FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


For best results, Scholarcy needs access to the full text of the article. If the article is behind a paywall or institutional log in, unfortunately our cloud-based services cannot access it. In this case, it is best to upload the PDF of the article instead. In your browser, open a new tab, click on the Chrome Extension icon, and click the ‘Choose File’ button to navigate to the PDF on your local machine.

Alternatively, you can upload files directly to your Scholarcy Library.

To extract the references, Scholarcy usually needs access to the full text of the article or chapter, unless the publisher has made the references openly available with the abstract. Otherwise, the article/chapter needs to be open access, or you need to upload the PDF directly, if you have legitimate access to it.

Reference extraction is available within the Chrome Extension, if you are logged into your Scholarcy account, or within Scholarcy Library. Within the summary flashcard for the article, click the download button in the References tab to download them as either a RIS or BibTeX.

Reference extraction is also available via our API, and via our browser bookmarklets which you can install from our Labs page.

 

This may sometimes happen just after you activate your account. If you log out and log in again, this should resolve the problem.

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)