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How to better understand a research topic of interest and stay on top of new developments with Saved Searches and Dashboards

We are happy to announce that you can now better follow and understand specific topics using our new Saved Search functionality. This functionality, combined with our advanced search filters, will allow you to better understand any topic of interest, quickly identifying what is the most supported or contrasted study, controlling for papers that have only supporting citations and no contrasting citations, choosing more recent publications, and more.

Search by any of the following criteria:

  • Keywords in the title or abstract
  • Authors
  • Year of publication
  • Journal of publication
  • Editorial notices
  • Corrected, retracted, withdrawn, etc.
  • Type of article
  • Published, preprint, book, etc
  • Amount and types of citation statements that an article has received
  • Number of supporting, contrasting, or mentioning citations

This capability, combined with custom dashboards, helps show citation metrics in aggregate for any topic and with email alerts allows you to stay on top of the ever-changing literature. For example, you can save a search for articles on COVID-19 research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine between 2020 and today.

Search for any keywords, authors, journals, etc. to save a search

Or do you want to keep track of research on Huntington’s disease that has been published in Nature since 2010, or written by a particular author?

See all your saved searches in one place, and customize which notifications you receive

After saving any search, you can customize which types of notifications you receive (new paper notifications or new citation notifications), export the results to a CSV file, or turn your search into a custom dashboard.

Turn any saved search into a dashboard to take a look at aggregate data

By turning the saved search into a dashboard, you can share the results with others, see how the papers have been cited over time, and more!

The top of the dashboard created from a search for research on Huntington’s disease, published in Nature, since 2010
How have the articles in the Huntington’s disease dashboard been cited over time?

Or, if you want to skip the saved search, you can create a custom dashboard right from the search results page:

Create a dashboard directly from a search to have newly-detected articles automatically added

What’s the difference between saved searches and custom dashboards?

The main difference between saved searches and custom dashboards is that dashboards provide aggregate information on a group of papers, while saved searches only show the results matching the search parameters. So while a saved search lets you view which papers match your search criteria, it does not provide aggregate information such as the number of articles with an editorial notice or the number of supporting, contrasting, or mentioning citation statements.

When to use a dashboard?

Dashboards are useful for following an emerging field of research, for example, by seeing how citations to all the articles in that dashboard have changed over time. They allow you to see an overview of how a group of articles has been cited in aggregate, sort and filter by how each individual article has been cited, and get notified of new citation statements to those articles; in addition, dashboards show you how many articles in the dashboard have received editorial notices such as retractions.

Dashboards can be created from any list of DOIs, as well as by importing articles from your Zotero or Mendeley library; you can use any tool you like to search for articles and then use those results to create a custom dashboard. If created directly from searching on scite, dashboards will update to include new articles that match your original search.

Useful for:

  • Universities or research centers, to track citations to new citations to work from authors at their institutions.
  • Pharmaceutical companies, to track new citation statements to a group of papers that they have funded, and to see if those citation statements provide supporting or contrasting evidence to the article.
  • Researchers, to follow a custom set of articles on a research topic of interest

Want to learn more about custom dashboards? Click here.

When to use a saved search?

Saved searches are dynamic: use them if you want to see all articles that fit specific criteria, including newly-published articles. By saving the search, you can choose to receive alerts when a new publication is detected, as well as when a new citation or citation statement to a publication is detected.

Useful for:

  • Researchers specialized in a particular area, to see all the new research in that area, in addition to how that research is cited.
  • Researchers, to follow how their own work or that of another researcher is cited, and to see when there are any new publications.
  • Companies, universities, or funding institutions; to track previously- and newly-published research in a particular field, by a certain journal, and/or by a specific author.

Head to scite to make your own saved search

How will saved searches or custom dashboards improve your research process? Let us know on Twitter or email us your thoughts at!



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