Frequently Asked Questions

What is Scizzle all about?

Do you feel super-excited every time you get your weekly publications alert saying you have 304 new results? Well, when we were in our PhD, we weren’t excited at all scanning endless list of links, which is why we ended up usually deleting these emails and missing out on important papers. As we realized this problem exists for everyone in science trying to keep up, we decided to build Scizzle.

We want you to be able to easily and pleasently keep up with the literature and organize and collaborate on papers of interest, so you can always be on top of your game!

Scizzle is about putting everything that matters to you in science in one place. So instead of having numerous eTOC alerts, PubMed alerts and what not flooding your email inbox, you can just Scizzle. Just set up your feeds for the things you care about and find it all in one easy user-friendly and clean interface, that doesn’t look like the usual boring stuff.

We strongly believe that staying current with the literature is crucial for being a successful scientist (that's in addition to your brain and luck), and reading the right paper at the right time can ultimately lead to life-saving and life-changing discoveries.

Scizzle is still in beta, and we're not talking about beta-mercaptoethanol, we mean it's like a pilot experiment. We are still in our infnacy and there's much more of Scizzle to come; so stay tuned and don't hesitate to let us know what you think!

Ok, I signed up – what do I do now?

First we’d like to say – thank you! You’re awesome! Next, go ahead and create feeds for the things that you’d like to stay current with. Not sure what we mean? Watch the video and read on.

What is this feed thingy all about?

The point of a feed is to aggregate together papers you care about on a specific topic. You can search by the following:

  • All fields
  • Abstract / Title
  • Author
  • Journal

Here are a few examples:

  • Author(s)-based feed, like "Doe JJ"
  • Journal(s)-based feed
  • What’s published on "T cell signaling" in Nature, Cell or Science
  • Anything published on "HIV" and "actin"
What happens when I create a feed?

When the feed is created, we will fetch the most recent 25 results from the past 30 days.

I’ve been slacking for a while, what if I want Scizzle to fetch papers older than 30 days?

Bummer! We set it up this way so you don't get overwhelmed. For now, you can’t change the 30 days / 25 results limit, but if you’d like it to be an option– cast your vote here, and check out our blog where we cover the hottest and latest in science.

Where does Scizzle get the data?

For now we’re getting the data from PubMed. We are working on adding more sources. Email us if you have a special request for a specific journal or source.

How often are my feeds updated?

The feeds are updated on a daily basis, so as soon as there’s something new that matches your query it will show in your feed.

If I search on PubMed using the same keywords I used on Scizzle, I get more results on PubMed, what’s the deal?

PubMed search is very specific; here’s why you might see a difference:

  • You didn’t use the same keywords and filters when comparing (use the PubMed advanced search if you really want to test us)
  • The paper “create” date is different from the official publication date. We get the paper based on when their record was created in PubMed and not the official publication date.

Still think we missed something? Email us and let us know. We sure don’t want you to miss important papers.

I thought pot bubbles and grills sizzle? What’s this sizzling pot all about?

What can we say? We have a wicked sense of humor. The sizzling pot is an easy way to bookmark the papers you care about and have an easy way to find them later. Or really, we’re trying to prevent you from suffering from the browser of a scientist so you can organize the papers you want to read without having gazillion tabs open (till your browser crashes….).

How do you pronounce Scizzle?

Scizzle is for everything that is sizzling hot in science, and so the "c" is silent. Please don’t call it s-k-i-zzle - that sounds like a disease: "Ahm…I’ve got a case of the skizzle".

Have a question we didn’t answer? Or a great suggestion to make Scizzle better? Let us know!