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July 12, 2007

Learn of New Literature Based on Its Taxa

If you're interested in keeping track of the literature for a particular species, read on to learn about a new service, uBioRSS, that harvests info from hundreds of publisher table of contents alerts!

If you set up searches using this service based on any level of taxa for any type of organism, you'll receive email alerts as new articles are published.

Matthew Cockerill, Track the latest open access research relating to your favorite taxon, BioMed Central blog, June 26, 2007. Excerpt:

uBioRSS is a nifty service from the MBLWHOI Library at Woods Hole, which harvests bibliographic information about new articles from publishers' RSS feeds, and then passes them through the uBio taxonomic classification system which identifies any species that are mentioned in the article, and classifies the article appropriately.

This makes it possible to browse the literature taxonomically, so that, for example you might view a list of all the latest articles on cetaceans far more easily than can be done using plain text search.

What's more, it is possible to filter articles by source, so you an easily taxonomically browse just BioMed Central's open access articles. The site also offers an alerting service, so you can choose to be notified of new articles which relate to your particular taxon of interest.

uBioRSS is a great example of the way in which semantic enrichment can add value to the literature, and shows how it is particularly effective when combined with open access, as this then allows the semantic enrichment to be applied not just to the text of the title and abstract, but to the entire full text. To see an example of this in action, check out the UBio taxonomically-enhanced PubMed Central full text search....

I tested this out to see if it had built-in feeds for the Honeybee, Apis mellifera, and it did! Click Here.

It pulled articles published during the last month in such journals as:
Florida Entomologist
Journal of Medical Entomology
BMC Genomics
Southeastern Naturalist
Australian Journal of Entomology
BMC Developmental Biology
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
PLOS Biology
The Southwestern Naturalist
Journal of Mammalogy
Insect Molecular Biology
Physiological Entomology

So, you might want to sign up for this service from uBioRSS as an adjunct to the alerting emails that you are already receiving (I Hope!) from  Web of Science, PubMed, Biological Abstracts, Scopus, Faculty of 1000, CAB Abstracts, and so on!

Please let me know if you'd like some help setting up alerts in your field!

Posted by Katie Newman at July 12, 2007 11:32 AM