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Colby Vorland
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Lazy Scholar for Firefox was shut down late last year because of compatibility issues but is nearing working stage again. Unfortunately, it will require Firefox version 53 or higher. The current Firefox release schedule is as follows:

Firefox 53 beta: March 3
Firefox 53: April 18

The goal is to release it by March 3 for those using the beta version.

If you would like to help me beta test it and have Firefox version 53 or higher installed, please email me at the address here: http://www.lazyscholar.org/about/. Beta versions for Firefox will be distributed manually for now.

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Beta version 132.0 for Chrome:

-Adds impact factors, citations, and full texts when available to PubMed search results. See photo for example.
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Beta version 131.0 for Chrome:

-Added citation count from Microsoft Academic
-Citation counts now link to respective listings on Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic, and Web of Science
-Search Microsoft Academic from the address bar with "ls" [space] "ms" + query (or remove the "ms" requirement in options by changing your default search preference)
-Small cosmetic changes & bug fixes

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Like the widget update- currently we can resize the 3x2 to 2x2, but any chance you would allow it to be resized to 2x1? I like to see my list but wish I could make use of the unused space with another app when I just have a few items.
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Pushed beta version 130.1 for Chrome.

Changed servers, so testing them in this version. Also included a fix to prevent the infobar from appearing in non-scholarly pdfs.

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Pushed beta version 129.3 for Chrome.

I discovered citepeer.io recently, which uses machine learning to see how closely related citations are. It works great in my testing to discover new papers and it also has the references for the current paper, so I've integrated it into Lazy Scholar with their permission. "Related Papers" is now "References" in the infobar, and both PubMed related papers and citepeer results are relegated to a sidebar that is opened when you click the text under "References". I will be tweaking designs as I confirm that everything works ok.

One known bug that may be Chrome related- when re-opening the sidebar after closing it, the scrollbar disappears.

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Pushed beta version 129.2 for Chrome.

Redesigned/improved search and recommendations. Right clicking the icon will show links to each (if you've turned on recommendations in options). Both are now full pages. The recommendation page looks like the screenshot below. Hovering over each citation will quickly load the abstract on the right for fast scanning.
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Pushed beta version 129 for Chrome.

In addition to minor bug fixes, I'm excited to start testing a new paper suggestion system that automatically learns what research topics you prefer, and ranks new PubMed listings accordingly. It learns simply by using the papers you open as part of your normal browsing habits- no manual input required.

To start using it, right click on the icon and open Options, and under the section that describes the recommendations, select "On". (The other options for notifications do not yet work, but will in the next update). Now you will see a new option when you right click on the icon called "My Recommendations" (see screenshot). Clicking this will overlay a list of recommendations that will be updated daily (see screenshot). The Keywords tab will show you what topics Lazy Scholar has learned based on your browsing habits- in future versions these will be toggle-able.

Note: as I am still actively developing this feature, it may stop working at points or your data may be lost.

Please provide feedback about how well these ranking match your interests.


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Just pushed beta version 128 for Chrome.

I've started incorporated a way to query using natural language for previously viewed papers through the extension. The advantage of this is obvious- if there is a paper that you want to quickly find you may be able to find it faster than using google. And you don't have to manually classify any papers you visit- this is done automatically just by previously viewing the papers. I need help testing it- challenging the interpreter with different query combinations allows me to train it to better to understand a wider range of query strategies.

To search, simply enter "LS" (without the quotes) followed by a space in the Chrome address bar. When you see the Lazy Scholar icon, any typing you do will automatically start searching after a short pause- no need to hit enter.

Here are some examples of what you can search for so far:
-Search "get last paper" or "last" and a reference to the most recent paper you viewed will display. Or, give it any number you'd like, such as "get last 10 papers".
-If you want to find the papers you visit the most, simply write something like "top papers", or "top" and it will give you an ordered list of results. Or, you can search within a topic, like "top papers about phosphorus", which only shows those papers you've visited most containing phosphorus in the title or as a keyword.
-You can also ask it to get papers from specific authors (currently just last name only), such as "last paper from Marks" to find the last paper you've visited by Marks.

I plan to expand what is searchable, but please let me know if you have ideas/requests.

Here is a video demo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG0vVTD8aSw

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Lazy Scholar for Chrome beta version 127

Putting the newly improved abilities to find free full texts to use.

- PDFs are shown with a graphic and verified by the extension that they are really PDFs that you can access. Multiple PDF options may be shown if found.
- Lazy Scholar now checks several sources for full texts, and gives all results to the user. The green document graphic indicates that Lazy Scholar is very confident that the full text is completely freely available (and is not a PDF), and the yellow is moderate confidence.
- Hovering over the graphics now displays the urls so you know what you are opening.
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