Meta goes beyond keyword matching to intelligently help you explore your research interests. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Enter a Search Term. In the Search Bar, enter a term that reflects your research interests. Even if an Interest matching your search term does not exist, Meta will suggest a relevant Interest for you to follow. For example:
|Search Term||Suggested Interest|
|LC-MS||Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry|
|Next Generation Sequencing||Massively-Parallel Sequencing|
Alternatively, you can search for your Interest using Text Match in the same way you would search on other platforms and databases. Simply type a term and hit Enter on your keyboard.
2. Explore Related Interests. Meta suggests other Interests that are strongly related to the one you entered. You can find these suggestions in many places on the platform, including at the top of the Search page (“Related Interests”), on the right-hand side of your feeds (“Related Interests to Follow”), and beneath the details of a paper (“Suggested Researchers,” “Suggested Journals,” “Suggested Concepts”).
3. Start with a known paper of interest. You can search for a paper that you know reflects your research interests using Text Match. Once you find it, you will be able to explore interests related to that paper beneath the abstract.
4. Use Intersections to refine feeds. You might want to begin exploring Meta by creating feeds that reflect your broad research interests. But if you find that they are not specific enough, you can add interests to increase the specificity of the papers in your feed. Meta doesn’t use Boolean operators such as AND and OR. But you can emulate the Boolean operator AND by creating an Intersection between two or more scientific interests. See: Can I use Boolean operators in Meta?