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about 12 years ago

And the Winners Are...

By Elsevier

The votes are in and the judges have spoken! Meet the winners of the Apps for Science challenge:

  • Grand Prize ($15,000): Altmetric, developed by Euan Adie, measures the attention that scientific articles receive via social media and online news sites, then adds the data to ScienceDirect & SciVerse Hub article and search result pages.
  • Second Prize ($10,000): Refinder, developed by Leo Sauermann and Bernhard Schandl of (a spin-off of, adds personal information management and social functions to SciVerse, including the ability to add comments to articles, place multiple papers in a collection and share comments with co-workers.
  • Third Prize ($5,000)/Popular Choice Prize ($5,000): iHelp, developed by a team from Integra India led by Mourougane Arumugam and Ashok Kumar, enables researchers to search in their native language and retrieve articles using multi-lingual search.
  • Two apps received honorable mentions: Keyword Optimizer, developed by Scott Fortmann-Roe, helps to find the best set of keywords possible, and ChemDetect, developed by Kevin Lynagh of Keming Labs, an app for mortal chemists to quickly scan an article for chemical names and draw full structures. 

In total, 27 diverse applications that enhance the SciVerse search experience were submitted – they include productivity and time-saving tools, visualizations of search results or author data, and social add-ons enabling collaboration. The winning apps are now featured on SciVerse Applications and are being showcased to over 15 million SciVerse users.

To all the creative developers who answered our call for innovative applications: we look forward to collaborating with you to continue improving research workflows!

And to everyone who supported this challenge: Your involvement has helped spur the creation of solutions for researchers, medical professionals, librarians, and students globally. Thank you for making Apps for Science a success!