Using the Scholarcy Chrome Extension


When you right-click on the Scholarcy extension and choose 'Options', you can modify the way Scholarcy processes your PDF files.

By default, all options apart from Extract figures are enabled.

Basic options

Generate summary

This creates the Summarized for you by Scholarcy section, comprising a summary of the main document text with a word limit set by the word count option.

Extract sections

This identifies the main sections in the document (Introduction, Methods, Conclusion etc) and creates summary sections for each of these.

Extract statistics

This identifies population, intervention and outcome measures and reports these in a Participants and statistics section.

Extract tables

This identifies tabular data and their captions, showing the captions in a Tables section along with a download button to save the tables to an Excel file on your computer.

Extract figures

This extracts figures and their captions into a Figures section. You can then click on each figure to show a larger version in a new browser tab. Each Figure will be linked to callouts in the text.

Highlight facts

This highlights in yellow important facts stated by the paper.

Smart highlighting

Individual facts may span a few words and may lack context, so Smart highlighting extends the fact to a complete clause.

Highlight contributions

This highlights in pink the main goals that the authors set out to achieve and the main contributions of the paper.

Rewrite in 3rd person

This rewrites the Summarized for you by Scholarcy section into a neutral third person (for example 'The authors' results suggest ...') to make it easier to quote from and reference sections of the paper.

Link citations

This creates links between inline citations such as [3, 4] or (Smith 2007a) to the relevant bibliographic entry.


Advanced options

You probably won't want to or need to change these options very often, but you may like to experiment with them to speed up processing or improve the results.

External metadata

This locates metadata from external sources such as CrossRef, arXiv and others to correct the results of the automated extraction of title, authors and abstract where necessary.

PDF engine

Reflowing text in the correct order from PDF files is surprisingly difficult. You can change this to Experimental which may give improved results on 'difficult' PDFs.

Background reading list

  • Fast: maps key terms to a Wikipedia search query but does not attempt to verify or disambiguate the results

  • Precise (default): maps key terms to the correct Wikipedia entry, which may add a few seconds to processing time

  • Broad: A combination of the Fast and Precise, and includes Wikipedia entries that include the key term in the title

  • Broader: As for broad, but also includes Wikipedia entries that include the key term in the entry

Key terms

  • Narrow (default): Identifies specific key terms in the document

  • Broad: As for narrow but also includes acronyms

  • Broader: As for broad but also includes frequent noun phrases


  • Representative (default): Harvests key terms from a representative sample of the document

  • Full text: Harvests key terms from the full document