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How to make citations work harder for you

A fundamental component of scholarly research is reading, and citing, other people’s work. One effective way to get more context and a deeper understanding of a subject is to look at the citations to, and from, an article. Science is one long trail of citations. Apart from the very first academic article, published in January 1665, every article has had earlier papers to draw on, to agree with, or to refute. And even the first article must have been based [...]

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7 studying tips for non-native English speakers

For international students, the opportunity to study abroad in an English-speaking country is laden with advantages. Not only does it give students a chance to immerse themselves in another culture, but it gives them the opportunity to improve their confidence with the English language. It’s an option that appeals to many: in 2019-20 there were over 500,000 international students studying at UK universities alone – that’s over 20% of the total student population in the UK. (1) While the opportunity can [...]

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Making content accessible

Making published research more accessible

Accessibility has been a consideration of web design for almost as long as the web has existed. Accessibility guidelines are arguably well understood, and relatively straightforward to implement when it comes to websites and apps. Academic books and articles, however, predate the internet by many years, and it may seem that academic articles are the most unlikely starting points for accessible text. At first sight, articles can look very daunting – full of technical abbreviations, and demanding considerable prior [...]

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managing citation

How to effectively manage citations

One of the cornerstones of the academic article is citations. Scholarly knowledge proceeds by recognising the work of others, which means by citing published articles and books, and then using that knowledge to create some new theory or idea that is different in kind to what came before. After the new paper has been published, others will critique it, might agree, or disagree with it, and so scientific knowledge continues to evolve. As Newton wrote, in a 1675 letter [...]

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How eLearning has transformed the academic world

eLearning, short for electronic learning, is ‘the delivery of learning and training through digital resources’. (1) As a form of asynchronous learning, it can refer to anything from pre-recorded video lessons to activity-based animations. The biggest advantage of eLearning is that it’s self-paced. If you have a computer and internet access, you can do it anywhere and at a time that suits you. eLearning has been invaluable since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with millions of locked-down students and employees [...]

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How smartphones are changing the way we study

Mobile phones have come an incredibly long way in the last 30 years. In the 1990s, mobiles were used for making phone calls, sending texts, and playing the odd game of Snake. Today, smartphone technology allows us to browse the internet, stream films and run programmes, all from a small device in the palm of our hands. Smartphones are now ubiquitous. 99% of young people in the UK between the ages of 16 and 24 own a smartphone(1), which has [...]

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Scholarcy’s collaboration review

Innovation, integration, collaboration: Scholarcy’s review of 2021

Today, Scholarcy is powering a range of products and services across the scholarly communication ecosystem, from metadata extraction to automated visual abstract creation. Discovery services are harnessing our knowledge extraction technology to enhance user experience, helping their readers screen the literature more efficiently and uncover important findings from research that they otherwise might have missed. Scholarcy’s headline summaries, highlights, extracted facts, and findings are now displayed on tens of millions of article pages across a range of research platforms with one [...]

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teaching methods

What we can learn from teaching methods around the world

While the positive impact of education on individual fulfilment and collective endeavour is universally acknowledged, opinion on the most effective style of education varies widely from country to country. There are lots of factors at play in education outcomes, many of which are influenced by the culture of a particular country. From embracing technology in the classroom to introducing later start times, we look at some of the different teaching methods practised across the globe – and ask what [...]

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Four ways AI is making researchers of us all

For some time now, publishers and other distributors of academic research have been harnessing natural language processing (NLP) technology to get more of their content into the hands of the global academic community. Most research content and discovery services are building their own AI-driven solutions or licensing this technology to connect and expose more of their content for their readers in the following ways: Recommending related content Clustering large collections of literature under subject categories Indexing and linking collections Extracting citation context and [...]

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How coding helps children become creative problem solvers

As the 21st century progresses, computer programming or ‘coding’ is becoming an invaluable skill. A recent study1 found that as many as 50% of all jobs in Australia will require a working knowledge of programming and other IT skills within the next 15 years. It is likely that coding ability will be one of the key differentiating skills of the future. But what exactly is it that makes coding so essential in everyday life? What are the benefits of learning [...]

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