Get to the point: summarise and help science thrive
Open Access (OA) is changing the science publishing landscape.
Authors are looking beyond a journal’s impact factor when choosing where to publish. They need to ensure their work is discovered, accessed and used by the wider scientific community.
Authors rely on multiple strategies to raise their research profile. To get those citations and increase their impact, they need to ensure their work is clear to researchers from other fields.
Automated summaries can help. These use algorithms to translate complex ideas into simpler, more accessible language. Through automated summaries, research becomes understandable, discoverable and shareable.
From a publisher’s perspective, automated summaries of research papers have many practical benefits:
Helping authors promote their work
As a service to authors, publishers can use the algorithms to provide tailored summaries of research papers.
Authors can then check and edit summaries for publication alongside the original papers or on their own social media channels.
Saving editorial time and costs
Publishers can send summaries to SciencePOD’s editors, who will quickly prepare them for publication.
These summaries serve multiple purposes. Authors can share them on social media, publishers can feature them on a journal’s home page, and they can be shared with funding agencies.
Increasing research discoverability
Our algorithms extract keywords from published papers for use as metadata.
This increases a paper’s discoverability, for a larger, more diverse readership.
Improving literature searches
Summaries save time. Scientists reading outside their own field, need to know quickly and accurately which papers are helpful to them.
Summaries help publishers and marketing managers select papers to highlight or promote, and suggest the best papers for specific news stories or press releases.
Summaries help editors at the peer-reviewing stage, when selecting work to send out for review.
Automated summaries and open-access research
Summarising scientific papers helps to Make open access more impactful
Open access literature only benefits the wider scientific community if research is accessible to audiences outside a particular discipline or field of expertise. Open science needs results that are available to all.
Promote cross- and multidisciplinary research
Making research finding from one discipline accessible to scientists in another field helps to promote multidisciplinary science.
Funding review boards do not always have expertise in a given field. Grant candidates need to explain their work in plain, accessible language.
Tech and research start-ups seeking venture capital funding must communicate findings clearly to make the best case for their innovations. Summaries are a great place to start.
Scientists, organisations and companies funded by taxpayers must clearly communicate and disseminate their research outputs.
The European Medicines Agency, for example, requires all clinical research results published on its website to include accompanying plain-language summaries.
Automation speeds up this process, leaving more time for research, publishing and grant applications.
Contribute to evidence-based policymaking
Clear, accessible, understandable summaries of scientific findings encourage evidence-based policymaking and build strong cases for change. They can also counter misinformation and quickly identify evidence for debate.
Support Open Science
A summary can take research findings out into the world, and ensure evidence-driven science is visible, accessible and consumable. This is SciencePOD’s goal, to show that science is a part of everyone's life.
Contact us to request a sample of our first-generation automated research paper summaries.
SciencePOD is already working on second-generation summaries for science publishers. Search-engine friendly, fast and accurate – this is just the start.