How to track new NIRS publications and grants?

1 min read

Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is an increasingly popular technology in brain imaging research. Compared to fMRI, NIRS can be used for more naturalistic experiments, including face to face communication, natural body movements, sports, infants, and is well suited for real-time applications.

If we count the number of NIRS publications using keyword (NIRS OR fNIRS) AND brain, we find the number increases steadily over the past 10 years:

With this trend, it’s expected that we will reach a speed of 1 new paper every day in the year of 2018 or 2019. This is a fast field, and it’s nearly impossible for us to search (NIRS OR fNIRS) AND brain every day or even every week. For a student who does not follow literature proactively, he might know of a paper a year after its publication.

The easiest way to solve this problem is to use an app to notify us of the new publications. The one I use is called Stork . All I need to do is to enter a few keywords I am interested in, e.g.:


But what if I want to follow more specific fields, such as hyperscanning, or comparison with fMRI etc? We can enter the following keywords:
(NIRS OR fNIRS) AND brain AND hyperscanning
(NIRS OR fNIRS) AND brain AND "deep learning"
(NIRS OR fNIRS) AND brain AND social

What if I want to follow some scientists in the field? We may enter their names, such as:
David Boas
Allan Reiss (NIRS or fNIRS)

After we setup the keywords, Stork, like a diligent assistant, will search for us every day. If she finds something, she will send an email to us, listing the new publications. A recent example is shown below:

fmri nirs

The Temporal Muscle of the Head Can Cause Artifacts in Optical Imaging Studies with Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. by Martin Schecklmann, Alexander Mann, …, Florian B Haeussinger (2017) Front Hum Neurosci (impact factor: 3.6) Free full text

nirs brain

Enhancing Performance of a Hybrid EEG-fNIRS System Using Channel Selection and Early Temporal Features. by Rihui Li, Thomas Potter, Weitian Huang, Yingchun Zhang (2017) Front Hum Neurosci (impact factor: 3.6)Free full text

Not only does Stork search scientific publications for you, she also searches NIH grant database (this is an advanced feature). That means whenever some researchers receive a grant on NIRS, you will know it. You will know what is his research direction in the next few years, how much money he received etc. This feature is mostly useful for professors and senior graduate students and postdocs.

The link of Stork is: and it’s very easy to use.



Want to receive new post notification? 有新文章通知我

第五十三期fNIRS Journal Club通知2024/06/22, 10am 李洪

Wanling Zhu
8 sec read

第五十二期fNIRS Journal Club视频 周欣博士

Youtube:优酷: 自闭症特质(A
Wanling Zhu
12 sec read

第五十二期fNIRS Journal Club通知2024/06/01, 10am 周欣博士

自闭症特质(Autistic traits)影响人与人之间的社交互动,但该影响背后的神经机制仍然有待研究。来自香港中文大学的周欣博士将分享团队利用近红外超扫描技术研究不同互动场景下脑同步与自闭特质之间
Wanling Zhu
8 sec read

One Reply to “How to track new NIRS publications and grants?”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *