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PaperScope is a tool for graphically exploring the Astrophysics Data System (ADS) which is a database of published astrophysics papers (  PaperScope is extremely useful for identifying the citation/reference relationships between papers, and enables the user to visualize these relationships to make locating papers of interest easier.  Use it for constructing reference or citation chains, as well as identifying common references/citations between several key papers.  It is a tool designed to simplify the process of searching for relevant papers to an astrophysics researcher whether they be a professor, post doc, or  student.

PaperScope also aims to bridge the gap between the world of published papers and the Virtual Observatory.  Work is in progress on tools that will enable a user to go from looking at a paper on PaperScope to actually loading and finding any published data or tools associated with that paper on the VO.  The first tools that will make this possible are expected to be ready by October 2007, and will be added into PaperScope with any bug fixes or other improvements soon after.

About PaperScope

PaperScope provides tools that enable the user to search the ADS for a paper and then map that paper into a 2D graph of nodes and edges where each node represents a paper, and each edge represents a relationship between two papers.  The initial graph contains a node for the paper selected as well as nodes for all of the papers that it references and papers that cite it (referred to as "citations" or "citation papers" in this documentation).  From here the user is able to expand the graph by selecting a paper and expanding its citations/references, which are then compared to the papers already on the graph.  Any new papers are added as nodes, and any papers in common between the two selected papers are given a new edge to show the relationship.  By expanding the graph the user can quickly identify papers that share common references or citations, and thereby identify key papers in a particular field.  Tools are provided for searching the graph and highlighting/hiding nodes based on keywords, title, authors, publication date, journal, and citation count.  The nodes of the graph can be moved around to improve the look and feel of the graph, and this layout can then be saved.

There is also a tool for adding comments about a paper to the nodes on the graph.  This way the user can make notes about a paper for their own use, or for use by others.  Once the user had built a graph they can save it to a file which can be shared with others and used in the future.  A tool is also provided for updating the graph by querying the ADS to see if any new citations have been added to the "focus" papers on the graph.       

PaperScope makes the task of creating reference or citation chains extremely easy.  It also provides an intuitive and simple visual approach to searching for papers on the ADS.

User Manual

This manual provides details on how to use PaperScope and the tools it provides for graphing and navigating through papers listed in the ADS.  Use the links below or the buttons on the left to choose a topic you wish to explore.

  • Installation - Instructions on how to install and run PaperScope

  • Getting Started - An introduction in how to use PaperScope

  • Using the Graph - A description of how the graph displays papers, and how to use the different tools for navigating and exploring the graph of papers

  • Saving/Opening Graphs - A description of how to save and open graphs, as well as how the graph will display after being saved

  • Troubleshooting - General tips on how to solve problems you may encounter when using PaperScope

  • Software Design - A description of the software, and the libraries and tools it uses