Ever wondered who has published the most research on a certain subject? Ever wished you could map not only who published those studies, but at what institution they were based, in what years the studies were published, and in what journals... even what keywords are most associated with those studies?

AuthorMapper.com is a free tool that was developed by some of my colleagues to provide a dynamic way to visualize and search published research. By typing in a keyword or search phrase, I can turn up articles and their authors, institutions, etc. all ranked by the number of studies published, and AuthorMapper will also generate a keyword "cloud" to show what keywords are most commonly associated with the papers in my search results.

There's also a handy, zoomable, Google Maps-like map of institutions where those studies were done, which can be embedded into your own website or blog.

You can visit AuthorMapper to see the full results for my search on Purkinje cell, and run your own. The "year published" graph can also be used to show how a term has increased or decreased in popularity over the years.

Right now AuthorMapper searches articles published in Springer and BioMed Central journals, but we hope to expand this in the future.

Enjoy!

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Comment by David Colquhoun on August 14, 2009 at 2:16pm
Very i ingenous but what on earth does it tell you that's useful. Soon there will be more bibliometrists than .scientists

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