Algorithms are the methods Discover uses to recommend relevant papers. We have three algorithms to choose from:
Discover finds results with the highest amount of common references and/or citations to your inputs. Discover uses techniques like bibliographic coupling (co-citations) and falloff curve to prioritise results.
Discover will analyse your inputs and identify common author collaborations. It will then recommend articles that feature similar authors.
Discover will use AI-driven semantic analysis on the titles and abstracts of your inputs. It will then recommend similar articles based on content similarity. This is the only algorithm that does not use citations/references in calculating recommendations, so it's useful for finding papers that may have fewer citations or are from places you wouldn't normally check.
Our search tech isn't as strong as other databases like Google Scholar. If you're looking to browse literature based on topic, we recommend searching using your other databases and bringing those articles into Litmaps for further discovery.
Looking up Known Articles
The fastest and most reliable methods for bringing a known article into Litmaps are:
Paste the article's DOI into the search box
Search using the whole title, but make sure to wrap the title in "quotes" – this is an exact match (see below) and will run much more quickly.
Advanced Search Operators
We use Elasticsearch to power our keyword search engine. We support several advanced search operators:
… " Match exact phrases – Ideal for title searches
- Exclude the next term
( … ) Group terms
pre* Matches all possibilities after the given prefix
Logical OR operator