What is CiteHero?
CiteHero is a free academic search engine with extra tools to make research more efficient and effective. Read this Help section for information about how to best use CiteHero, or visit our About page for an overview of our features.
1.1 CiteHero Write: academic writing made easy
Our writing tool CiteHero Write will change the way you write academic essays and papers.
When you write in CiteHero Write, Auto Search automatically searches for articles relevant to what you’re writing. Suggested articles are delivered to your sidebar every few seconds, and can be inserted as formatted citations with a single click.
This removes the distracting and time-consuming process of manually searching for articles on a separate website or database, such as Google Scholar, before adding formatted citations by hand or with separate reference library software.
By integrating automated research and citating directly into your writing, CiteHero Write streamlines your workflow and lets you concentrate on what really matters.
Auto Search improves the quality of your research by almost forcing you to discover relevant research. Since articles are fed to you effortlessly, the barrier of manual search effort is lifted and you're likely to encounter many articles that you'd have missed if required to take time away from your document to search.
There are major learning advantages to having articles delivered to your sidebar. You can rapidly learn-on-the-go by reading summaries and abstracts of suggested articles, all without leaving your document.
Our computer-generated summaries allow much greater coverage of a field, simply due to the efficiency of reading key information only. Control the balance of coverage vs. depth by choosing between summaries, abstracts, and full-texts, depending on your level of interest in an article.
1.2 Smarter search: visualizations, controls and filters
CiteHero has developed several features to improve searching for articles.
- Interactive visualizations provide new and insightful ways to explore search results. Instead of wading through pages of text, view the top articles as an interactive scatterplot, network diagram, in subject circles, or as a wordcloud. This lets you see the literature from many different angles and quickly find the best articles according to your own criteria. Visualizations also make the task of literature search more interesting and enjoyable, which can't hurt.
- Search Controls let you adjust the weightings given to various factors in your search result ranking. Search results are (by default) ranked by Score, which is a combination of search term relevance and article metrics, including citation count, year published, and journal impact factor. If you have a preference for a certain type of article (e.g. articles recently published in high-impact journals), Search Controls let you explicitly express this in your search.
- Filters let you constrain your search according to any field, including subject, author, and year of publication. When activate, this applies to everything you do in CiteHero, whether it be a manual search from the homepage or Auto Search in CiteHero Write.
1.3 User curation: voting and comments
User curation, or the act of users reviewing, rating and commenting on content, is a powerful way of sorting and understanding large amounts of information. It's used to great effect on websites such as Reddit and Imgur, where users vote on posted content and the best content rises to the top. Comment sections allow discussion of each post, and in many cases are more interesting than the posts themselves.
Our vision is to bring user curation to the entire academic literature. We provide a forum for the review and discussion of every article in our database (over 85 million articles), which over time can separate the wheat from the chaff. By participating, you're helping to create an every-growing system of post-publication peer review.
Votes indicate the quality of an article and help to improve search. Unlike citation count which typically takes years to develop, vote counts can be available almost immediately after publication and can change rapidly in response to current knowledge. Since vote count can decrease, votes for discredited or outdated articles can be modified as knowledge and opinions change. In contrast, citation count can only increase, is slow to respond, and can be misleadsingly high for erroneous articles that have been heavily criticized in other articles.
Comments help other users understand an article and its broader context, and add value to the literature as a whole. Comments can also be voted upon, giving recognition and visibility to high-quality input.
The need for post-publication peer review is well recognized, but til now it has not been available for the majority of the academic literature. Commenting is currently only available for subsets of the literature (e.g. Pubmed, PubPeer, or journals such as PLoS ONE), and in some cases only certain users can participate. To the best of our knowledge, there are no other voting systems for academic literature.