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Nucleic Acids Res. 2007 Jul;35(Web Server issue):W12-5. Epub 2007 Apr 22.

eTBLAST: a web server to identify expert reviewers, appropriate journals and similar publications.

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  • 1McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development and the Department for Translational Research, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75390-9185, USA.


Authors, editors and reviewers alike use the biomedical literature to identify appropriate journals in which to publish, potential reviewers for papers or grants, and collaborators (or competitors) with similar interests. Traditionally, this process has either relied upon personal expertise and knowledge or upon a somewhat unsystematic and laborious process of manually searching through the literature for trends. To help with these tasks, we report three utilities that parse and summarize the results of an abstract similarity search to find appropriate journals for publication, authors with expertise in a given field, and documents similar to a submitted query. The utilities are based upon a program, eTBLAST, designed to identify similar documents within literature databases such as (but not limited to) MEDLINE. These services are freely accessible through the Internet at, where users can upload a file or paste text such as an abstract into the browser interface.

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