Using the Scholarcy Chrome Extension
Our browser extension for Chrome and Edge processes the contents of the current page in your web browser, if it is publicly accessible and not behind a login/paywall. The contents of the current page will be processed on our server, and the extracted information is returned to you. All content is deleted from our server within 30 minutes. When you click on the Scholarcy extension and choose ‘Options’, you can modify the way Scholarcy processes your content.
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We’ve recently simplified the options to make the extension easier to configure. By default, all options apart from Rewrite in 3rd person, Extract tables, Extract figures are enabled.
This sets the length of the Scholarcy summary section of the flashcard. You can choose to have a summary with a fixed word limit set by the words option, or as a fraction of the original document set by the % option. If set, the % will override any value for the fixed word count. However, when the Structured summary and Section snippets options are checked (default – see below), setting a target summary length will have less of an effect, depending on the structure and length of the original article.
This can be set to articles, which gives a good result for a broad range of documents, or books/chapters, which tends to work better for book chapters and longer texts.
Rewrite in 3rd person
This rewrites the Scholarcy summary 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.
When checked, the AI will aim to structure the summary according to the structured of the source document, for example Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusion.
When checked, snippets from each section will be shown in the flashcard, and the AI will sample from these snippets when Structured summary is also enabled. When unchecked, the full content of each section will be shown and used as the input to the summary engine.
Facts (blue) and claims (beige) within the article are automatically highlighted for you, but you can uncheck this here to turn this feature off.
We automatically link key terms throughout the text to their Wikipedia articles, but if this is getting in the way, you can switch this off here.
Figures and 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.
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. Figure extraction is very CPU intensive and, for large documents with high-resolution images, may not always be successful, so it is disabled by default.