Expand Research Discovery with Meta

Helping Scientists Explore Biomedical Research As It Happens

Now more than ever, researchers need modern, easy-to-use tools that put developments in context, connect disciplines, and can scale with the pace of science.

Researchers today are expected to push the boundaries of knowledge as they face a torrent of findings and new expectations related to monitoring developments in or learning about new fields. These challenges slow the progress of science. Existing tools are simply not built for researchers who want to expand their perspective or keep up with the latest information on how their field is evolving.

That’s where Meta comes in.

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Participants at CZI’s Seed Networks for the Human Cell Atlas meeting learn about Meta.

Meta is now free and open to the scientific community

Meta is a research discovery tool that provides a faster way to understand and explore science through personalized feeds. Starting today, anyone can sign up for a free Meta account.

Since CZI acquired Meta in 2017, the team has worked closely with hundreds of researchers around the world to understand how Meta could help them better navigate and derive insight from the rapid influx of scientific information. Now, we are excited to open up Meta and continue collaborating with researchers, publishers, and practitioners to advance our vision of connecting science and making it easier to explore.

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A new tool for a new generation

Like science itself, Meta builds on prior innovations. For decades, researchers tracked findings using services like search engines and RSS feeds that dissect science by keywords to deliver papers based on recency or citation frequency. While these services can yield long lists of papers related to a search term, researchers are still left to figure out how to streamline discovery, understand connections across articles, or see where a field is going. Meta was created to help ease this burden because we believe the most meaningful breakthroughs will occur at the intersection of science.

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Meta’s core technology is machine learning that analyzes and maps tens of millions of research outputs, including peer-reviewed research articles and preprints, as they are published. Meta then continuously organizes these outputs into automated feeds based on a researcher’s scientific interests, similar to the way streaming services package together songs and podcasts. By putting science in context, Meta simplifies how researchers follow new developments, intersections, or emerging trends that they may not know to look for.

“Meta feels like a modern way of keeping up to date with scientific results, using an approach that fits with today’s hectic and more open research lifestyle.”
— Joshua Blight, postdoctoral fellow,
Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London

Spend less time searching with Meta

To get started, researchers can choose to create their own feeds by selecting any combination of specific concepts, journals, or researchers, or follow a feed curated by Meta’s team of experts. Feeds can be tuned to your interests, making it easy to follow specific concepts, journals, and researchers; broad fields; hot topics; emerging methods; collaborators; and communities of researchers.

The result is an easy-to-use research discovery tool that helps researchers spend less time searching across multiple services and more time generating new ideas.

“Being able to see everything in one place is hugely valuable for me. I used to get tons of emails from RSS feeds, journals, and other sites, and it was difficult to keep up with them. It’s much easier to simply go onto Meta and see all of the new content from these sources since my last login, all at once.”
— Rachel Zwick, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Orofacial Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

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Accelerating science

As a project developed within CZI, Meta is available for free to the entire scientific community. As part of our mission to support the science and technology to cure, prevent, or manage all disease, CZI is committed to building tech tools with and for scientists — including tools like Meta that help researchers navigate the increasingly fast, open, and interdisciplinary science of today.

We’re excited to share Meta with the world and continue to improve and grow with your feedback and input. Join us on this journey! Try Meta today, share it, and together let’s collaborate to accelerate science for everyone.

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