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Show HN:Last year I asked HN to do it, now I am doing it myself-JournalClub iPad
13 points by alimoeeny 2048 days ago | hide | past | web | 5 comments | favorite
Almost one year ago I asked HN if anybody is interested to make a Web app to make reading and finding scientific papers smarter [http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1664648]. No one did, at least no one did what "I" think is the best way to approach this problem. A a few month ago I decided to do it myself.<p>Meet JournalClub iPad app (absolutely free), http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/journalclub/id443819334? I have a recommendation engine in the pipeline that I would introduce in the next update (hopefully in a month or so). I really appreciate any comments, feedbacks.

I used to manage mobile products for a large STM publisher. This app is nice - well done getting it off the ground! FWIW I'd stay focused on the core concept (scanning many papers quickly), this is genuinely useful. Nail that first before moving on to other features. I wouldn't worry too much about recommendations: they're very hard to get right in this context, you'd be doing very well if more than one in twenty recommended papers were something useful that the user hasn't already seen.

Isn't this what Mendeley does?

Yep, they are also tackling the same problem. An to be honest I haven't used Mandeley in a while but their approach was not what I think is most suitable for me. To me, the main problem is not document management or reference management or ways of finding fulltext papers (these are all important but not the major problem). The major problem in my mind is exploration, which means keeping up to date with the literature, when despite using all the tools I still need to go through hundreds af papers a week to make sure I am not missing something relevant to me, I say my tools are not effective.

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