Considering that scientific research is the main driver of innovation in our world, the software services researchers work with can be surprisingly outdated or overly complicated. Luckily, there are a number of tools that have recently emerged to make the research and publication process a more enjoyable experience. Read on to discover the latest technologies that can help you with everything from illustrating your medical presentations to searching for journal articles or even visualizing your data…
Targeted at doctors and medical researchers, SMART Servier offers professionally designed medical graphics to illustrate websites, articles or PowerPoint presentations. The platform has over 3000 vector images, many of which are standalone graphics that can be combined to create specific illustrations. Browse through different image categories, including heart and circulation, bones, the laboratory, and physiology to find the perfect picture.
Not exclusively limited to the field of academia, Scrivener is a writing tool with many features designed to make writing a smoother and less painful process. The application automatically saves your document as you go and offers tools such as a corkboard to help you plan and structure your work. One feature that’s especially helpful for academics is the ability to break articles down into sections, allowing you to see the entire article without having to endlessly scroll through a Word document. To reward you for your focus, Scrivener also includes a detailed progress feature.
Between library subscriptions, open access publishers, pre-print servers and research networks, finding the best source of a journal article can be a challenge. In fact, the founders of Kopernio estimate that it takes between five and 15 clicks to access most article pdfs. Kopernio’s browser plugin offers a far more streamlined approach to your search, providing one-click access to the best available online source of the article. For papers that aren’t open access and are not available via your university subscriptions, Kopernio also searches through pre-print servers and author manuscripts from institutional repositories.
Genialis targets life science and biomedical researchers. Its analytics and data imaging software makes visualizing and interpreting complex data sources, including genome sequencing data, straightforward. Their software platform is designed for people without a bioinformatics background and is intuitive to use, so hopefully you won’t have to rely on data experts to interpret your research data anymore.
This nifty tool is helpful regardless whether you’re a researcher or not. Smallpdf offers 16 tools to work with PDFs, including the option to compress, edit, e-sign or convert pdfs to different formats such as Word or Excel. This may not be a revolutionary service, however Smallpdf’s simple design makes it a far more intuitive and enjoyable platform to use than its many competitors. An added bonus is the company’s focus on data privacy, meaning that all file transfers are secured via an SSL encryption process and are automatically deleted from the Smallpdf servers when you’re finished.