research

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 [...]

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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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Reviewing papers

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 [...]

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

With Reading Time Diminishing, Valuable Information Is Being Missed 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 [...]

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