Combining AI and visual design to create beautiful scientific posters
The background study for your research is an extensive undertaking. There’s a huge number of scientific papers you’ll need to sift through to glean vital information about the foundations and latest developments in your subject. In fact, the typical academic scholar reads an average of 20 research papers a month.Scientific papers have also become harder to read in recent years which just adds to the time pressure, especially if you’re screening a lot of literature. Complex writing styles and overuse of jargon have exacerbated the problem. Just skimming articles to identify key data and findings can take up a lot of your research time, and that’s before you even get to a shortlist of papers that you need to analyze in more depth.
Five pitfalls to look out for when doing your literature review
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.
How to solve the problem of too much information and not enough time
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 fact, as a way of digesting large volumes of information, skim reading is actively encouraged by some. Speaking at the 2018 Deep Learning Indaba, Jeff Dean, Head of AI at Google, said...