Best tools for screening and reading research papers

There’s a huge amount of relevant and high-quality research on any given subject, but researchers simply don’t have the time to absorb it all. It’s not just a question of discovering the best information, it’s understanding and applying it that matters. The risk is that important findings that could support new studies are being missed. To put this into context: there were more than 3 million articles published in 2018. And the problem isn’t limited to published research.  The number of [...]


Six elements a research summary should include

Summarizing a research paper (or papers) sounds like it should be a pretty quick, easy task. After all, how hard can writing 200 words be?! But whether you’re writing a summary to include in your essay or dissertation, or you need to draft a compelling abstract for your own paper, distilling complex research into an informative, easy-to-read snapshot can be one of the most daunting parts of the research process. For that reason, it’s often the activity that gets [...]

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How to do an Effective Literature review

How to do an effective literature review with Scholarcy In our recent article: Five pitfalls to look out for when doing your literature review, we talked about some of the challenges researchers and students face when it comes to evaluating the articles that will be most for their own work. This can be a daunting task even for experienced researchers because of the sheer volume of literature out there. There’s no shortage of discovery services available that can return pages of [...]

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Five pitfalls to look out for when doing your literature review

Literature Review Pitfalls One of the activities common to all researchers – from undergraduates to post-docs – is conducting literature reviews. The volume of research literature has been growing at an unprecedented rate in recent years. The number of new scientific papers published each year now exceeds 2.5 million1 , and the problem isn’t limited to published research.  Preprint servers – which are increasingly becoming an important resource for researchers – have grown by over 300% since 20152. The amount of [...]


Machine-generated visual summaries in a crowded research space

One of the most immediate and effective ways to showcase new research is to display it as a poster at conferences. Presenting your research in a striking, visual format can be a powerful way to get audience attention. The challenge is, even with a captive audience, the time an author has to pique the interest of peers and publishers is limited. And now that authors are having to compete for attention at virtual conferences, the problem is exacerbated. The [...]


How Scholarcy is helping undergraduates with research

At Scholarcy, we’ve been talking to students at all stages of learning to find out what kind of challenges they face when it comes to reading and understanding academic literature as well as writing their own essays or theses. This week, we spoke to Xiran Li, an engineering student in China, to find out how he’s been using Scholarcy as part of a final year project that involved reading and applying a large volume of research literature. Xiran Li, Engineering [...]


Can automated knowledge summaries aid scholarly communication?

Cactus Communications assessed Scholarcy’s knowledge extraction and summarisation capabilities in a recent pilot. Background The product and strategy team at Cactus Communications wanted to analyze the accuracy and comprehensiveness of Scholarcy’s Highlights and Keywords, in the context of the full article, to see how useful these features could be in promoting published work and increasing reader engagement with individual papers.   Method At the end of 2019, Cactus processed over 125 academic papers using the Scholarly Highlights API across each of the following domains: [...]


Can summarisation tech help authors draft their manuscripts?

Scholarcy’s Manuscript Pilot with Future Science Group Background We recently ran a pilot with Future Science Group to evaluate how well Scholarcy’s knowledge extraction and summarisation technology worked in comparison to author generated abstracts, summary points and keywords. The pilot was based on post-acceptance, pre-publication papers supplied as un-copyedited Word files to FSG’s Editorial Director, Laura Dormer and included: 1.      Population-based assessment of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommendations for baseline imaging of rectal cancer (Abdel-Rahman and Cheung, 2019) 2.      Medicaid insurance status [...]


Uncovering Previous Research Findings In Preprints

‘If Citations Could Talk’: Extracting, Structuring And Linking References To Reveal Earlier Research Findings Researchers have been making their early-stage research available on preprint servers since the early 90s, but it’s really over the past year or two that preprints have gone mainstream. As well as the huge growth in submissions to established repositories such as arXiv and bioRxiv, there are now preprint servers for marine biology, the social sciences, psychology, chemistry, health sciences, and larger publishers are starting to get [...]

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How does Scholarcy work its magic?

8 Steps To Structured Knowledge Extraction From Research Papers 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 [...]