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Abstract Poetry asks the question - how can we make academic search meet your needs as an individual researcher better?
When talking to researchers, we found three problems with search as it is:
All of this creates a bias in search that leads makes it just that much more difficult to achieve any researchers goal. To publish high quality, reproducible, and representative research that adds to the current literature.
This document is a summary of what we have so far - and where we are going.
<aside> 🎓 We’re building interactive, exploratory search for academic papers that considers what you as a researcher want in order to refine search criteria.
The overarching problem with academic search engines now is that while you may not have the exact search keywords, you probably have a broad intuition about the type of things you’re looking for. Your goal isn’t necessary to find a specific paper, but instead generate a reading list or collection of interesting articles related to a field or topic. In short, you’re performing exploratory search, rather than discriminative search.
search relevance is not what u need, when you don’t know, what you don’t know
Existing keyword search engines (Google Scholar, or even the preferable Semantic Scholar) are poorly designed for this type of exploration, for several reasons: