Literature Review Tools

Research faster, broader, better. AI charged.

The Iris.ai tool suite is aimed specifically at researchers in the early phase of a new project. They are especially suitable for interdisciplinary projects where the combination of knowledge from across a range of research fields will be vital to the project’s success.

THE EXPLORE TOOL

Exploration of interdisciplinary research

Consistently outperforming old school search tools, Iris.ai starts from a paper of your choice or a self-written problem statement. It “fingerprints” it based on machine extracted keywords, contextual synonyms and hypernyms, and matches the fingerprint against >200M Open Access papers, Patents and even EU Funded research projects, or your institution’s paywalled content. 

Features

Bypass Keywords

Traditional keyword searches limit you to what you already know. Great when you know what you’re looking for, but a big problem when you don’t.

Bypass Citations

The citation system is great for learning about researcher networks. For finding new solutions they can be unhelpful at best, or introduce popularity bias at worst.

Navigate papers visually

Endless result lists are terrible for quickly getting an overview. The Iris.ai maps give you a visual overview of the topics for a much faster distilling of the content.

Advanced editing and filtering

You can edit the core fingerprint of the article or your input problem statement  to sharpen your results – or filter by repositories to include or exclude (Arxiv? PubMed?) or even by relevance score. 

Bookmark, save and export

Find something interesting? Bookmark it into your reading list to dig into it later, or export the entire result list as CSV, or as BibTex to import to your favorite reference manager. 

Reproducibility

The searches are not shaped by your search history to be reproducible – and everything is saved in your account, if you need to revisit later. 

THE FOCUS TOOL

Narrow down to a precise list

Import a large set of papers either from your Explore maps or a Dropbox/Drive folder and use the iterative Focus tool to narrow down to a precise reading list – first using Concepts found in the papers, then Topics modeled from the papers for increased granularity.

Features

Iteratively narrow down results list

The Focus feature allows the user to iteratively narrow down a corpus of up to 20,000 documents, to a short comprehensive reading list.

Corpus based criteria suggestions

In the Focus process, the tool suggests topics for inclusion and exclusion based on the initial corpus, facilitating a rapid and precise iterative filtering.

Manual precision/recall validation

With optional manual verification, the user can measure the precision and recall of the filtered corpus – building confidence with the results.

FEATURES ROADMAP

The road towards an accessible science world

Features

The Iris.ai products semi-automate the existing research process – currently for the first two steps of the process: Broadly exploring the topic for an overview, and then narrowing down to a precise reading list.

Literature reviews are tedious, time-consuming, and especially so when the researcher is not already a domain expert. It can take months to complete, and is a true Sisyphus task that never quite ends.
Literature reviews are tedious, time-consuming, and especially so when the researcher is not already a domain expert. It can take months to complete, and is a true Sisyphus task that never quite ends.
Using the Iris.ai tools you can now do this in a systematic manner, with machine help. We modeled the tools after the systematic mapping study, and you can reduce your time by up to 80%, with superior results.
Using the Iris.ai tools you can now do this in a systematic manner, with machine help. We modeled the tools after the systematic mapping study, and you can reduce your time by up to 80%, with superior results.
Features

Write out the problem you are trying to solve in your own words. 

Use 300-500 words, and make sure to cover the problem from multiple angles.

Iris.ai uses this text to build a fingerprint of the problem, matches it against >200M research papers, patents or funded EU projects, and distributes them into topics.

Use the visual maps to gain an overview of your problem.

Build new maps from other articles or new text where more content or deeper exploration is needed.

“Jump into the rabbit hole of science” as a user once called it.

Use the hierarchy editor to fine-tune your map results.

Allowing you a bit more control over the exploration, the hierarchy editor lets you explore the fingerprint; merging words, selecting synonyms and deleting concepts that are currently irrelevant to you.

Bookmark papers and maps for later visits.

Build a reading list of specific papers you wish to read later. 

Bookmark full maps for use in the next phase with the Focus tool. 

Pull together your corpus

Import the corpus you built in the exploration phase, or use an existing set of documents from elsewhere.

As you select to import it, the machine reads every paper and builds a fingerprint of each one and models the topics of the combined corpus.

Select include/exclude concepts

Presented with a list of machine identified concepts, select what to include and exclude to narrow down your initial corpus. You can choose from a general list of concepts, highly relevant words as well as rare concepts.

The tool errs on the side of caution, with ‘include’ criteria overriding ‘exclude’ criteria in the case of overlap.

Select include/exclude topics

Iris.ai has identified topics, described using a string of 10 words, that the papers can be grouped into. Each paper can fall into multiple topics – now you use the topics to make include/exclude criteria of what is and isn’t relevant to you.

The topics are modeled both from a general list of 5M papers, from your specific corpus and from the now filtered-down corpus, for increasing specificity.

Manually verify the results

Through the process, you can choose to manually verify both the included and excluded list of papers, and this input is used to measure the precision/recall metric of your results.

Once you are happy with the results, you can export them as a .csv file or as a visual Iris.ai map.

For Universities

We offer University-wide Academic licenses for researchers, students and staff. 

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For Research Institutes

Flexible licenses with floating seats are perfect for research groups and research institutes. 

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For individuals

Does your institution not have a license, but you would like the tools? We offer licenses on monthly, quarterly or yearly basis.

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