Ten features of the CiteAb search engine


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In this blog:

  • We outline some key features of the search engine
  • Explore how to best use the search engine to find products for your work
  • Get in touch to be featured in our blog!

How do you use the CiteAb search engine?

Our reagent search engine ranks products only by citations. This means you can see how reagents have been used by your peers, as well as viewing additional experimental information to make the most informed choice when evaluating life science products to purchase.

Selecting the right research reagent is a continuous challenge in the life sciences. There are over six million research antibodies alone to evaluate, as well as millions of proteins, biochemicals, experimental models and kits&assays. Choosing the wrong reagent can result in significant time and money loss, slowing down research progress.

That’s why in our blog today we break down ten ways you can use our reagent search tool to support you in the complex process of selecting reagents that work for your experiments.

Reagent suppliers: get in touch about maximising the benefits of your listings on our search engine!

1. Search for multiple reagent types

Our life science search tool can be broken down into multiple search engines that you can use:

This makes it easy to use CiteAb as one centralised search tool to find the products you need for many of your experiments. We now have data on over 13 million research reagents, and over 6 million citations, so there’s a lot of information available to evaluate!

2. Filter by application, conjugation, reactivity and more

When searching for the right research reagent, you can utilise multiple filters to ensure results you get are relevant for your experiments. Filters for reactivity, host, supplier, clonality and more are amongst some examples of what is available. 

Let’s say you’re looking for a recombinant anti-p53 antibody for western blotting, that’s been KO validated – you can get this information in one search query.

Recombinant and KO validation filters applied to p53 antibody search query.
Recombinant and KO validation filters applied to p53 antibody search query.

3.  Evaluate supplier antibody validation information and published validations

We began collecting information on antibody validation so that you can use this valuable piece of information in your evaluation. With historical issues around antibody quality linking to experimental reproducibility, this is an important factor to consider. 

On our antibody search engine, you are able to see if an antibody has been knockout validated, knockdown validated, validated by orthogonal strategies, cell treatment, biological strategies and more, if this data is available and we have collected it.

4. View published images

When logged in to the search engine as a registered user (which you can do for free), you are able to view published images of antibodies and ELISA kits. You can easily see how a product works in practice from these images to help plan your experiments. 

All of our images are annotated with the reactant and application and cropped to the panel of interest.

Example published image

5. Browse publications to help plan your experiments

On the product pages of reagents you have searched for, you can see a list of references where the product has been used in a publication. Ordered by publication date, you can click through on these scientific publications to the full text to read more about how the reagent was used, to help when planning your experiments.

Results when searching for a CD44 antibody
Results when searching for a CD44 antibody

6. Visit the supplier page easily from CiteAb

Supplier details are clearly provided on our product pages, so you can easily visit their relevant page to get more information. This also means you can directly request a quote from the relevant reagent supplier, saving you time. (CiteAb does not hold or sell any reagents).

7. Browse citations from open, pre-print and subscription-only journals.

Due to our new partnerships with Springer Nature, Wiley and Karger, our search engine is now powered by both subscription and open-access journals, as well as pre-prints. This means there is even more quality information to evaluate, and make more informed choices based on. The inclusion of pre-prints also means you are able to access the very latest data.

8. Save your favourite reagents in your account portal and view your search history

When logged in to your CiteAb account, you are easily able to save your favourite antibodies, biochemicals, proteins, experimental models and kits & assays to compare or revisit at a later date. As a registered user, you can also go back and save time by seeing what you searched for with our ‘view your search history’ feature. 

9. Find custom suppliers

If you can’t find the right reagent on our search engine, it’s easy to view suppliers who provide custom services on our dedicated pages. We signpost these pages if there are no relevant reagents for your search query. We currently list custom antibody suppliers, custom histology suppliers, custom sequencing suppliers, custom peptide suppliers and custom cell line suppliers.

10. Make use of the JAGGAER-CiteAb integration

Do you use the JAGGAER Research Material Management platform in your work? We recently partnered with the JAGGAER to provide an end-to-end solution for researchers and procurement staff. You can now integrate the CiteAb search engine into JAGGAER’s RMM systems to streamline the selection and procurement of biological reagents.

Read more here: https://blog.citeab.com/production-version-citeab-jaggaer-integration-live/

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We want to hear from you

Do get in touch if you’d like to talk about your work and experience of the CiteAb reagent search engine! Throughout the year, we are going to be speaking to some of our search engine users to see how they use the search engine in their research, and what their research entails. If you’d like to be featured, drop us an email. 

Finally, we always welcome feedback to improve our search engine; if there’s any features you’d like to see in the future, let us know. Plus, if you’re a supplier looking to maximise the benefits of your product listings on the search engine, do get in touch.

  • Skye and the CiteAb team
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