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Collaboration enables research tracking

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Two Digital Science companies are working together to add real-time altmetric data to the research and laboratory-management tool Labguru. The collaboration between BioData, which develops Labguru, and Altmetric will enable Labguru users to track the popularity of research papers important to their work, in real time.

Labguru users will now see related news articles, blog posts and publicly-visible social shares on sites including Facebook, Google+ and Twitter for the papers they upload. Metrics are available for any research paper with a DOI (digital object identifier) published since the beginning of 2012.

'Labguru is constantly striving to add features and tools that enable researchers to concentrate on science and simplify their access to relevant and focused information,' said Adam Sartiel, BioData’s CEO. 'We believe that the integration of Altmetric’s attractive "donut" tool into Labguru helps scientists evaluate the impact of scientific papers much better than any traditional scoring method.'

The Scientist named Labguru one of the top 10 innovations of 2012. Labguru also recently added protocols for common methods from Sigma Life Science, Nature Protocols, and Luminex. It includes a product catalogue of 800,000 materials, making it easier for lab managers to control orders and lab inventory.