Now anyone can search million of scientific outputs and create customizable feeds straight from the homepage

By Jennifer L. Minnick

Whether you have new students starting in the lab or want to share your custom Meta feed with colleagues, it’s now easier than ever to collaborate and explore research using Meta.

At Meta we believe that the exploration of science should be simple and accessible. Meta’s technology makes the discovery of biomedical information easy to find, access, and use. …


An analysis of the most-viewed papers in 2021 surfaced papers and preprints at the leading edge of biomedical research

Though the research cycle never stops, we recently hit pause to look at the articles our users are surfacing in Meta, a research discovery tool that uses machine learning to connect scientific concepts and make new discoveries easier to explore. Our analysis of frequently viewed research articles in the first quarter of 2021 found that they clustered around three topics: COVID-19, cancer, and neurodegeneration. Here, we highlight six papers, preprints and related resources at the leading edge of biomedicine.

COVID-19 Therapies and Vaccines

It is no surprise that COVID-19 research is trending on Meta, but it’s a vast subject area. (More than 6,000 papers…


By Ana-Maria Istrate

Meta’s ultimate goal is to create a living, connected, and navigable map of biomedical knowledge, making it easier for researchers to understand and explore science in context. To provide a comprehensive view of research outputs beyond journal articles and preprints, the Meta team has developed text-mining techniques to extract mentions of datasets, experimental methods, key research resources (RRIDs), and clinical trials from a paper’s full text, when available. These mentions are now displayed on the paper lander, enriching the information about a paper and giving our users at-a-glance insights.

Find mentions on the right side of paper lander pages.

Here, we will focus on the machine learning…


Whether you’re new to a lab or managing one, Meta can help you stay up to date with the literature. This guide will get you started.

By Jennifer L. Minnick

Meta feeds tackle the daunting and difficult task of keeping up with the literature related to your research interests — from the foundational papers in a field to the latest results. Unlike an RSS feed or an email alert, Meta’s personalized feeds use AI-based technologies to organize and deliver research results that matter to you as they become available.

Creating and customizing a great feed is easy. Here are seven…

How rare disease researchers, patients, and advocates use Meta to support their work

By Jennifer L. Minnick

At a recent workshop about Meta, Executive Director of Cure HHT Marianne Clancy noticed a new scientific paper about the rare disease she’s focused on curing — in the form of a case report from Sudan. Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, or HHT, is a genetic disorder that causes malformation of blood vessels and leads to spontaneous bleeding in the nose and other parts of the body. More than 1.4 million people in the world are estimated to have HHT, yet approximately 90% don’t yet…

A cancer researcher starts her day with a cup of tea and a glance at Meta

Parasvi Patel could probably use Meta with her eyes closed. As a third-year PhD student, she became one of a few hundred early users of Meta while it was still under development. Now, three years later, she uses the tool daily and has even become part of the Meta team, curating hundreds of feeds that could benefit other biomedical researchers. With good reason: a paper she discovered using Meta sparked a collaboration that has helped her make important discoveries in cancer biology. …

Publication numbers in neurodegeneration are soaring. Meta’s curated collection of feeds can help you stay up to date.

By Michaela Torkar and Burcin Ikiz

Neurodegenerative diseases are devastating disorders that cause an immense economic and social burden on modern societies. This area of biomedical research is important to us at CZI and is the focus of our Neurodegeneration Challenge Network. Worldwide, there has been a substantial increase in funding of neurodegeneration research over the past decade, which has resulted in a rise in research outputs.

A recent publication trend analysis by Meta showed significant growth in the field of neurological…

Prototyping in collaboration with researchers

By Burcin Ikiz, Ph.D. & Michael Czerwinski, Ph.D.

Our goal of making Meta more powerful and useful to researchers requires a deep understanding of their knowledge discovery needs. Over the past year, we learned that these needs extend beyond the scientific literature, i.e., journal articles and preprints, to a broad set of resources that better reflect the breadth of scientific output created and disseminated by the community. …

The Meta team reflects on their best work of 2020 and shares what’s coming in 2021

By Jennifer L. Minnick

In the past year, Meta has given users more ways to get to the research that counts faster than ever before. With new developments like more precise feed design, personalized ranking, and the ongoing addition of new content, Meta is increasingly becoming a place where biomedical researchers can get a clearer view of rapidly changing science beyond published articles and preprints, no matter their area of interest.

While Meta may be known for being powered by machine learning, there is also a whole team of people behind the scenes, dedicated to bringing the best data and…

How a Meta feed is constructed with pertinent papers to keep researchers up to date

By Jennifer L. Minnick

Meta’s personalized feeds are at the heart of research discovery, providing researchers with a faster way to organize, understand, and explore science. They operate differently from an RSS feed or email list, and instead draw on a suite of AI-based technologies to deliver the latest papers and preprints.

What is a feed?

A Meta feed is a collection of research articles and preprints (and soon, other content types like datasets, protocols, software, and clinical trials), presented as a timeline that updates automatically as new content becomes available. Feeds aggregate scientific information from many sources in real…


Meta is a free research discovery tool from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, providing a faster way to understand and explore science through personalized feeds.

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