More digital tools for researchers

It seems that there are always new tools for researchers to explore. Here are a few that I’ve looked at lately. What have you observed? What are new digital tools that you have come across that are helpful in your research? Please share these in the comment box below! 

Tool Service
Deep Dyve


This is a rental service for access to scholarly journals (perhaps most useful to independent scholars)

$49/month; $360/year; Free service: access abstracts



This tool helps researchers to share their work with other researchers and track citations and altmetrics. 


This service delivers tools that you may already be using, although you may not be aware of it. For example at my university,  Elements is a tool that is used to track faculty activity and submit annual reports. Symplectic provides a range of services to universities related to research information management.


This is a bibliographic tool for MacOSX 10.10 or later.

Single license: $59.99



This is a reference management system for researchers, libraries & publishers.

Researcher tools: Students: $3/month’ Academic: $5/month


This is a personal research assistant tool that uses artificial intelligence to locate information. It is designed for researchers, institutions, publishers, industry, funders & government. You may ask questions about subject areas, publications, funding and so forth, and create visualizations and reports.


This is a data management system for researchers and institutions; in which researchers store, share and explore others’ academic research data
ORCID Identifiers


ORCID, the “Open Researcher and Contributor Identification”, is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of unique digital identifiers to connect researchers with their research. Using an ORCID identifier may be helpful if you share a surname with another researcher. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) have begun to require researchers to use an ORCID iD, as have some journals.

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