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September 16, 2020

Improvements:

  • Improved the way Meta processes preprints and papers, so they become available faster.
  • Altmetric data now appears on paper lander pages so that users do not have to flip between screen views to reference Altmetrics while within the paper lander.

August 26, 2020

Improvements:

  • Meta now has the most updated list of UMLS concepts. Those can be searched for or added to a feed.
  • Feeds you use often now include an option to sort by “Matched to you”. We use your previous clicks on papers in the feed to understand the papers you like to read in this feed. Then we move papers that are similar to the top of the list.  Read more about it here.
  • Altmetrics data are now available on individual paper pages.

August 12, 2020

Improvements:

  • Fixed a bug in which the Open Access label was not showing on all Open Access papers

July 29, 2020

Improvements:

  • Simplified the edit feed module
  • Fixed a bug in which feeds weren’t loading
  • Fixed a bug in which newly added terms weren’t disappearing from the drop-down menu once they were added to the grouping when editing a feed

July 15, 2020

Features:

  • Altmetric counts have returned to paper cards with a new look. To access the Altmetric breakdown, click the “discussing” icon on a paper card, and a breakdown of post-publication discussion appears:
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  • The filter options for time period and paper type have a new look as well. Drop-down menus take up less space, especially benefiting users on mobile devices:
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  • New content  is now labeled within the feed:
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July 1, 2020

Features:

  • Updated the design of the edit feed interface to make the boolean structure of feeds more clear.

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Improvements:

  • Fixed a bug with displaying the “new” label on some papers.
  • Fixed a bug which caused the “day” view for feeds that use the "not" filter to appear empty in some cases.
  • Fixed a bug which caused the PDF link to be broken for some preprints.

June 17, 2020

Features:

  • The preprint repository arXiv Quantitative Biology (q-bio) has been added to Meta. As of Jun 16, there are 31,303 q-bio preprints in Meta, with more being added daily.
  • You may also notice preprints from other sources (chemRxiv, Research Square, SSRN, arXiv), surfacing in Meta’s COVID-19 feeds. These are coming to Meta via PubMed, and you can read more about it here

Improvements:

  • Fixed a bug in which the search overlay caused a viewing error in the feed underneath it.
  • Improved accessibility for keyboard navigation of the site.

 

June 3, 2020

Improvements:

  • Fixed a bug in which Wikidata and Wikipedia links on concepts were not working.
  • Fixed a bug which altered the image sizes in Discover.
  • Fixed a bug in which dialog boxes weren’t closing.
  • Small design changes throughout the site; these updates do not affect functionality.

 

May 20, 2020

Improvements:

  • Meta now provides a concise definition for a set of the most popular scientific concepts (approximately 180K). Additionally, over 11K of the concepts link out to Wikidata and over 6K link out to Wikipedia. We will continue to add more external links in the future.

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  • Fixed a bug in which the author list could not be expanded at the paper card level.
  • Fixed a bug in which all concepts were not being shown at the paper card level.
  • Improved accessibility for keyboard navigation of the site. 
  • Small design changes throughout the site; these updates do not affect functionality.

 

May 6, 2020

Improvements:

  • Meta is implementing some changes to our user interface. Over the next few weeks, you will notice that your feed- and paper-level views look a little different. As we roll out these new looks, some features may be temporarily unavailable, but will be returning—including the Altmetrics counts and the “new” indicator on papers. Watch this space for any announcements.
  • Is there a paper in your feed that you don't want to see? Now you can click the ellipses on the paper card and select hide paper to no longer see it.

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  • Paper cards now include tags for Open Access where applicable, so that you can see which papers are free to access just by scrolling through your feeds and libraries.
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  • Fixed a bug in which the save to library icon looked the same whether a paper was saved or not.

 

April 22, 2020

Improvements:

  • We have added links to Meta’s blog on the How It Works page, the Help Center, and Meta itself.

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  • Ensured that cookie permissions are being properly saved.
  • Fixed a bug which was preventing sign-up for Meta from public pages.
  • On mobile devices, the header is now properly sticky.

April 8, 2020

Features

The preprint repository medRxiv has been added to Meta, adding over 3,000 preprints to Meta’s database, with more being added daily.

Improvements:

  • Clicking on a paper card will now open the paper lander view in a new tab
  • Feed lists are now more accessible with keyboard-enabled navigation
  • Security updates to keep Meta and our users safe

Attention Meta Users: Maintenance

Meta will be undergoing some planned maintenance on Wednesday, April 8th from 7-10 AM PT. The site will be unavailable during this time.

March 25, 2020

Improvements:

  • Fixed an issue in which certain dialog boxes (e.g., the “improve your recommendations” prompt on the library screen) could not be closed
  • Security fixes to keep Meta and our users safe

March 11, 2020

Features

Where we are permitted, we have enabled one-click access to full-text PDF’s. What this means is that PDF’s for Open Access (OA) papers, historical papers that have become available as OA, and bioRxiv preprints can be accessed with less steps: just click the “Download PDF” button and a new tab will open with that PDF. 

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For papers where the PDF is not directly available, a dropdown will appear when you click on the “Download PDF” button, allowing you to choose your preferred full text source: institutional access, publisher, or PubMed.

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Improvements:

  • Improved performance of the app.
  • Fixed an issue in which the screen was freezing on mobile devices when clicking on the menu.

March 4, 2020

Improvements:

  • Enhanced accessibility of pages by removing some duplicate HTML tags.
  • Fixed some miscellaneous text glitches in various parts of the site.
  • Fixed an issue in which “How It Works” and “Discover Feeds” links in the header were not working for Firefox users.
  • Upgraded Open Source packages to keep Meta and our users secure.
  • Fixed an issue in which opening a paper on mobile devices did not open the correct view.
  • Fixed an issue with site redirects that caused 15 minutes of site downtime Wednesday morning PST.

February 26, 2020

Improvements:

  • Upgraded Open Source packages to keep Meta and our users secure.
  • Fixed an issue in which the mouse cursor changed unexpectedly over certain elements.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Add To Library button was not showing on paper pages for logged in users.
  • Based on your feedback, we removed the toggle button that would show only new papers in a feed; the green “new” indicator dot remains to help you easily spot new papers. 
  • Standardized some UI styling across the site.
  • Increased performance by removing some unused 3rd party libraries.

February 19, 2020

Improvements:

  • Enhanced paper pages and feed preview pages to show a selection of trending feeds when no related feeds have been found.
  • Fixed an issue in which you could scroll your list of feeds while having a feed actions dropdown open, leading to a confusing experience.
  • Fixed an issue in which, in rare cases during the morning PST, creating a new feed would show an empty feed, which would re-populate the next day.

February 12, 2020

Improvements:

  • Upgraded Open Source packages to keep Meta and our users secure.
  • Fixed an issue in which adding a search term to feeds using the Follow button was not correctly adding to all selected feeds.
  • Removed “Trending In Science” search topics for a more clear user experience.
  • Fixed an issue in which page “10” of search results was numbered page “9”.
  • Enhanced the usability of modal dialog boxes on small devices.
  • Fixed an issue in which logging in with Google SSO would sometimes ask you to recreate your first feed.
  • Fixed an issue in which changing the date view of your feed would sometimes jump to a different feed.
  • Fixed an issue that caused email digests to be sent one day late.

 February 5, 2020

A reminder about supported browsers:

As of today, Meta no longer supports the use of Internet Explorer. Because Microsoft no longer updates Internet Explorer, this browser is missing key security and functionality updates. If you prefer or are required to use a Microsoft browser, please use Edge. For more about the recommended browsers for the optimal Meta experience, please visit the Help Center.

Improvements:

  • Fixed an issue in which the list of authors was not displaying on individual paper pages.
  • Reduced the clickable area of certain links for a cleaner UI experience.
  • Fixed an issue in which the search bar was mistakenly using cached words from other text boxes.
  • Fixed an issue in which IDs were being displayed instead of text for some search results.
  • Fixed an issue in which various functions were not working properly for users who had created accounts using Google SSO.
  • Fixed an issue in which a feed would fail to load if all of its following groups were deleted.

January 29, 2020

A reminder about supported browsers:

Starting Feb 5, 2020, Meta will no longer support the use of Internet Explorer. Because Microsoft no longer updates Internet Explorer, this browser is missing key security and functionality updates. If you prefer or are required to use a Microsoft browser, please use Edge. For more about the recommended browsers for the optimal Meta experience, please visit the Help Center.

Improvements:

  • The existing search functionality on Discover desktop has now been enabled for mobile devices.
  • Increased performance by caching certain recommended concepts & authors.
  • Increased security on some internal APIs to help keep Meta secure.
  • Fixed an issue in which you could not resubscribe to email digests if you had unsubscribed.
  • Upgraded Open Source packages to keep Meta and our users secure.
  • Fixed an issue in which the sign up dialog box would not close upon request.
  • Fixed an issue in which some users would periodically receive a site-blocking error “Oops, something went wrong.”
  • Removed an inadvertently released feature displaying affiliations for authors.
  • Fixed an issue in which the “Save To Library” button was not working on individual paper pages.
  • Fixed an issue with updating your Profile for accounts created using Google Single Sign On.
  • Fixed an issue in which we did not display the New User Tour for accounts created using Google Single Sign On.

January 22, 2020

A reminder about supported browsers:

Starting Feb 5, 2020, Meta will no longer support the use of Internet Explorer. Because Microsoft no longer updates Internet Explorer, this browser is missing key security and functionality updates. If you prefer or are required to use a Microsoft browser, please use Edge. For more about the recommended browsers for the optimal Meta experience, please visit the Help Center.

Features:

Single Sign-on with Google. We want it to be quick and easy to get started with Meta and discover research. Anyone new to Meta can now sign up in one quick step using their Google account and continue to use it for simple logging in. For more information, visit our Help Center.

Improvements:

  • Clicking on paper links in your weekly email digests now correctly opens individual papers.
  • Fixed an issue in which using multiple Meta accounts in the same browser window may show data from the wrong session.
  • Enhanced the ranking of journals in search results.
  • Fixed some issues with scroll bars and content display on Firefox.
  • Upgraded Open Source packages to keep Meta and our users secure.

January 15, 2020

A reminder about supported browsers:

Starting Feb 5, 2020, Meta will no longer support the use of Internet Explorer. Because Microsoft no longer updates Internet Explorer, this browser is missing key security and functionality updates. If you prefer or are required to use a Microsoft browser, please use Edge. For more about the recommended browsers for the optimal Meta experience, please visit the Help Center.

Improvements:

  • Fixed some issues where text was overflowing where it shouldn’t.
  • Fixed a display issue in certain cases when creating a new feed.
  • Increased performance by removing unused code.

January 8, 2020

Attention users of Internet Explorer:

Starting Feb 5, 2020, Meta will no longer support the use of Internet Explorer. Because Microsoft no longer updates Internet Explorer, this browser is missing key security and functionality updates. If you prefer or are required to use a Microsoft browser, please use Edge.

Improvements:

  • Fixed an issue in which searches with an apostrophe would not show correct results.
  • Fixed an issue in which searching Discover Feeds multiple times showed cached results from the first search.
  • Upgraded Open Source packages to keep Meta and our users secure.

December 18, 2019

Features:

Discover Feeds Search.  Now, when logged in to your account on Meta, you can explore all of the new and trending paper feeds by searching for your specific topic of interest.  Just click on the Discover section of the left navigation bar after logging in to Meta, and you’ll see an Explore Feeds search bar at the top.

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Improvements:

  • Fixed an issue where clicking on related papers in your Library would make the sidebar disappear.
  • Added a notice about our usage of cookies on the Discover Feeds preview pages.

December 11, 2019

Improvements:

  • Fixed an issue in which viewing paper details in Firefox opened in a new window instead of a new tab.
  • Fixed an issue in which adding suggested Researchers, Journals, and Concepts to your feed did not work correctly.
  • Signing up for Meta with your institutional email address now correctly redirects full paper downloads to your institutional link resolver.
  • Enhanced paper pages with no related feeds by suggesting top feeds to follow.
  • Increased user privacy by encrypting plain text email addresses in our mechanism for sending email digests.

December 4, 2019

Improvements:

  • Fixed an issue where some users could not sign up for a new account after attempting to log in.
  • Improved performance by reducing application size.
  • Added Kopernio plug-in support for individual paper pages.

November 27, 2019

Improvements:

  • Fixed signup with autofill on Safari.
  • Fixed a small bug where new users were able to follow a space rather than a term, leading to non-specific papers in their Feeds.
  • Existing users are now able to log into their account from shared feed links, and the feed will be added to their Meta account.
  • Fixed small bugs with Meta’s links on social media.

November 20, 2019

Features:

Our introductory video has been added to our main information page. If you’ve been having a good experience using Meta, please consider sharing our video with colleagues or via social media!

Improvements:

  • Fixed some issues preventing users from signing up from shared feeds.
  • Fixed an issue where the Share Paper button wasn’t displaying on mobile devices.
  • When you share Meta’s links on social media, they will be formatted to include an image for each type of page.
  • Various architectural changes were made to improve the performance of your Meta experience.
  • Improved the clarity of forms when creating new feeds and libraries.
  • Updated treatments of various visual elements (images, scrollbars, footers, hover states, etc) on our homepage to maintain a consistent and polished feel.

November 13, 2019

Features:

“Similar papers found in these feeds.”  

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When viewing a single paper, a list of Discover Feeds that this paper appears in will be displayed on the right. Click on a feed to preview it and add that feed to your Meta experience.

Improvements:

  • Simplified 3rd party API calls for increased performance across the site.
  • Removed loading of unnecessary images on Discover pages.
  • Corrected the login behavior when accepting a shared feed.
  • Fixed a scrolling issue on mobile devices when saving to libraries.
  • "Back to Top" button on Discover Feed Previews now returns users to the top of the Feed Preview instead of the top of the paper list in the Feed.

November 6, 2019

Improvements:

Based on user feedback, viewing details on an individual paper in your feeds or libraries now opens in a new tab for a cleaner user experience.

Enhanced some aspects of the user interface, including:

  • Fixed an issue with create feed or library buttons from Discover
  • Navigation on paper pages is improved - pagination controls take you back to the top of the paper list
  • Feed scrolling is now even smoother
  • Added back to top button when you're scrolling on Feed Previews

Upgraded Open Source packages to keep Meta and our users secure.

Tightened access controls on some page elements to decrease potential vulnerabilities.

October 30, 2019

Features:

Discover Feed Previews! Now you can quickly understand and explore a topic before you add the feed to your account. When you navigate to the Discover section of your left navbar Discover_button.PNG, or head to meta.org/discover, you can now click on those feeds to see an example of which papers will show up when you subscribe to that feed.

Improvements:

  • Users can now create feeds and libraries with the same name.
  • Enhanced some aspects of the user interface.
  • Upgraded Open Source packages to keep Meta and our users secure.
  • Increased performance for some page loads.
  • Increased responsiveness when renaming feeds or libraries.