Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Account creation, user profile and login
How do I create a new account on this site?

There are two ways to create a new account. At the top right corner of any page just below the navigation bar, there is a "Create New Account" link. Click on the link. This will take you through the account creation process. Alternately, when some of the pages on this site are accessed, they will display a login page, requesting you to login. The login page will also display a "Create New Account" link. Click on this link, and follow the account creation process. After you have entered all the required information and clicked the "Finish" button of the account creation process an email will be sent to the email address you have specified. Once you click on the link provided in the email your account will become active and you can start logging into the site.

What is a user profile?

Any information other than your user name and password is considered as the user profile. For example the first name, last name, age, highest degree and occupation are some of the user profiles. While many of them are not mandatory fields, we encourage you to provide accurate details as they will help us to create more appropriate content on this site. Moreover, the first name and the last name are used as the screen name on this site, whenever you write an article, comment on an article, post on the forums or answer a forum thread. However, any of the user profile detail can be corrected if needed, as explained in the answer below.

I have to update or correct my user profile. How could I do it?

First login to the site, using your login credentials. At the top right corner of any page, just below the navigation bar, there will be a "Update Profile" link displayed. Click on it, and update your profile.

What are the login credentials?

The username and password you have created when you have established a new account on this site are called login credentials. We use your email address as the username. This reduces the number of usernames you have to remember. The password has to be at least five characters in length.

How could I retrieve my forgotten password?

When you try to login, the login page will have a link for "Forgotten Password". Click on the link, and the password will be emailed to you. Once you logg in, click on the "Change Password" link at the top right corner of any page, and follow the instructions to change it. Changing the password will make sure that your login credentials are safe.


Writing and reading articles
I want to write an article and publish it on this site. How could I do it?

Thanks for your interest in publishing an article on this site. First visit the article categories page, by navigating through Articles -> Categories from the navigation bar, at the top of the site. This page will display several available article categories. Once you identify the category to which your article will belong to, click on the "Write New" link under the appropriate category. On the displayed page, you could either directly start typing your article or upload a pre-written one. For a detailed step by step tutorial please click here.

Directly writing an article: Use the top section of the page to write an article directly. After completing the title, authors and abstract details, you can start typing the body of the article. The user interface for entering the article body is very similar to any word processing software, with functionalities such as spell checker and image inclusion, to name a few. If you are able to finish writing the article in one-sitting, you can choose the "Publish right away" option at the bottom of the artice writing area. Otherwise, you can choose the "Save as draft, and publish later" option. If you choose the second option, the article will not be shown to the public. Instead, the partially completed article will show up under "My Articles" drop down menu. You could access the article any time using this menu, edit it and then publish it.

Uploading a pre-written article: If you have a pre-written article, you can upload it using the upload button at the bottom portion of the page. If you are using this route, the allowed file formats to upload are: text, MS Word or PDF or Zip. If you have several files, say a text file and two image files, then zip them and then upload the single Zip file. First click on the "Browse" button to locate the file to be uploaded from your hard drive. Then click on the "Upload" button to upload it to the site's server. In about four week's time or less we will publish the article for you, under the appropriate category. While uploading a prewritten article, please make sure you include the following details: Article title, author names, abstract and the content of the article including images if there are any.

I have written one or more articles on this site. How could I access them?

If you have saved the article after choosing the "Publish right away" option, then it will be listed under the appropriate category. For example, if you have published an article under the "Bioinformatics" category, then go to the articles listing page for that category by navigating Articles -> Categories -> Browse Articles (under the Bioinformatics category). All the articles under that will be displayed. Search for your article on that page. Another way to access your published page is by visiting the "My Article Details" page. You could visit this page by navigating Articles -> My Article Details. All your published articles will be listed under the "Articles Written By Me" section. If you are looking for your article which was saved as "Save as draft", then visit the "My Article Details" page as described above. Your drafts will be listed under "My Articles Saved As Draft" section. If you want to edit them, then click on the edit icon. For detailed tutorial about writing and publishing an article and accessing them later on this site, please click here.

I want to read articles written by others on this site. How could I do it?

Published articles will be listed under different categories. Visit the articles category page by navigating Articles -> Categories. Under an appropriate category, click on the "Browse Articles" link. This will take you to the "Browse Articles" page, where all the articles belonging to that category will be listed. Using several search functionalities provided on the page, you could identify your article of interest. When you click on the title of an article, which is a hyper-link, it will display the entire article for you to read.

Using the forums
I want to post a question in your forums section and get it answered. How could I do it?

First visit the forums categories page, by navigating through Forums -> Categories from the navigation bar, at the top of the site. This page will display several available forums categories. Once you identify the category to which your question will belong to, click on the category link. It will open a page with all of the previous entries in that forum. At the top right of the display list, there will be a "Create new thread" link. Click on it and enter the title and question and click the "Post" button. Please visit the site on a regular basis to see the answers given by other users.

I want to post answers in your forums section to help others. How could I do it?

Thanks for your interest in helping others. This site is essentially run by people interested in helping others to clarify research and science related questions. This will also help you win awards and prizes we distribute to prolific answerers on a regular basis. First visit the article categories page by navigating through Forums -> Categories from the navigation bar at the top of the site. This page will display several available forums categories. You can visit the different categories and browse the questions. If you feel that you can answer any of the questions, click on either the "Reply" or "Reply with quote" buttons and provide the answer.

My question got answered. How could I proceed further?

Glad to know that your question got answered! Go to the page where your question is listed and as explained earlier, click on the "Flag as answer". This will mark your selection as the correct answer with a distinct color, and will automatically close the answer trail, so that no further answers can be entered for that question.