help formalize these interactions and promote new collaborations.