Announcing Premium accounts, multi-origin graphs and more
In 2020, we launched Connected Papers as a side project that we’ve worked on to solve our own pains with literature search. It was an immediate success with researchers and the scientific community, and grew wildly beyond our expectations.
Today we are building over 50 graphs every minute, with more than two million researchers using Connected Papers in the past year. It is crazy that all of this growth has happened by word of mouth — we don’t do any marketing.
For over two years, we have provided Connected Papers completely for free, and while this has been an absolute privilege and a wonderful ride, it has also taken a toll — in terms of the time and personal money our small team put in to keep improving the service and handle the growing server costs.
Introducing Premium accounts
Starting August 1st, Connected Papers will have two types of accounts: Free and Premium.
The Free plan will include all the features that already exist in Connected Papers, but will be limited to 5 graphs per month. This is enough to cover the research needs of the majority of our users.
The Premium plans (Academic and Business) are aimed at active researchers who want to perform more searches and unlock an unlimited amount of graphs every month. We have two plans:
- Academic: for researchers in academic institutes, non-profit organizations and for personal use.
- Business: for individuals and organizations who use Connected Papers in a commercial context.
You can learn more about our plans on the Pricing page.
Unveiling multi-origin graphs
In addition, we are announcing a new core way to use Connected Papers — multi-origin graphs!
This has been by far the most requested feature from the community. It’s taken us a long time to implement, because it’s very tricky to get right.
The way it works is — from any graph, you can select any node and add it as a second origin via the right side panel button.
This will construct a new graph, where all the nodes (papers) in it are selected by similarity to both origin papers.
You can then add a third origin, a fourth, and so on.
In essence, every time you add an origin you are refining your search. You are telling the algorithm: “I want more papers like these, please”.
Multi-Origin graphs will be available in all plans: Free and Premium.
User accounts and support for mobile
Over the past few months, we have also released several important features to Connected Papers.
In April, we announced Connected Papers for mobile browsers.
and in June we announced User Accounts, along with a way to save papers to a list and the ability to view your previous graphs history. This is just the beginning, with more features and improvements on the way.
Looking forward to the future
With the launch of Premium accounts we are trying out a new business model that would hopefully allow us to continue to follow our passion and develop more and better tools for scientists and researchers.
We are very excited about the future. We hope you are, too!
The Connected Papers team
Alex, Itay, Sahar and Eddie