What is Meta?

Meta is a research discovery tool that provides a faster way to understand and explore science through personalized feeds. Meta uses machine learning to quickly analyze, map and cluster tens of mil...

How can I get started quickly?

These short videos will help you to get started quickly and get the most out of Meta. 1. Top 5 feed tips 2. Create and customize your feed 3. Link your academic email to access full-text articles 4...

Who is Meta for?

Meta is designed for biomedical researchers at all career stages. For example, students can use it to get up to speed on a new project; and scientists can use it to keep on top of new papers in the...

How much does Meta cost?

Meta is free, and free of ads. Plus, user data is never shared or sold. Meta is enabled by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropy with the mission to support the science and technology tha...

What is the difference between Meta and PubMed, Google Scholar or other academic search engines?

PubMed and Google Scholar are search engines, which require you to enter keywords that reflect your research interests, scan thousands of results to find exactly what you need, and then repeat the ...

What does Beta mean? Could my account be deactivated at some point?

Meta is currently in Beta, which means we’re still improving, testing and gathering valuable feedback from our users about the tool. Your account will not be affected when Meta is released.

What content is included in Meta?

Meta offers full coverage of research articles indexed on PubMed as well as preprints from bioRxiv. Meta continuously scans these sources for new papers, ensuring our live map of science is compreh...

How many scientific articles does Meta cover?

Meta covers more than 29 million biomedical research articles in its database and is continually growing. In fact, Meta adds more than 4,000 newly published papers every day. If an important biomed...

What is a preprint?

A preprint is a draft of a scientific article that has been neither peer-reviewed nor published in a scholarly journal. Preprints are quickly becoming an integral part of research communication bec...

Does Meta work with my reference manager?

Yes. You can sync your Meta library with Mendeley and easily cite any of the papers you’ve discovered using Meta. We’ll be adding additional reference managers soon. In the meantime, Meta lets you ...

How does Meta rank its content?

Similar to the way Google’s search engine ranks pages within the vast world wide web and matches them to your search query, Meta ranks papers, journals, authors and other biomedical concepts, then ...

Will Meta’s technologies be applied to fields outside biomedicine?

Meta plans to remain focused on biomedicine and excel at helping biomedical researchers stay up to date. We recognize there are many fields that intersect with biomedicine, including chemistry, phy...

Does Meta only support English-language papers?

Yes. Currently, we only include papers in English. If there is a specific language you would like us to support, please let us know.

How does Meta extract biomedical concepts, such as researchers, journals, diseases, genes, proteins and pathways, from papers?

Meta's data is collected directly from PubMed, as well as other gold-standard academic ontologies such as MeSH, OMIM and the Gene Ontology. Similar to how humans read, Meta uses machine learning to...