This blog is the communication channel between the Odysci Team and you – our users! We will use this space to let you know about what is happening and new features we develop. We value your opinion – send us your feedback via comments below or email to feedback@odysci.com.

New Search Feature “publisher:” to Search on Papers by a Given Publisher

We have implemented and launched a new search feature to allow users to find papers based on the Publisher (e.g., ACM, Springer).
To search on a publisher you would use the following search string:

publisher:publisher_name

For example, the search string:

publisher:ACM

finds articles or books published by the ACM.

You can combine the publisher search with any other advanced search tag. For example:

The search string

publisher:ACM type:journal

finds journal papers published by the ACM.

The search string

publisher:”Morgan Kaufmann” title:”machine learning”

finds articles or books published by Morgan Kaufmann with “machine learning” on the title.

Please note that this feature is experimental. The publishers of many papers may not be available, thus the results may be incomplete. We are working on improving it. But we think it is a useful feature as is and we wanted to make it available immediately. We hope you can find it useful too.

If you have any suggestions, just shoot us a comment.

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Add the Odysci Search Box to Your Site

Now you can easily add the Odysci Search Box to your site and display the results directly under your web pages.
Whether your site is a:

  • personal page
  • conference page
  • journal page
  • library page
  • technical blog page
  • and anything else really

If your visitors are technical folks, they may enjoy having an easy way to search for technical papers right while visiting your site. Please see the code below.

Dedicated Search Box

If you are a conference or journal, we can generate a dedicated search box for your site which can search only through your conference or journal papers from previous years, issues, etc. What better way to offer your conference/journal papers to your audience without any extra work?

If you are a Conference organizer or Journal Editor and would like to add a dedicated search box to your site, please send an email to info@odysci.com.
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Categories: Academic Search, Search Feature, User Customizations.

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New “Alerts” Feature for Odysci Users

We have just launched the “Alerts” service for Odysci users and we hope you like it.

How does it work?
Whenever there is new information about you or about an article you wrote or follow you will get an email from us notifying you about it (Don’t worry, you can easily configure the types of alerts you get, or none if you prefer).

This new information that can trigger alerts are:

  1. A new article you recently wrote/co-wrote is added to our database
  2. An article you wrote/co-wrote is cited by another paper (which was recently added to our database)
  3. An article you follow is cited by another paper (which was recently added to our database)
  4. A new comment was posted by another user about an article you wrote/co-wrote or follow
  5. An article you wrote/co-wrote or follow was recently followed by other users

In your profile page you can configure the types of Alerts you want to receive (or none if you prefer). Alerts are configured to be sent by default to be on a weekly basis.


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New Search Features: “venue@” and “@{affiliation or place}”

We have expanded our advanced search features to include two more ways of refining your search.

The first is the “venue@” search tag. Using this tag you can specify the location of a conference that you want to search for. For example, suppose you want to find papers on conferences that were held in Seattle. You would use the following search string:

venue@Seattle

Refining further, suppose you want to find papers published in the KDD Conference when it took place in Seattle. You would use the following search string:

venue:KDD  venue@Seattle

This may come handy when you know you saw a good presentation at a conference you attended some time ago, but cannot remember the author or title. You can augment this search with topic keywords or author names.

The second feature is the @{affiliation or location} search tag. This is an experimental shorthand notation for searching for a paper that matches the affiliation of its authors, or the location of the conference. For example, the search string:

author:”Sangiovanni-Vincentelli”  @”New Orleans”

finds articles published by Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli in conferences that took place in New Orleans. This is handy when you remember the speaker and the place, but cannot quite remember the article. This search will help you find that paper.

Please note that these features are experimental. The affiliations of authors and the locations of conferences are not yet available in all cases, thus the results may be incomplete. We are working on improving it. But we think it is a useful feature as is and we wanted to make it available immediately. We hope you can find it useful too.

If you have any suggestions, just shoot us a comment.

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New Search Feature ‘author@’ = Search on Author Affiliation

We have just launched an exciting new search feature: the ability to find papers based on the authors’ affiliations when they published the paper.

Suppose, for example, that you want to find papers authored by Leslie Lamport while he was at SRI International. You would use the following search string:

author:Lamport author@SRI

or

author:Lamport author@”Microsoft Research”

for papers authored by Lamport while at Microsoft Research.

Alternatively, suppose you want to find papers about “ranking algorithms” by Google authors. You would simply type in the search box:

author@Google  ”ranking algorithms”

You can combine this feature with any other. For example, if you want to find papers by at least one author from Google and one author from Stanford, you would use the following search string:

author@Google author@Stanford

Please note that this feature is experimental. The affiliations of authors in many papers are not yet available, thus the results may be incomplete. We are working on improving it. But we think it is a useful feature as is and we wanted to make it available immediately. We hope you can find it useful too.

If you have any suggestions, just shoot us a comment.

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Citation Download Available in Odysci (a.k.a. Bibtex generation)

We have just launched the ability to download citations for the papers you find searching on Odysci. You can select as many papers as you like from multiple searches, then click on the download button to save all of them to a file, in bibtex or plain text formats. If you need a different format, please let us know by adding a comment below.

The figures below illustrate the process:

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About Copyrights and Author Rights

If you have published an article in the past, you most likely had to sign a Copyright Form, granting the publisher the rights to your article. Did you know exactly what you signed?

You may have read carefully the Copyright Agreement when you published your last paper. Still, if you publish again soon, be sure to read it again as there have been changes in the Copyright Policies of certain publishers this year.

One particular aspect that is of interest to researchers is the issue of whether the author of a published article may or may not post the final PDF of the article on his/her personal or institutional web pages. Here is what the current Copyright Policies from four main publishers in the computer science areas have to say about the authors rights to post their work on their pages:

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Academic Search – A Primer

Odysci (www.odysci.com) is a web portal for academic search and technical collaboration in the computer science, electrical engineering and related areas. Academic search is a specialized type of vertical search that returns published scholarly works, ranked according to various criteria.

Before the actual search and rank can be done, there are dozens of tasks that need to be accomplished, many of which involve significant algorithmic and computing challenges in the areas of machine learning, similarity and clustering, graph analysis, information retrieval and databases. This article briefly introduces the reader to these tasks and informally navigates through the steps of developing a service like odysci.com.

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User feedback from 3 months of beta testing

The Odysci site has been up for just over 3 months and in this period we’ve collected many suggestions (and some criticisms) from our early users. Thanks to all of you for your comments.

Here are some of the comments posted on the “Odysci Survey” box on the site pages. We’ve grouped  similar comments, edited and summarized them for clarity.

“Nice to have the paper details (references and cited-by), but how can I get the actual pdf of the paper?”

For copyright reasons we cannot serve the actual pdf files (unless they are OpenAccess). However, we do provide a link to the publisher, or a link to a page on the Internet where the pdf can be downloaded from (if not copyrighted by the publisher). See  How do you access the PDF of an article? for users’ views about the accessability of pdfs.

“I did a search on specific keywords and got several papers that matched the keywords but were  not in the area I was looking for.  What areas and publishers do you cover?”

We update our databases on a weekly basis with new journal and conference articles from the main CS and EE publishers. Having said that, there are a few remaining “holes” in our coverage and we are working to close them. If your particular area is not well covered, please let us know!

“It would be great to get BibTex data for an article or a list of articles, so I could easily include it in the papers I write.”

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What do researchers search for?

During the early Beta Testing period we asked our users what they were searching for on the site. The possible choices were:

  • I knew the article and/or authors I wanted, and I searched to find the PDF
  • I searched for articles by a specific author
  • I searched on topic keywords to find the best articles with them

The chart below shows the responses:

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