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Tools for Open-Science Research: Search & Discover

Research Activities

Common activities during this research phase include:
  • Search literature and data
  • Get access to literature
  • Get alerts and recommendations on topics/authors of your interests
  • Pre-registration your study and Registered Reports

Tools for Better Literature Search and Discovery

Connected Papers

With Connected papers, you can explore papers in your research field using graphs. You may discover more papers than traditional literature searches.

Website: - Free

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Video: "Connected Papers" - Most Relevant & Similar Research Papers/Literature - Free Productivity Tools!


Inciteful creates a graph of academic papers based on “seed papers” of your choice and helps you gain insight from it.

Website: - Free

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Video: Smart Literature Finder - Inciteful

The Lens

The Lens, is an online patent and scholarly literature discovery tool focuses on science and technology research. 

Website: - Free

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Video: The Lens - Explainer Video

The Open Science Framework (OSF)

OSF is a free, open source web application that connects and supports the research lifecycle, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers use OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data.

Website: - Free

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Video: What is the Open Science Framework all about? (YouTube)


Scite helps researchers better discover and evaluate scientific articles through Smart Citations–citations that display the context of the citation and describe whether the article provides supporting or contrasting evidence.

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Tutorial: How to use Scite to help with your research (YouTube)

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