Rxivist combines preprints from bioRxiv with data from Twitter to help you find the papers being discussed in your field. Currently indexing 66,973 bioRxiv papers from 294,811 authors.
Papers about the Rxivist project:
- Tracking the popularity and outcomes of all bioRxiv preprints. eLife. doi:
- Rxivist.org: Sorting biology preprints using social media and readership metrics. PLOS Biology. doi:
Rxivist is developed and maintained by the Blekhman Lab at the University of Minnesota. Its source code is available on GitHub in two locations, for the API and this web application. Its main components are:
- Python 3, the Bottle web framework and the Requests-HTML module (for web crawling)
- PostgreSQL database and the Psycopg SDK
- Docker containerization
- Bootstrap display elements
- Chart.js data visualization
Coverage of Rxivist
- "All-time" Twitter metrics (from Crossref) currently date back to February 2017. This is pulled from a different source than Altmetric, so their totals will likely be different.
- BioRxiv download metrics are updated for each paper about once every two weeks, which means there may be a discrepency between the totals reported on bioRxiv and the totals reported here.
- Top preprints of 2018
- Paper search
- Author leaderboards
- Overall metrics
- The API
- Email newsletter
- 21 May 2019: PLOS Biology has published a community page about Rxivist.org and its design.
- 10 May 2019: The paper analyzing the Rxivist dataset has been published at eLife.
- 1 Mar 2019: We now have summary statistics about bioRxiv downloads and submissions.
- 8 Feb 2019: Data from Altmetric is now available on the Rxivist details page for every preprint. Look for the "donut" under the download metrics.
- 30 Jan 2019: preLights has featured the Rxivist preprint and written about our findings.
- 22 Jan 2019: Nature just published an article about Rxivist and our data.
- 13 Jan 2019: The Rxivist preprint is live!