Creating and designing the Research page on ThePhysicist was one of the most satisfying experiences of mine while building the site. I wish to make this site a success not just for my professional goals but also for the global Physics community of researchers and students.

This is a concise documentation about the Research page on ThePhysicist. The Research page consists of two amazing tools for researchers.

  1. arXiv Search Engine
  2. arXiv Physics feeds Index
Using the arXiv Search Engine:

The arXiv Search Engine is a Google custom search engine designed and optimized to search your input keywords exclusively in the entire arXiv database.

arXiv, being one of the easiest sites to find using any search engine, has its own search and advanced search engines. So, why did I create another search engine to augment what’s already easy to find?

Considered separately for the purpose of searching for preprints alone, it seems like a sham. However, integrating a customized search engine alongside where I have or plan to have many more resources for research and communication, it is a time saver really. Imagine you are just reading my blog or watching or reading science news or reeling through the journals sections to browse the recently published papers. Now if you wish to look for other papers of related titles, you won’t have to visit any other search engine or sift across the distractions on your way to the arXiv home page. You can immediately use the Research page to get things done. It saves a few precious seconds and helps you not lose the thought that prompted you towards doing a search. The bonus is, using the arXiv Search Engine on ThePhysicist combines the amazing search efficiency and lucidity of Google with humongous database on arXiv. Moreover, just below the search bar there is a button linked to the advanced search page on arXiv.

Using  the arXiv Physics feeds Index:

Another feature I am really proud of integrating to the Research page is the arXiv Physics feeds Index. If you have ever tried to look for a list of recently submitted preprints on arXiv for peer review, you will agree that there is no easy way to get that done unless you tediously keep choosing appropriate section and date of submission by using the cumbersome bar index on arXiv. For example, let’s try to do that for ‘Astrophysics’ which looks like this:

What if you could get a table of index of the branches of Physics hyperlinked to their respective arXiv pages along with their feeds page link? What if each respective feeds link could take you to a separate page automated and designed to show you the list of titles of a number recently submitted papers in that branch as well as the published on date? And what if that list can go back as much to as the older possible date on arXiv as you wish to? Welcome to the arXiv Physics feeds Index.

The table being manipulable to help your cause, select any class and click the feeds link for it. Voila! You get the page containing the most recent list of titles of the published papers arranged reverse chronologically. going as far back as possible. It might be worth a mention that every such list gets automatically updated every 15 minutes. Take an example of General Physics. This is how its feeds page looks like:

While concluding the post, I must mention that every criticism or suggestion in making this page more beneficial for the purpose of Physics research will be highly appreciated. I am committed to include more flexibility, features and information to ThePhysicist as a Science Research and Communication website. To mention what’s next on my mind, soon I will try to include few more research journals as well as do a ranking of these journals based on not just the impact factors but also their the Immediacy Indices, Cited Half-lives, Eigenfactor Scores and Article Influence Scores, etc.

Further Reading about suggested methods for ranking research journals.

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