A newly launched Google Scholar tool aims provides registered users who have public profiles with personalized picks of recommended papers based on citation data and other factors.
"Often the spark for discovery comes from making a new connection or looking in a direction that you hadn't yet considered and that … you wouldn't have known to look for," writes software engineer James Connor at the Google Scholar blog. "We hope to start fostering these new connections with Scholar Updates."
"Google Scholar Updates correctly identified a paper of interest to me," writes UKOLN's Brian Kelly at his blog. Over at The Tree of Life, Jonathan Eisen from the University of California, Davis, calls the new tool "a big step forward in sifting through the scientific literature." Science of the Invisible's AJ Cann says that Scholar Updates "looks potentially useful so far" and "seems to be on the money with suggested content." He worries, though, that because "it does not filter for quality … there are a lot of low-quality conference papers."