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Frequently asked questions
Metajournal is first and foremost a tool for helping clinicians stay up to date with medical evidence – though not just any evidence, metajournal works to identify the most significant, quality and personally relevant evidence for you and your patients.
Metajournal's trial period is 28 days.
During this time you have complete access to all of metajournal's premium features, allowing you to get a taste of how metajournal keeps you up to date with high quality, relevant, significant evidence in your specialty:
- Personalized article suggestions.
- Receive a weekly email metajournal summarizing recommended articles.
- One-click full-text article access via your institutional subscriptions.
- Favoriting and saving articles for later.
- Create collections of articles.
- Create virtual journal clubs by inviting others to join your article collections.
- Access to CPD reports showing articles you have read – both automated and a la carte.
After your 28 day trial has finished, we hope you subscribe and continue to keep up to date with metajournal.
However, even if you don't subscribe you will still be able to browse abstracts on metajournal, continue to have access to articles you have already favorited and receive a non-personalized weekly emailed metajournal containing evidence from your specialty.
Metajournal does not itself provide full-text articles or store the full-text of articles in its system.
Instead metajournal can provide one-click access to the full text of articles via your institutional subscriptions.
Many colleges, universities, hospitals and professional organisations provide their members with electronic subscriptions to specialty journals. Metajournal is able to provide you with one click access to papers using these systems if you tell metajournal your institutional affiliation.
This can be easily done by clicking on
Add institutional full-text... under an abstract or by visiting your My settings page.
Metajournal can provide access to full-text via several hundred different institutions. More are being added all the time, so if yours is not listed contact us and ask!
The key to getting the most out of the metajournal recommendation engine is to follow a reasonable number of topics that you find interesting – following 20 to 30 topics is a great start!
It is ideal if these topics include both general areas of interest (e.g. human, resuscitation, anesthesiology etc.) and very specific things that interest you (e.g. hypotension, sugammadex, monitoring instrumentation, etc.). By combining both general and specific areas of interest metajournal will best understand how to find quality articles that are generally significant and/or specifically relevant to your professional interests.
This is the key power of metajournal's article recommendations: finding the intersection of quality, general significance and specific relevance.
An easy way to find interesting topics is looking at what others are following via the People page, though you will find Topics in many places, such as within the Stream, or even beneath every article abstract.
Additionally, metajournal is smart enough to learn the types and topics of articles that interest you, based upon your behaviour. As you read articles, favorite articles and mark articles as not interesting, metajournal uses machine learning techniques to look for complementary patterns in other articles – and then suggest to you the papers it thinks you will find most interesting and informative.
It is this dash of artificial intelligence that gives metajournal an almost-prescient power to recommend practice-changing articles to you that you would have not otherwise seen.
You may have noticed the
not interesting link that appears under each article summary, abstract and after each article in your emailed metajournal.
Clicking on this link tells metajournal that:
- The article is not interesting to you.
- You do not want to be shown this article again.
- You do not want metajournal to suggest similar articles.
Giving this feedback to metajournal, combined with the abstracts that you do read and favorite, improves the quality of your article recommendations.
This is easily done using the article's PubMed ID (PMID).
If you are already viewing the abstract in PubMed, simply copy the PMID from the abstract details or even from the URL of the PubMed webpage.
Then simply visit metajournal, replacing
<PMID> with the article's actual PubMed ID:
You can easily reset your metajournal password using the reset password page.
Simply enter the email address that you signed up with for metajournal and a few minutes later you will receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. If the email does not appear to have arrived, make sure you check your junk mail folder.
For your security, your account will be automatically locked if too many unsuccessful attempts are made to sign in.
When this happens an email is sent to you with unlock instructions. If you have not received this, make sure to check your junk mail folder or visit the unlock page.
When you first sign up for metajournal, a confirmation email is sent to your email address to confirm it is correct. If you do not click on the
confirm my email link then you will not be able to sign in to metajournal.
If you have not received this email, check your junk email folder or request a new confirmation email on the confirmation page.
Metajournal is setup to remember your login details, so you should never need to login again, except if you clear your browser cookies or access metajournal from a new device.
Similarly when you click a full text article link for your registered institution, you should not need to login again for at least several hours, and usually a day or more – depending on the security policies of your institution.
However, sometimes cookies are not being saved by your web browser. Cookies are special pieces of data that are stored by the browser on your computer, and among other things are used by websites to ensure that you only have to sign in again after a certain period of time has passed since your last login.
If your web browser is configured to not store cookies then metajournal will not be able to tell that you have already logged in. You can usually find this option under Security or Privacy in your web browser settings.
On the iPhone the relevant option can be found in:
Settings → Safari → Privacy & Security → Block Cookies.
Make sure this is set to Allow from Websites I Visit or Always Allow.
The other potential cause for problems is if when you click on an article link in your emailed metajournal that your email app may load the relevant metajournal web page inside the email app itself, instead of within your web browser – such as Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox.
In this case, each time your email app loads a web page it may be discarding cookies – so again metajournal does not know that you have already signed in.
To fix this, either manually open links each time, such as using ‘Open in Safari…’, or if your mail app has the option (most do) tell it to always open links in your default web browser.
If you wish to only read suggested abstracts online and not receive any email metajournals, simply visit your My settings page and scroll down the page to email subscription settings and turn Send email metajournals to off.
Alternatively, you might prefer to simply reduce the frequency of emailed metajournals to 4-weekly.
If you really do not want to keep your metajournal account at all :-( scroll down to the very bottom of the My settings page and click on Delete my account. We'll be sad to see you go!
Staying informed and up to date with the latest research does not happen in a vacuum. One of the goals of metajournal is to highlight to clinicians the articles that others in their specialty are currently reading and find interesting.
By visiting the People page of metajournal you can browse all the other metajournal users across all four specialties. Beneath each user profile is a link to that user’s list of Favorite Articles , Followed Topics and Followed Journals . Simply click the icon to bring up the list, from which you can also follow or favorite items yourself.
If you want to customize your own profile, simply jump to your Settings page. You can even add your own profile photo here by creating a 'Gravatar' linked to the email address you use for metajournal.
Customizing your profile information is a terrific way to be a greater part of the metajournal community. You can add your name, professional role or specialty, institution or organisation, and your location.
To customize your profile simply visit your Settings page.
You can even add your own profile photo to appear on metajournal by creating a 'Gravatar' linked to the email address you use to login to metajournal.
While metajournal does a lot of behind-the-scenes magic when recommending only fresh, relevant and quality articles to you, sometimes you will see an article that you neither want to read nor have recommended again.
Just like in your email application, when online at metajournal.com you can mark an article read by clicking the read circle next to the article title. The circle will change to hollow to show you that it is now considered 'read'. If you make a mistake and want the article marked 'unread', just click the circle again.
If you want to go further and show that you really do not want articles like this again, then click the
not interesting link under the article abstract and not only will you not be shown the article again, metajournal will also use this to learn more about the articles that you like and those that you do not.
The metajournal 'Stream' page aims to be a...
"stream of consciousness for medical evidence"
The Stream is a great way to see what the rest of the metajournal community is up to. Which articles have your friends found interesting? Which topics have your colleagues explored and followed? Who has just joined metajournal?
When you see an interesting article in the Stream, simply click the title to see the abstract and then jump to the article's full-text if available.
If you see an interesting Topic floating in the Stream, click the Topic to explore relevant articles or even follow the Topic yourself to have related articles suggested to you in the future.
We all learn to share as children. When we're learning to be a social, considerate little person this is a wonderful way to strengthen our social ties and to improve the well-being of others. I'd like to think that sharing an informational resource like metajournal can similarly help your colleagues and through them, their patients.
There are many fast and easy ways you can pay-it-forward and share the love of metajournal.
At the very top of every emailed metajournal issue you will see a little row of four icons allowing you to quickly share the entire issue using your favorite service: facebook, twitter, google+ or email.
You can also share articles, collections and even individual notes directly to Twitter by clicking the tweet icon.