Reflect is a free service that tags gene, protein, and small molecule names in any web page within a few seconds. Clicking on a tagged term opens a small popup showing summary information, as shown below. Reflect can be installed as a plugin to Firefox or Internet Explorer, or can used by entering a URL in the field above.

In some cases, Reflect fails to recognize the name of a given gene, protein, or small molecule; in other cases, it tags names that should not be tagged. Any user can now easily fix such cases; similarly to Wikipedia, Reflect can be edited and improved by the community - for details see here.

More information about Reflect is available in a free, online webinar and in a Nature Biotechnology article. Reflect was first-prize winner out of over 70 submissions in the Elsevier Grand Challenge, an international competition for systems that improve the way scientific information is communicated and used.

Reflect can also be accessed programmatically via a REST or SOAP API, and a Reflect button can easily be added to any web page using Javascript or using a CGI proxy, as described in an article in J. Web Semantics.

Reflect team: Kaur Alasoo, Sune Frankild, Sven Haag, Heiko Horn, Lars J. Jensen, Michael Kuhn, Seán O’Donoghue, Evangelos Pafilis, and Reinhard Schneider. Reflect is maintained at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany, and at the NNF Center for Protein Research, Denmark.