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Trial use of ‘scite’ - a new platform for discovering and evaluating scientific articles

by Learning and Research Services HKUL on 2021-04-13T15:59:00+08:00 | Comments

scite helps researchers better discover and evaluate scientific articles through Smart Citations. In addition to assessing research articles by citation count, the Smart Citations also display the citation context from the citation article which help researchers better understand and assess how research articles have been cited beyond citation count. The research articles are classified by a Deep Learning model to identify if the citation provides supporting or disputing evidence, or simply mentions it.

Smart Citation Badge
scite launches the extension that allows users to get access to the scite data in the form of scite badges on search results, references, citations and more.

The extension inserts Smart Citation Badge on many popular academic literature databases and publishers websites. It currently supports Wikipedia, Pubmed, Pubmed Central, ScienceDirect, eLife, Nature, Google, Google Scholar, PLOS, ORCID, AGS, Springer, MDPI, Sage, Taylor & Francis Online, SPIE, Wiley, Karger biorxiv, medrxiv, Science, Web of Science, Scopus. PNAS and Europe PMC.

If you want to see the badge automatically around the webpages, install the scite browser extensions on Chrome and/or Firefox that support hundreds of sites. Or, click on the “Install extension!” button on scite website to install the extension.


For more details about the scite badge, click here.

Context of cited references
Smart Citations provide the context of cited references. For example,


Features that help discover and evaluate the references
scite provides the following features that help researchers find and evaluate references:

Reference Check: to check the reliability of your references. You can upload your paper to scite and see if any of your references have been retracted and contrasted or to see how others reference the same studies.

Search: to discover supporting and contrasting evidence.

Visualization of the research: to discover and evaluate how articles cite each other through interactive scite Visualizations.

Creating dashboard: to create custom dashboards to better evaluate and keep tract of groups of articles or your reference manager library.

Setting up topic notifications: to allow you to set an email alert on authors, journals, institutions, publications and more. By setting an alert you receive email whenever new citation is made to a set of publications.

Journal & institution metrics: to explore journal and institutional dashboards to find their publications, compare rankings, and to see changes in their yearly scite index.

Sign up for scite on trial
Sign up and gain access to scite on trial. The trial is available until 7 July 2021.


Learn more about scite by watching the videos of (1) How to ensure your references are reliable; and (2) How to see if a scientific paper has been supported or disputed using the scite browser extension.

How to ensure your references are reliable

How to see if a scientific paper has been supported or disputed using the scite browser extension


Feedback and comments
You are encouraged to use scite during the trial period until 7 July 2021. Please send your feedback and comments to <>.

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