Filters are great, right? Tens of thousands of you have created filters to find the papers to advance and organise your research. So far there have been 229,654 individual filters that have helped you save valuable time and effort, but we thought we could do better. So with our most recent update, we would like to introduce you to our brand new filters.
Much like an essay, journal or book submission, nothing is perfect the first time around. As a result of your feedback and our desire to make a product that fits seamlessly into your academic workflow, we noticed that there were issues that we could resolve. So, what have we done?
We have merged our previous filters together
In order to create a flawless experience, we have merged what was the ‘basic’ and ‘advanced’ filters into one flow. As a result, we have made it easier and quicker for everyone to create a complex filter suited to their research needs.
The ability to use AND + OR + NOT
Those who have previously used our advanced filters will be aware of the fact that we had some boolean terms available. But unfortunately, this did not include OR. With this filter update, you will now be able to include OR in your parameters. In doing this, you will be able to combine multiple filters into one. This can include a filter like ‘RUSSIA’ OR ‘SOVIET UNION’ OR ‘USSR’. With our OR boolean operator, you can make your filters far more complex, which will ultimately help you to discover the research that matters most to you.
The ability to filter by author
Is there an author in your field who consistently produces quality research in your particular field? With the creation of author filters, you can essentially follow a particular author or authors to ensure that you never miss the important work that they publish.
The ability to re-name filters
OK, so you previously used your filters to create individual feeds that contain papers that are of interest to you. Now you can now organise these ‘topics’ further by re-naming them. An example of this can be seen with authors. If you are interested in authors that publish work in a particular field or sub-field of research, the revamped filters allow you to aggregate their papers in a single dedicated feed. If you specialise in the field of Curved Organic π-Molecules & Materials, for example, you would benefit from creating a filter that follows the authors ‘Kenichiro Itami’ OR ‘Graham J. Bodwell’ OR ‘Rainer Herges’ OR ‘Nazario Martín’ OR ‘Jay S. Siegel’ OR ‘Rik Tykwinski’ OR ‘Harry Anderson’. However, given the larger number of individuals in this filter group, it would be advisable and easy to so simply rename this filter to ‘AUTHORS’.
We have also implemented natural language processing (NLP) to suggest related terms to the filters that you create. This will not only make your filters more precise, but it will aid you in your discovery through the complexity of relatable terms.
You can access our new filter feature by downloading or updating your current version of RESEARCHER. Let us know what you think of these new filters by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.