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How does Scholarcy work its magic?

We are often asked: ‘How does Scholarcy summarise and identify the key points in research papers and other articles, and in what ways is it unique?’. Without giving too much away about our secret sauce, here’s an overview of what is happening under the hood. No matter what the input format – PDF, Word, HTML, XML, e-pub, Powerpoint, text – we convert the document into a unified, internal format, so that, for the purposes of our algorithms, all documents have [...]

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Unlocking 100 years of scientific papers: How Scholarcy partnered with BMJ to further I4OC

Reference mining is fundamental to the creation of citation networks and rich, discoverable digital libraries. In recent years, a number of tools have been developed to address this need, but they are often limited by input format, infrastructure requirements and runtime performance. The most recent developments in this space have focused on reference mining PDFs from arts and humanities literature, but there’s a growing need for a fast, accurate way of extracting and parsing references from a wide range [...]

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How to solve the problem of too much information and not enough time.

Ever find yourself thinking how much better your work could be if you just had time to read more of the information that’s out there? Even then, not everything we might save with the best intention of reading later is relevant or useful. And if that rare oasis of time does open up, skim-reading is probably the most common and practical way of processing several articles to find what’s useful. In fact, as a way of digesting large volumes of information, skim reading is actively [...]

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How Scholarcy contributes to and makes use of open citations

Open citations benefit researchers, journals and publishers 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 [...]

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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. The various merits and drawbacks of anonymous and double-blind review vs. open and public review have been discussed and debated on academic forums, in conferences and on 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? Academics [...]

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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[1], 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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