Pimp my search engine

Search engines form the core of discovery of research these days. There’s just too much information out there to search journal by journal or on a manual basis.

We highlighted in a previous post the advantages of using ScienceOpen’s dual-layered search and filter functions over others like Google Scholar. Today, we’re happy to announce that we just made it even better!

Say you want to search all of PeerJ’s content. Pop ‘PeerJ’ into the journal search, and it’ll come up with all their content, as it’s all indexed in PubMed. Hey presto, there you have 1530 papers, all with full texts attached. Neat eh! And that will update as more gets published with PeerJ, so you know what to do.


But that’s a lot of content. What you’ve just discovered is the PeerJ megajournal haystack. We want to filter out the needles.

For starters, you can filter out which disciplines you want. Here, the most popular articles are on climate change, bioinformatics, and evolution. Which is great, if that’s what you’re after!

But what if you want something different? What if you want, say, dinosaurs? Click the ‘Add filter’ button, and add a keyword, or any other layer you want. So try ‘dinosaur’ as a keyword, and there we have 8 papers on dinosaurs from PeerJ.


What you can then do is save the search, and it’ll be added to your profile. Then you can simply go back and see what the latest articles are by sorting them by the most recently published.

You can also sort them by altmetric to see which are getting the most social attention, or by citation to see which are being re-used most by researchers.


Alternatively, you can use this to build your own Collection! Want the most popular articles in topics from different journals? Well now you can efficiently discover, filter, and add content to create your own Collection, which operates a bit like an ‘overlay journal’.

Advancing science in the open has never been easier, and by making discovery much simpler, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to accelerate research with us! We’re constantly improving the system too, so if you have any feedback or comments, we’d love to hear them!