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Adding biolink is easy

Copy Citation from Results of PubMed research that proofs causal connection between two objects. Create Biolink to connect objects with a predicate («A increases B»). Provide an Evidence URL. Select a Research Class. Done.

BioMindmap value

Every Biolink is a separately proven edge of the graph database. They form logical Pathways. So no more plain-text notes. Crowd-Validation — users may add more evidence with citation; may validate a biolink with a Vote (Valid/Invalid); may Flag to attract a revision. Meta-data (especially a Research Class) of each Evidence add up to a ValidityScore for a quick validity hinting. Negative Votes and Flags reduce ValidityScore until the revision of citation.

Getting insights

When you do a research on topic, first you add as many biolinks as you want. BioMindmap then summarises, organises, generates ValidityScore, integrates with other biolinks data, gives you bird-eye view for your research combined with other topics and lets others to review and improve biolinks.

Rules of Thumb

Hints for extracting quality Biolink from the Research Results:
  • Read text logically, assume author was not mistaken
    Don't judge results and findings as a specialist.
    When in doubt, attract extra revision with a flag.
    Adding a biolink that contradicts with another improves data quality.
  • Copy a citation that conclude «A affects B»
    Prefer citing Results instead of Abstract.
    «Use quotes for citations!» to separate interpretations from actual findings.
    «Quotes» simplify the double-checking of citations!
    If citation does not prove the biolink, leave citation unfilled.
  • Provide an evidence class. Is it a Meta-analysis or a Review?
    All evidence's parameters help to form the realistic ValidityScore.
    Use «IF condition» field to clarify when biolink is true.
  • Clarify when in doubt so others can continue comprehension
    Notes, dose, protocol, health status of subjects — all add up for quality.
    If predicate verb is not enough to explain connection, write full sentence in its Note.
    A Source could even be a page number of the book.
This guideline is helping all of us to collaborate as a swarm intelligence and build the most quality database all together.

How to read a biolink?

Always assume that increase of «Object A» causes change of «Object B».


BioMindmap understands meaning of the predicate and autodetects it's type.
Use «deficiency»/«excess» predicate keywords to specify abnormal levels of object A.
Example: «LDL» «deficiency may cause» «Stroke» — means that increase of LDL may act as potential inhibitor of stroke.
Keyword «may» means the biolink did not work for everyone in the research or the effect was minor.
If research says «deficiency of X increases Z», you may invert it and add «X may decrease Z» biolink.

Existing Biolinks

Submitting biolink will automatically merge the new meta-data with existing.

Conflicting Biolinks

Adding proven contradicting biolinks is good and allows us to warn about inconsistency in evidence.

Proofless Biolinks

Please attempt to google proofs. Sometimes, a specialist may want to submit an important connection, which has known proofs. Still, this biolink will have a low ValidityScore and will not appear in pathways.

Obvious Biolinks

Connections that need no trials for validation, such as «coffee contains caffeine» can be marked Obvious to get max ValidityScore.

Proposed Biolinks

Initially new users submit to Pre-Moderation Queue. After 10 approved biolinks they can submit to public database. All users may mark a biolink as Proposal to be validated by experienced BioMindmap users in case of doubts.


Search by article URL first. BioMindmap will list its existing biolinks; download the abstract and highlight the keywords.
Add a Quick-search in address bar of Google Chrome — speeds up the work. See FAQ below.


Skills Validation and Facebook login give Initial Reputation. Level up to get experience based Reputation. It's your expertise.
Proof-links from the Good Sources list yield more Experience to Level up quicker.
3.5 ValidityScore of Biolinks is affected by class of evidences and also by its adder's Reputation.
9.9 is the max score. It hints that Biolink's statement is highly proven by researches.

Apart from FREE account, what is PRO account?

Access to public biolinks is free. But for extended functionality donate to get PRO account. (See functionality comparison.)

How Access Rights are given?

Login with Facebook to get initial validation of Profile and a Reputation point. Specialists should validate skills. New users should get 10 biolinks approved by experienced users to skip the Pre-Moderation Queue and get access rights to add biolinks into the public feed.

How to earn credits?

5 Credits after an invited friend validates himself with facebook login. Invite now
50 Credits if invited user becomes an active user. 100 Credits if he gets Ranked .
Visit once a day to get 5 Credits and get 10 Credits for adding Good Biolinks with NCBI sources. (Bonuses for activities are delayed for anti-spam check.)
You can get PRO account to get weekly credits and have some CPU-intensive functionality for free.


Frequently Asked Questions

Only English?

Yes, knowledge exchange should be in an internation scientific language to allow collaboration.

How valid is the database for medical assessment?

Always consult with a doctor. Our community attempts to add quality data and review others. Use High ValidityScore as a guide. We assume that researches are true and valid. Although, always consider there might mistakes, insufficient research or coverage. Your responsibility is to double-check Evidences with a specialist. Database is only for information purposes!

Be aware that it is nearly impossibly to translate all researches into one graph, but it is our attempt to do so. Evidence from reliable resources build a good ValidityScore. Provide proof-links from these websites:
The best resource for proper functioning of BioMindmap is PubMed (
Right click the Address Bar on top of the Chrome browser. Click 'Edit Search Engines...'. Click 'Add' button and add the following url: Now you can quick search, by typing b Fisetin to search for Fisetin. Or even type a URL for a research, to be searched within Biolinks:

I do not know how to submit a complex biolink

Contact us in telegram chat so we can suggest a biolink or implement a new feature to resolve the issue.

Who are the Scientific Advisors?

Check the Advisors page.

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