I am considering writing an article to a journal. This journal (Bioinformatics) accepts different manuscripts:

  • Original Papers
  • Discovery Notes
  • Application Notes
  • Reviews
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Conference Papers

In a different topics:

  • Genome analysis
  • Sequence analysis
  • Phylogenetics
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Gene Expression
  • Genetics and Population Analysis
  • Systems Biology
  • Data and Text Mining
  • Databases and Ontologies
  • Bioimage Informatics

In order to improve my article I would like to read similar papers of the same topic and type of manuscript. How can I search for Application Notes of System Biology?

If filtering by topic is not possible, at least filtering by type of manuscript would be desirable.

I can't ask my advisor for guidance, because he doesn't know the field. I tried using Google Scholar, but it doesn't retrieve the type of manuscript or the scope of each manuscript when I use the quotes. The advanced search of that journal doesn't include the options to filter by manuscript and scope. Pubmed doesn't list the types of manuscripts of this journal.

  • It's surprising that Google Scholar didn't meet your needs - perhaps the weak point is in topic searching, e.g. if the topics aren't listed in the article text. If you just want a few examples then a manual search may be the best option.
    – Harry
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 16:40
  • Usually in the pdf version of the paper the typpe of manuscript is printed unless it is an original paper. Yes I am considering removing the topic criterion or do manual research in some issues of the journal. But maybe there is a quicker method I could use... I will propose to Google Scholar to add this option but I am not confident of any response
    – llrs
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 16:46
  • What exactly is the journal name and website? If you want a specific answer, please give specific details.
    – Tripartio
    Commented Apr 18, 2017 at 22:25
  • @Tripartio See the edit. But I rather prefer to have a generic answer, than a specific answer for this journal, I (or others) might want to do the same for other journals
    – llrs
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 6:56

1 Answer 1


First, try the Advanced Search interface of the specific journal or publisher. In this case:

  • Open https://academic.oup.com/bioinformatics/advanced-search.
  • Under "Find a specific article", select Bioinformatics and press the Search button (the one in the first row).
  • One the left, under "Article type", select the desired type, e.g., "Brief report".
  • Again on the left, under "Section", select the desired section, e.g. "Systems biology".

Now only articles of type Brief report, in the section Systems biology are displayed.

If such a search interface is not available or gives irrelevant results, there are more general approaches:

  • In Scopus Advanced Search, use queries in the form:

    EXACTSRCTITLE(Journal Name) AND DOCTYPE(document_type)

    You can find the list of possible document types in the help (field code DOCTYPE).

  • In Google Scholar, try queries in the form (include the quotes):

    source:"Journal name" "Article type"

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