BiP finders is a tool that assists the discovery of valuable publications in the field of life sciences. This tool supports ranking and comparing of scientific articles based on their popularity (short-term impact) or influence (long-term impact), while it provides useful features like intuitive infographics for each article and a mechanism of bookmarks.
Measuring impact of a scientific article is not a trivial task, and we may easily stumble into pitfalls along the way. It is an oversimplification to assume that there is a single, one-size-fits-all publication impact measure. In fact, such an impact may have several aspects that should be captured and understood in many different ways.
For example, a researcher often needs to search for the most “popular” articles in a field, i.e., those which are currently the focal point of the scientific community. On the other hand, a researcher may be interested in collecting “influential” papers for a field, i.e., those which have strongly shaped the field. Each of those impact aspects of a paper, i.e., popularity and influence, can be estimated by performing a different type of link analysis on the underlying citation network.
In BiP! Finder, influence is calculated using PageRank while popularity is calculated by executing FutureRank on the citation network.
BiP! finder currently contains data for ~1,500,000 open access articles from life sciences. For each article, BiP! finder's database contains some common metadata (e.g., its DOI, author list, publication year and venue, etc.) along with its citations. These citations are used to construct the citation network of the stored scientific articles. All data are gathered from NCBI PMC database . All impact aspect scores measured by us can be retrieved via our public API . Next update is scheduled for January of 2019.
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