How Scholarcy contributes to and makes use of open citations

When researchers cite previous work, they recognise the foundations of their own research and provide evidence that may support or refute their methods and results. This creates a narrative path that contextualises their contributions within the larger body of scientific knowledge. But keeping up with this growing volume of literature is increasingly reliant on the use of digital discovery services. As a result, open access to citation metadata in machine-readable format is critical to the dissemination of knowledge. Thanks to the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), the proportion of research papers with openly accessible and freely reusable citation data has grown from 1% to over 40% during the period September 2016 to April 2017.

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How reviewers can use AI right now to make peer review easier

The academic peer review process has come under a great deal of scrutiny recently, with the various merits and drawbacks of anonymous and double-blind vs. open and public reviewing being discussed and debated on academic forums, conferences and Twitter. Leaving aside claims that the ‘Blockchain’ provides a panacea for resolving issues such as trust, bias, and academic misconduct in the peer review process, how can technology assist with the mechanics of actually reviewing papers for publication?

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How Scholarcy summaries encourage students to read and avoid plagiarism

Our goal at Scholarcy is to help people understand complex information faster, and provide a route into dense literature that can be intimidating for a newcomer or non-expert. A recent study has shown that scientific papers are getting harder to read, as a result of an increase in technical jargon and assumed background knowledge. The barrier to entry to primary research literature is getting higher at a time when our need to verify sources and tackle misinformation is greatest. To help solve this …

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