FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Scholarcy makes it easy to promote your research on Twitter. It generates a Tweetable headine from your research paper, with a link to the article and with key terms converted into hashtags.

When you click the Tweet button, you can edit the Tweet before you send it. In some cases it may need a little cutting down to size.

There are a number of ways that you can use Scholarcy to create a plain language summary for a research paper.

  1. Upload the paper to your Scholarcy Library (or try the Flashcard generator) where it will create a summary flashcard
  2. Start with the text in the Scholarcy Highlights, Scholarcy Summary and Conclusion flashcard sections
  3. Follow links to definitions of technical terms for background context
  4. Rework the text to suit your audience. If you are using Scholarcy Library, you can export the flashcard to Microsoft Word so you can edit it directly

Image/figure extraction is disabled by default both in the Chrome Extension and Scholarcy Library web app. You can enable it in the Chrome Extension by choosing Options, and in the Library by choosing Settings, and then checking the Extract figures checkbox (about half-way down the Basic options section).

You may need to experiment with both the v1 and v2 options for the Image engine setting in the Advanced section to get the best results. Generally, the default v1 option works best for figures made up of a single bitmap, whereas v2 works well when each figure is made of multiple bitmaps or a mixture of bitmap and line drawings.

Normally, you should see a ‘Save to Library’ button in the Chrome extension when you are logged into your Scholarcy Library account. If not, you may need to log out from Scholarcy Library, clear your cookies, and log in again.

Log out from your Scholarcy Library. Go to chrome://settings/siteData?search=cookies and search for scholarcy.com. Delete cookies from app.scholarcy.com and scholarcy.com and then log in to your Scholarcy Library account again.

You may also need to temporarily disable any Adblocker extensions you have running while you carry out this process.

You can! We have a suite of cloud-based or on-premises APIs, and are happy to work with other companies who would like to use our technology in their products and services. For example, Scholarcy is probably the only tool out there that can

  • extract references accurately from any PDF or Word document, in any referencing style, link them to Google Scholar, and convert them to XML, so you can easily reformat them into your own house style.
  • extract metadata from manuscripts to pre-populate author submission and peer review systems
  • extract key findings and highlights to improve discoverability and SEO
  • generate lay summaries for a non-expert audience
  • extract key terms, glossaries, facts, statistics and claims from documents of almost any size (hundreds of pages or more)

All data is transmitted via SSL and TLS in both directions. When you use the Scholarcy Library, Scholarcy Chrome Extension, Scholarcy API, or any of our demos, we process the following data:

  • your IP address. This data is logged and retained for 1 year.
  • The current URL in your browser. This data is logged and retained for 1 year.
  • The contents of the current page in your browser, or the contents of the file that you upload. This data is deleted immediately after processing – usually within 30 seconds.
  • If you are logged in to the Scholarcy Web Library, an authentication cookie that allows the Chrome Extension to store the summary content in your Web Library account.

When you sign up to the Scholarcy Library web app, we securely store your name, email address, and affiliation if you choose to provide it. This data is stored as part of your account, and you have control over its retention and deletion.

If you sign up to our mailing list (via separate opt-in), we use secure, third-party services to process your email address. Any other processing of your data is initiated by you, such as requesting a password reset.

We do not store credit card or other sensitive information. Our payment services are handled by Stripe. See our Terms of Service for more information. You can also delete your account at any time and this will completely remove your information from our systems, apart from data required for legal compliance purposes.

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of the Scholarcy Website, Scholarcy Library, and the Scholarcy Extension. For more details, see our Cookies Policy and our Privacy Policy.

If you subscribe to Scholarcy Library – our paid, premium subscription service –  you will be able to create searchable libraries of summary cards that you can access, share and annotate on any device, import and export your reference manager, import from Dropbox and export to Word. You will also have access to future premium features such as:

  • create bibliographies in APA, MLA, Harvard, Chicago and Vancouver styles
  • export summaries to Evernote
  • Google Docs integration
  • essay plan generation

and much more, for a reasonable monthly cost – see the Pricing page.

Scholarcy automatically highlights important information in the document. Here’s what the different colours mean:

  • Purple: Key claims and contributions made by the paper
  • Yellow: Key knowledge statements and take-home facts
  • Green: Populations and statistics: study groups, sample sizes, and outcomes (e.g. p values)