Navigating the Biomedical Maze: A Scholarcy Success Story
Picture the whirlwind of being a first-year biomedical science undergraduate at the University of Sheffield – the excitement of newfound knowledge mixed with the challenge of deciphering scientific jargon that might as well be written in another language. Now, meet a remarkable undergrad on this journey, not just as a first-year student but as someone who returned to academia at the age of 23, bringing a different perspective and life experience to her studies.
Can summarization tech help authors draft their manuscripts?
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.
Best assistive technologies for college students
With digital-first learning becoming more established in colleges and universities, there’s also increased demand for assistive technology to support the growing number of students with a neurodiversity or physical disability. Assistive technology can unlock the learning potential of neurodivergent students in Higher Education helping them to focus, stay organised and grow in confidence. We’ve taken a look at some of the best digital assistive technologies available to college students today.
How universities are adapting to support neurodiverse students
Imagine a world where all individuals are free to use their strengths to learn, develop and create. This is a mission many universities are looking to embrace through the introduction of services, technology, and spaces designed to support students with a wide range of learning needs.It’s estimated that around 15-20% of the world’s population has a specific learning difference such as ADHD, autism, or dyslexia
The 5 Best AI Tools for Postgraduate Research
What's the most challenging part of working towards your postgraduate degree? For many students, combing through mountains of research presents an insurmountable obstacle.For one thing, the sheer volume of research articles you have to read is overwhelming. On top of that, research material isn't exactly an easy read, and sifting through each article to glean the relevant information you need takes a great deal of time and effort.
Sifting and evaluating academic articles using Scholarcy
Getting a clear insight into what an academic article is about takes time. It’s perhaps not surprising that researchers are good readers, but effective research involves two quite different kinds of reading: reading at scale, and detailed evaluation.Researchers read at scale to carry out the initial scan of an article. Using the standard figure for adult reading speeds of 300 words per minute, and given an average length of article as 4,133 words (based on a count of 61,000 articles in PubMed Central), it will take a researcher around 14 minutes to read (that is, to scan) one paper.
Can automation make you a better researcher?
With many skills, such as learning a language, playing an instrument, or learning to ski, we often think that if only we spent more time on the task, we would reach our goals more effectively. But is the same true for all aspects of academic research - for example, screening the literature? Does spending more time screening research papers always make for better research?
Connecting the dots: knowledge graphs for all
There is a famous saying by the pioneering linguist John Rupert Firth, that ‘you shall know a word by the company it keeps’. Nothing exists in isolation – it’s not enough to know that a document mentions words such as love, poetry, or people such as Keats, Wordsworth, and places such as Paris. We want to know the context in which words and concepts are described and how these relate to their mentions in other documents.
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.
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.
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 knowledge, presenting challenges for the general reader and students alike.
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 to Robert Hooke, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” In other words, he read all the relevant articles and books that preceded his own thinking.
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.
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 led to a shift in the way we interact with content – and even each other.
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.
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 we can learn from them.